Sometimes Google can help you end up at the most unexpected and yet interesting places. This one is a good example. Attending a beer festival is not something we usually aim for when going to wine heaven (aka. Italy), but after a couple of weeks in 40 degrees sunshine an ice cold beer seemed quite compelling, so we decided to give it a try. Perhaps I should mention that the road there is a worth a visit itself. Crete Senesi is the region south of Siena and it is just amazing, breath-taking views over the landscape – you can read more about it here/LINK.
We arrived probably around 17/18-ish in the afternoon and the festival was just about to get started. There was a cooking-demo where a chef from one of the local restaurants (guide Michelin if not remember incorrectly) cooked his A M A Z I N G risotto for us and explained how the consistency should be. Then a couple of local producers talked about their beer and products and offered the audience samples. All delivered with loads of italian warmth and enthusiasm, and off course, in Italiano 🙂
We then took the opportunity to walk around in Bagno Vignoni, which is done in like 10 mins. There is a couple of shops, hotels/spas, and restaurants, and we totally agreed that this place is to be visited again.
The BBQ opened up later in the evening and the concept was just great: you crossed off on a list what you wanted, payed for your order, handed over the paper to the chef, grabbed yourself a seat somewhere in the middle of everyone else, and just enjoyed the atmosphere while waiting for your food. We had such a great time here, people were friendly and casual, and I truly believe that food tasts ten times better under open skies (especially Italian skies) 🙂