Country festivals in Cortina

One of the unmissable events of the summer, country festivals are the right place to have fun in Cortina.

Quick index (Click to expand) Introduction Country festival of Azon Country festival of Cadin Country festival of Cortina Country festival of Chiave Country festival of Alverà Country festival of Zuel Running races Conclusion

Introduction:

The "Country festivals" (italian: Feste Campestri) of Cortina d'Ampezzo are six summer events where you can eat, drink and have fun. They are one of the most awaited appointments of the summer, both by residents and tourists.
The Country festivals are six parties organized by the six different Districts of Cortina (italian: Sestieri di Cortina) in which the town is divided, which today have pratically only folkloric value. Each district (italian: sestiere) sets up its own country festival within its borders, so they all take place in different places.

The purpose is to promote folklore and sporting activity...

The importance of country festivals is volunteering. All the people you'll see working, plus all those involved in assembly, disassembly and organization, do it for free. The purpose of these activities is to promote folklore and sports activities. All the money earned during the festivals is in fact used to pay the sports activities of children and young people of the district, such as cross-country skiing courses or the soccer tournament.

The mid-August country festival in Zuel, hamlet of Cortina
Country festival of Mid-August.
The cooking of chickens during one of cortina's country festivals
Chickens sizzling on the coals.
People dancing during a country festival in Cortina d'Ampezzo
And after eating you can dance.

Organizing these activities each district involve its young citizens, creating a group of friends who practice outdoor activities together and that, hopefully, growing up will help in the organization of future country festivals. This system has been going on for many years and works quite well. If you are going to eat at one of these "party", and you have to wait a few minutes, remember, those who are working are not professionals, but people who want to help their district. By eating a sausage or drinking a beer, you'll allow a child to take, for example, free ski or soccer courses, so please be patient if we are not as fast and organized as a professional catering would be.

...every "sestiere" is specialized, proposing a dish that distinguishes it...

The dishes offered are the classic ones of the village festivals, such as "polenta", sausage, melted cheese, chips, beer and wine. Over the years, however, each district has specialized, offering a dish that distinguishes it, such as the famous fartaies, a sweetness of "Alverà" district. Let's go now to analyze each country festival in detail, in order to understand what are the characteristics that distinguish it and why to visit it.

Caution: due to restrictions caused by Covid19 the country festivals and activities of the sestieri are currently suspended. We will update the page as soon as there is any news.

The summer of village festivals begins on the first Sunday of July, with the village festival (italian: Sagra d'Ampezzo), a typical event with stalls all along Corso Italia. During the festival representatives of the various districts compete in a series of sporting events, including "the running race of the districts" (dialect: "Ra Corsa dei Sestiere"), the Stump Saw and the tug of war.
All these events take place in Corso Italia and in the main square of the town, where there is also a kiosk where the partecipants and fans of the competitions will celebrate until late in the evening. Once the village festival is over, every weekend, the country festivals will take place, starting with the "Azon district".

Summer Palio of Cortina d'ampezzo, cutting of the stump
Summer Palio of Cortina, the stump saw.
A concert in the shell of Cortina during the Ampezzo festival
Concert in "the shell" during the festival.
The prize giving ceremony of the women's race of Cortina
The prize-giving of the female palio.
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Country festival of Azon:

Azon district logo The festival of "Azon" has been held for years on the penultimate Sunday of August, but recently it has been decided to change the date, moving to the weekend immediately after the village festival and thus becoming the first country festival in Cortina. Considering that the district of Azon is one of the smallest and that tourism has not started yet, this is one of the most rustic festivals, but this also makes it very appreciated by the residents. The "blackbirds (italian: Merli)" is how the inhabitants of Azon call themselves, because their flag is represented by a blackbird, are a very close-knit group and are also great party-goers, so they know how to organize a party. The specialty of the sestiere are the Nigele, a delicious "kind of" spherical pancakes cooked at the moment, so that at certain times you may have to wait in long lines to get a plate. The festival, from year to year, is organized in different locations, according to the organizational needs. The last edition was celebrated in Son dei PradeSmall icon map, a place that can be reached only with a car, but with a rather large parking lot in the same square as the festival. Read the posters or ask at the info point of CortinaSmall icon map, because a bus service could be available.

Country festival of Cadin:

Cadin district logo The country festival of Cadin has been, in the past, for many years the opening festival of the Cortina's country festivals, so it is one of the most popular among the lovers of country festivals, thanks to a kiosk at the entrance of the festival that is a magnet for the thirstiest. As said above, the festivity of Azon has moved, becoming the first one, but Cadin maintain an affective value for great part of the population. The party is organized in the parking lot in front of the Bob BarSmall icon map and is largely set up outdoors. In addition to great burgers, Cadin is famous for its special freshly made apple fritters (italian: frittelle di mele). You can park on the nearby streets, or on the parking lot of the climbing gym, but probably the best choice is to take a walk from the center because the distance is not so excessive and the parking places are not so many. Cadin is without doubt a party with a capital P if you like the kind of, where more than one person is captured by the kiosk and stays to celebrate until late at night.

Country festival of Cortina:

Cortina district logo The country festival of Cortina is the one that takes place in a more central position, it is in fact set up in the "Via del Parco" parking lotSmall icon map. It is a festival where many people go to eat, thanks to the convenience to reach it. The menu is structured with traditional Ampezzo dishes. As a specialty you can eat the Spätzle, spinach dumplings seasoned with melted butter and speck, as well as the classic chickens, sausages and vegetables. butter and speck as well as the classic roast chicken, sausages and fries. The evening is accompanied by live music, beer and dancing. The dessert of the sestiere are the egg omelette with the marmalade. The party is very close to the center, making it quite easy to reach on foot, but if for any reason you have to take the car, in the immediate vicinity, there is the parking lot of the Revis gymSmall icon map, which is large, but not immense. It's not so obvious to be able to park in the immediate vicinity, also because the second large parking lot in the area is used to host the festival. There are, anyway, many other reasonably close parking places, such as the one of the elementary schoolsSmall icon map and the parking lot of the "Ex Mercato"Small icon map.

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Country festival of Chiave:

Chiave district logo The country festival of Chiave is generally built in locality Guargnè, near the dismissed swimming poolSmall icon map, even if some edition has taken place in locality FiamesSmall icon map for organizational reasons. In this case the distance from the center, for those who move on foot, could be a problem, so it is generally organized a shuttle bus for transportation on site. You can find more informations on the posters or simply ask to the info point of CortinaSmall icon map if the bus service is available. Among the gastronomic specialties of Chiave there are the tripe (italian: trippe) and the tirtlen, a disc of fried dough filled with spinach or jam, in addition to the classic dishes like roasted chickens, sausages and chops with polenta or bread. Of course, there is also a phenomenal kiosk for aperitifs, music and fun. When the party takes place in Fiames the parking lots are abundant, when it is set up near the dismissed swimming pool, parking spaces are organized on the lawns in the nearby, so the country festival can be reached with a short walk uphill.

Country festival of Alverà:

Alverà district logo The country festival of Alverà has historically been organized in the vicinity of "Rio Gere", on the "Tre Croci" passPiccola icona mappa. Given the distance from the center, a shuttle service is generally offered from the bus station. As before, more infos can be asked to the info point of CortinaSmall icon map. Always very focused to the cuisine, the residents of the district of Alverà offer their guests various specialties, among which the pork fillet in a crust (italian: filetto di maiale in crosta) and the fartaies, a fried sweetness with an interesting shape, accompanied by blueberry jam. Ampezzo inhabitants and tourists are very greedy for the fartaies, as you would see from the queue needed to take one. The festival is organized in the month of August, so you'll find a large influx of tourists and passers-by. The parking lot is huge, so you won't have any difficulty parking your car nearby. Due to some problems related to the road, the last edition of the festival was held in locality FiamesSmall icon map.

Country festival of Zuel:

Zuel district logo The country festival of Zuel is organized under the Olympic Trampoline "Italia"Piccola icona mappa. Considering that it is organized on the 13th and 14th of August, it is certainly the most heartfelt country festival for the guests of Cortina, that in that period are more numerous. The dishes offered, without considering the usual grilled specialties, have the scents of the forest with mushrooms and fruits of the forest with whipped cream. There are also the porchetta and a homemade pasta stuffed with red turnips, a very typical dish of Cortina, called "casunziei". It is also possible to find the "smorum", an egg and apple cake inspired by the Austrian kaiserschmarrn.
The party goes on all night long with music and dance floor. After a certain hour the die-hards move to the kiosk until late at night. Zuel's country party concludes in the best way the tradition of country festivals in Cortina. Due to the large number of people, most of the times it is necessary to park on the parking spaces organized in the meadows of Zuel, and then walk a few minutes, slightly uphill, before reaching the festival. Read the posters or ask at the info point of CortinaSmall icon map because a bus service could be available.

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Running races:

For sport lovers, two side events are organized both at the festival campeste of Cadin and Zuel, two running races The tour of the district of Cadin and El Siro de Pianozes.

The "tour of the district of Cadin" is an individual non-competitive 5-kilometer race starting at 6:30 p.m. from the stands of the bobsled track, while "El Siro de Pianozes" is a non-competitive running race of 7 kilometers starting at 9:30 am at the Olympic ski jump "Italy" in Zuel. In both races the registration can be done on site up to one hour before the start. Please check the posters for the correct dates and times, as the organization could be subject of change.

Siro de Pianozes children departure
Children's start in Zuel.
El Siro de Pianozes, Running races in Cortina d'Ampezzo
Running races in Cortina.
The award ceremony of the Siro de Pianozes of Cortina
The awards of the "Siro de Pianozes".

Conclusion:

At the moment, due to the Covid emergency, all the events of the Sestieri d'Ampezzo are suspended, however we are waiting for updates and we will arrange the page with the the correct dates when the events will resume regularly.

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