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A Little Something From Italy That Will Make Your Mouth Water

Posted on February 16th, by Peter Parkorr in Italy, Video Adventures. 13 comments

Deep in the heart of Puglia, there is a secret orgy that takes place. Despite thousands of people taking part, the world is mostly unaware of what goes on each summer, in the warm little town of Maglie, Puglia.

People of all ages arrive in droves for a week-long event, where they ravenously descend upon the most succulent and ripe offerings, from cunning merchants who spend all year making sure they have only the finest temptations to share.

Never have you seen such luxurious and delicate oils, poured over such subtly dressed delights.

Skillful hands are busy, caressing and manipulating perfect forms into supple submission.

No ounce of flesh is spared.

Gasps of excitement punctuate the air.

Moans of appreciation encourage the provider of each pleasure.

Not a morsel is missed.

Smiles are full, when mouths are not.

But the rhythmic balance of give and take is gentle, and not excessive.

Everyone takes their time. This is Italy, where people love to languish in the moment.

Did I mention it was a family affair?

I’m talking about Mercatino del Gusto, a festival that celebrates the best produce of Puglia, from wine and olive oil to pizza, pasta, meats and cheeses, street food, ice cream and anything else you’d care to think of.

Were you thinking of something else? Do let me know in the comments! 

Here is my video of this saliva-inducing food orgy so you can see what the festival is like for yourself.


  • Teri

    I will have to put this festival on my list

  • We can’t wait to visit Italy because the food will be such a big part of it. Our favorite Italian chef back home in the USA is from Puglia, so we have had a bit of a preview with his culinary skills. Nice video!

  • Sounds great! We should definitely check it out!

  • what a wonderful celebration and video, it really shows the experience and area well, congrats

  • I love the video – my mouth is watering so much right now it’s making me want to jump on a flight to Italy this weekend instead of Aus!!

    Italy is definitely one of the best places in the world for a food orgy – can’t go past the Italian food scene. Have traveled all over the country, btu never actually taken in a food festival. Will have to rectify that asap. Thanks!

  • You have a unique way of describing things! lol This reminds me of a wine festival that I went to in Brindisi (not too far from there ) a couple of years ago. Everything was so tasty and delicious, this festival seems like it might be even better!

  • Booking a trip to Italy stat!

  • Of course I was thinking of food reading your description of the event, lol! Seriously, my mouth was watering watching your video! The food and wine look absolutely heavenly! I think I’ll have to plan a future trip to Italy around this festival.

  • Street food and wine? I’m sold! I think I would have to limit my days in Italy, though, unless I want to come home a pant size bigger!

  • I spent some time in Puglia, but I didn’t know about the festival. Sounds very Bacchanalian – even if it isn’t!

  • Italian summer festivals are my favorite – the food is always incredible and there is something about the atmosphere that makes them even more fabulous. Clearly I need to add this one to my list!

  • Neil

    Hi Peter – fantastic looking festival & wanting to go in 2016 but can’t any mention of it anywhere. Do you know if it’s an annual event & definitely happening in 2016? keep up the fantastic posts – inspirational stuff! Neil

    • Hi Neil,
      I’ve contacted the tourism board and the festival should be on from 1st to 5th August again this year as usual but it’s too early for the organisers to confirm yet. It is an annual event and the best place for info is their homepage ( ) but they’re not sure when the festival will actually announce 2016 details.

      All I can suggest is that if you book travel in the area and the festival doesn’t happen for some reason, you still won’t be disappointed. The festival is a great way to experience all their amazing food and drink in one place, but failing that it’s a stunning region and you will find incredible food and towns at every turn! I was there for 10 days, driving slowly from Bari down to Lecce and beyond, through Otranto, Alberobello, Locorotondo, Martina Franca, and lots of other gorgeous places. That doesn’t even include the beaches!

      So I think heading to Puglia is a very safe bet either way and the festival is very likely to go ahead too. Hope that helps! If I get more info I’ll be sure to pass it on.

      Cheers, Peter