Gunbi Festival

Gunbi Festival

One of the most awaited summer events is held every year in Toirano: the Gunbi Festival. It is not only a country fair complete with music and good food. Nowadays the Gunbi Festival truly represents the epitome of the summer in Liguria and a place where everyone gets to meet and have fun.

Organized by the “Gunbi Festival Committee” Association under the patronage of the Municipality of Toirano, the festival is usually held during the first week of August: during four days, starting in the early afternoon, you are invited to the market fair, showing agricultural produce as well as arts and crafts, and to the Oil Mill Festival (also known as Gunbi or Gumbi Festival).

Then cellars are open for dinner: the small and winding lanes of Toirano’s historical center become alive and fill with people ready to taste, while walking up and down the lanes, the innumerable local specialties such as stuffed bruschetta, farinata, panizza, the “michettin” or fried bread, “sbirulini”, grissini covered with bacon, battered vegetables, Pigato-wine marinated peaches, or succulent stuffed cream puffs among other specialties.

Within the hamlet, to make the party more typical and merry, stands are scattered around, selling crafts made of wood, bijoux, clothes, natural products and much more. It is not uncommon to see artists either playing music or dancing and entertaining the passersby.  

Besides appetizers that you can taste while walking and viewing the stands,  there are also three open-air restaurants, where you can sit in the company of friends and family to enjoy a typical Ligurian meal: at The Marquis Kitchen, in the namesake park, you can find various meat- or snail-based dishes; at the Giaire’s Kitchen, in the southern part of the hamlet, everything is cooked with fish; and you cannot do without the typical vegetarian cuisine at the Braia in the schools near the Municipal Building.

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