- 06 December 2019 - 08 December 2019
Sunday 1st December 2019
- 4.30pm: Maison du Bon Grain – Baking of the micòoula and inaugural toast
Friday 6th December 2019
- 6.30 pm: Piazza Gossweiler – Turning on the Christmas lights
- 7.30 pm: multi-purpose hall – Fish dinner by Chef Roberto Cuomo of the restaurant “Aquila Nera” of Ivrea (booking by Tuesday 3rd December. Cost: €. 30.00, drinks included)
- 9.30 pm: dancing evening with “Luigi Gallia”
Saturday 7th December 2019
- 5.00 pm: heated pavilion – Non-competitive couples’ soccer tournament;
- 6.00 pm: library – awarding of the photo competition;
- 7.30 pm: multi-purpose hall – Aperitif-dinner of the micòoula (cost €. 15.00) followed by the concert of “Modern Fanfara Street Band”
Sunday 8th December 2019
- 10.00 am: opening of the traditional market with food and wine product stands
- Holy Mass with blessing of the micòoula in the Church of San Giorgio
- Demonstration and preparation of the micòoula by the “Amis de la micòoula”
- Re-enactment of the ancient traditions – “L’oua dé l’éivi” by the “Commission des traditions”
- Distribution of the Hône calendar by the library
- Re-enactment of ancient crafts by the group “Le guiandéc é lé fouehtec de Vion-a”
- noon: multi-purpose hall – Restaurant opening with 0 km products from Hône; afternoon in joy; awarding of the artisans;
- 6.00 pm: Church of San Giorgio – “Love and Light” Concert by the La Manda Choir of Hône;
The dancing evenings will take place in the heated pavilion at the public gardens
For fish dinner reservations: Flavio 346.6991076 – Marco 340.6737278
The festival is dedicated to the delicious rye bread that stands apart from normal black bread thanks to the presence of chestnuts, walnuts, dried figs, sultanas and, sometimes, even some chocolate shavings. In patois (dialect) it simply means “bread that is a little smaller and a slightly special”. In the past this bread was prepared in December.
During the event, demonstrations are given on how to knead and bake this traditional bread. The village of Hône, in the lower Valle d’Aosta, celebrates Valle d’Aosta’s ancestor of panettone, the Micòoula, in a traditional local food and wine occasion that has been running for years. Originally it was nothing more than traditional bread with chestnuts, typically found in the Champorcher valley and already well known in Medieval times; later enriched with other ingredients, it took its place as a sweet used at Christmas time, destined to liven up the winter social gatherings that followed on, in the village of Hône.
The little market, main event of the festival that celebrates the rediscovery of this enjoyable dish, takes place on the 8th December starting in the morning.
During the whole day the inhabitants of Hône will show how to knead and to cook the bread.
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