Ticino is notorious for its sweet chestnuts. The luscious taste sets the marroni apart from chestnuts of other regions, making them especially desirable… Roasted, pureed, baked or cooked: Chestnuts are good all around – and healthy, too!
During the warm days of autumn, Ticino’s chestnut culture really unfolds as even the smallest villages hold their „castagnata“ festivals (here is a comprehensive list of chestnuts festivals in 2015).
Chestnut Workshop at Albergo Casa Santo Stefano
Do you love chestnuts as much as we do? During a two-day chestnut workshop at the charming Albergo Casa Santo Stefano, you will also hike through the mixed woods of the Malcantone region with a local nutritionist, Erica Bänziger.
She not only knows where to find chestnuts, but also how to prepare them: As part of the workshop at the inn, you will be able to cook dinner alongside her, learning everything you ever wanted to know about preparing marroni dishes.
Saturday, beginning at 4:30 PM:
– Welcome reception with coffee, tea and Erica’s signature chestnut truffles…
– Information about Ticino’s chestnut culture and products, incl. video
– Cooking class with Erica in the inn’s kitchen, including cookbook (plus voluntary dinner preparation), or individual activities (how about looking for chestnuts?)
Saturday, 6:30 PM:
– Apéro featuring chestnut specialties
– Five course „Chestnut Surprise“ meal (vegetarian)
– Hiking along the chestnut trail to Arosio.
– Lunch at Ristorante San Michele, known for its chestnut dishes (not included in price)
CHF 255 per person in double-room, registration at 091 609 19 35 or [email protected]
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