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3 Days Of Pork – Porchettiamo In Umbria

by Tony · 14 comments

Roasting PigLiterally meaning “I Love Porchetta,” Porchettiamo celebrates everything I love about Italy: The food, the wine, and the many different ways Italians’ have of celebrating both.

It’s not just a celebration of any food, either.

But a celebration of Porchetta. A moist, savory, concoction of spice infused Pork kept together by the crispy skin of the pig.

More PorchettaPorchetta is actually held in such high esteem in Italian culture that it was selected by Italy to be on their “prodotto agroalimentare tradizionale,” an official list of traditional foods held to have traditional significance.

This festival had taken on mythical proportions in my mind as I kept hearing more about it during my time in Umbria and yet, I missed out on going by only a few weeks. Having run from May 18th until May 20th, anybody with tickets and time was able to eat Porchetta until they were as stuffed as the pigs.

Have you ever had a Porchetta sandwich? If you’re a vegetarian, I’ll give you a pass if you haven’t. But a meat lover?

There is no excuse!

I had my first one 6 months ago at Roli Roti in San Francisco, a food cart outside of the Ferry building during the Saturday farmer’s market.

Porchetta Delight

Roli Roti goodness in San Francisco

Mothers covered their children’s ears trying to keep them from hearing my symphony of inappropriate gurgles, moans, and sighs.

A little Porchetta delight

Don't judge me...

My time in Umbria was fantastic, but my one regret (a giant one), was that my timing was off by a few weeks and I missed out on this ridiculous festival.

It was 3 days of feasting on the best Porchetta from every region of Italy… not to mention drinking all of the Italian wines and local beers you could handle  to help wash down the pork.

From everything I heard from friends in Umbria, this festival is not to be missed.

So I’m telling you in anticipation of next year, prepare to have your taste buds assaulted by awesomeness and book your flights now for next years event.

It’s already on my calendar…

Your turn: Is there a food that makes you drool and melt into an uncontrollable blob? And have you ever been to a festival of Pork? Maybe even Porchettiamo itself? If so… please share in the comments and let me live vicariously through you!

About Tony
Quit his job to try actually following his dreams for once... and is currently loving it. He is working hard to to make this life-style permanent by writing about his adventures and brainstorming money making opportunities with his partner-in-crime, Meg.

Alexandra May 31, 2012 at 2:06 am

Yeah we totally f@$*ed up by not going back to Umbria for this! I’m all for planning a trip next year!

Tony May 31, 2012 at 5:08 am

I would need a week of preparing for it as well… have to be in top eating shape to handle all of that porchetta! I was being totally honest… my BIGGEST regret in europe so far!

Alexandra May 31, 2012 at 5:24 am

Sounds like my kind of workout 😉 Stomach stretching LOL

Magz May 31, 2012 at 3:09 pm

now THIS is Mony binge day worthy.

Tony June 4, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Epic right? Why don’t you just go ahead and book it on your calendar and we will all meet there next year!

Magz June 4, 2012 at 4:11 pm

done and DONE. I think we should just plan on meeting up at all the food festivals around the world… let food plan our family vacas.

Changes In Longitude June 1, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Love the pic of u eating the sandwich. Hope you look that blissful sometimes for Meg.


Larissa and Michael

Tony June 4, 2012 at 4:03 pm


Sidenote… we tried some sheep intestine in Turkey per your recommendation… absolutely delicious with all of those spices! Who knew?

– Tony

Magz June 4, 2012 at 4:10 pm

did mama and papa rullz get in on those sheep intestines???!!

Matthew Hutchins June 22, 2012 at 7:04 am

Oh my god, that looks so tasty, wish I was there.

Tony June 27, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Me too! Still upset I didn’t get to go… biggest regret on our travels so far! Even more than missing out on Iguazu Falls in Argentina!

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