Once a staple food in Lana and Environs, the chestnut is now the highlight of the Törggelen festival held every autumn. The Keschtnriggl Chestnut Days (Kastanientage) celebrate the culture and customs of the region, with a special emphasis on the chestnut and its place in the life and history of the local population.
Selected restaurants offer traditional or exciting new menus during Keschtnriggl, holding in store some culinary surprises.
Keschtnriggl - Chestnut festival
During this celebration, a number of restaurants prepare surprisingly innovative versions of traditional chestnut-based dishes. The climax of the festivities in Foiana/Völlan, the Chestnut Feast, includes music, a farmer's market, antique handicrafts, traditional country dishes and chestnut-based delicacies.
On hikes through autumnal forests led by local farmers and foresters, you can learn and be entertained at the same time. One of the highlights is the "Keschtnfestl" in Völlan/Foiana on October 18th, featuring traditional music, farmer's market, traditional handicrafts, rustic dishes and chestnut delicacies.
The event series is named after a traditional South Tyrolean utensil - the "Keschtnriggl". It is used to remove the husks from the freshly roasted chestnuts.
All in all the Chestnut Days are a culinary highlight of the area. Many taverns and award-winning restaurants in Lana and its neighbouring villages offer traditional or exciting new menus during Keschtnriggl. In particular, as in past years, visitors may enjoy the degustation menu, "Three fortresses in one night" ("Drei Burgen in einer Nacht").
Chestnut Days: a Green Event
The Chestnut Days in Lana and Environs are held in accordance with environmentally sustainable criteria.