In Italy a sagra is a local festival. While sagras may take the form of historical reenactments most seem to centre around food. A sagra is often dedicated to some specific local food, and the name of the sagra includes that food; the array of gastronomic specialties covered across Italy is amazing: for example, we find Festival delle Sagre astigiane, a Sagra della Rana (frog) at Casteldilago near Arrone, a Sagra della Cipolla (onion) at Cannara, a Sagra della Melanzana ripiena (stuffed eggplant) at Savona, a Sagra della Polenta at Perticara di Novafeltria, a Sagra del Lattarino at Bracciano, a Sagra del Frico at Carpacco-Dignano and so on. Among the most common sagre are those celebrating olive oil, wine, pasta and pastry of various kinds, chestnuts, and cheese.
Last weekend was to be the 50th anniversary of the Sagra all'Amatriciana.
Unfortunately it never took place. The town of Amatrice which made this sauce famous, was destroyed in last week's earthquake.
Many food bloggers participated in a Virtual Sagra over the weekend and made a donation to the Italian Red Cross.