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Every year in Hone, in the Valle d’Aosta, a highly anticipated fair is celebrated. It is the fair of the Micòoula: a typical bread of this place prepared with an ancient recipe of centenary tradition. To miss the fair would be unthinkable for the inhabitants of the place, but we are sure that if everyone had the opportunity to taste the Micòoula , they would certainly be enthusiastic about it. So why not take the opportunity to visit the stands if you are in the area? Following you will find all the information about the history of this typical Valle d’Aosta bread and about the event itself.
Micòoula Fair 2018 in Hone
The Micòoula fair in Hone is a highly anticipated event in the Valle d’Aosta areas. Hone is in fact a small village-municipality located in the autonomous region of Valle d’Aosta famous for its typical bread, made with an ancient recipe: the Micòoula, precisely. A simple and poor product that, like all the products of the Aosta Valley culinary tradition, is perfect to taste during the cold winter days. The fair in its honor falls every year near the Christmas period and is a real cultural event, from the traditional moment of the “sfornata” (taking it out of the oven) that opens the dances followed by events of both musical entertainment and dedicated to the world of food and wine, with tastings of typical products and much more.
The Micòoula: let’s discover it together…
Hone’s Micòoula is a chestnut-based bread. Its recipe even has medieval origins, and derives from the tradition (typical of the areas located in the Camporcher Valley) to prepare chestnut bread by recycling the leftovers from the first baked rye bread, combining flour with fresh chestnuts. The Micòoula bread is therefore a bread made with a mix of rye and wheat flour, to which raisins and a good quantity of freshly picked chestnuts are added. Obviously, as usual, the Micòoula is left to leaven exclusively with sourdough, which gives it the acidity and at the same time the lightness typical of long natural leavenings.
Micòoula Fair 2018: info e program
The Micòoula fair 2018 in Hone will begin at 4:30p.m. on 2nd December 2018 and will last for a week, until 9th December. The festivities will start with the famous Micòoula bread, and its inaugural toast. On the 6th, 7th and 8th of December musical performances and indoor dancing evenings will take place, with free participation. Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th it will be possible to make Christmas purchases at the market set up for the occasion and watch the live preparation of the Micòoula. Visitors can also enjoy participating in a football tournament organized specifically for the event or simply take part in one of the lunches, with a very convenient and all-inclusive set menu dedicated to the Micòoula.
Where to eat in Hone?
Hone, just like all the small villages that border it, is one of the many perfect cities where you can taste the typical products of the culinary tradition of Valle d’Aosta. The restaurants and bars dedicated to the typical cuisine are many and can satisfy everyone’s tastes. We will tell you about a couple of them, as we are sure that if you find yourself in the area you will be able to easily find the one that best suits your tastes and, above all, your budget. First we need to mention the internal restaurant of the hotel Ad Gallias, which offers not only typical dishes but also gluten-free options and a superlative menu dedicated to vegan enthusiasts.
We must also mention Le Coeur du Pont located in nearby Donnas, a stone’s throw from the river, Lo Dzerby agritourism, in the fraction Machaby of Arnand, very typical and welcoming, from the simple and homemade menu to the delightful interiors, and finally the cafeteria Di Gola, certainly more modern but at the same time typical, perfect for a coffee break or to taste some hot chocolate before the visit to the beautiful Forte di Bard . In short, the cuisine of Hone and surroundings is not only famous for the Micòoula fair, but for a thousand other delicious culinary delights.