Sicily in September

Editorial

Things to do in Sicily in September
Sicily houses a variety of cultural events and local festivals all year round in different locations, due to the island’s complex history. Here are some must-sees when visiting in September.

A Sicilian Wine Festival
ViniMilo – Catania (4th-5th & 11th-12th Sept)
In celebration of Italy’s fine wines, each year the festival of ViniMilo is held over the last week of August and first week of September on the slopes of Mount Etna in the town of Milo, a spectacular venue overlooking the stunning landscapes for enjoying the local dishes accompanied with perfectly matched wine, which some will be available to buy. Music and workshops accompany the festival, creating a lively atmosphere and providing the opportunity to take an Italian food masterclass, making it both a fun and educational experience.

A Sicilian Cultural Experience
Festival del Cinema di Frontiera – Marzamemi (14th – 19th Sept)
This year marks the 21st edition of the frontier cinema, a festival now considered one of the main events of the Sicilian summer which is held in the beautiful Piazza Regina Margherita in Marzamemi.The 6 day festival promotes independent and intercultural movies in an al fresco cinema that is the largest cinema hall in Europe.This year is the 21st edition where 6 out of 20 feature films will be in competition along with 15 out of 20 shorts.

A Sicilian Food Festival
CousCous Fest – San Vito Lo Capo (17th – 26th Sept)
Exactly as it sounds, this festival is dedicated to couscous. As one of the most popular international festivals, CousCous Fest sees  talented chefs arriving from a variety of nations such as Egypt, Turkey and Tunisia, to take part in a highly competitive cook-off that features couscous. If you’re not taking part in the competition you can expect to be immersed into a carnival atmosphere with live music and dancing.

A Sweet Sicilian Festival
Sherbeth Festival – Catania (23rd – 26th Sept)
Love ice-cream? The 12th edition of Sherbeth is an international homemade ice-cream festival held in the historical Bellini Villa of Catania, which transforms into an ice-cream village where talented makers use high-quality ingredients and sensational flavours for attendees to taste. And if that wasn’t good enough, the festival offers workshops for you to discover the secrets to making incredible ice-cream.

A Traditional Sicilian Procession
The Feast of Archangel Michael – Caltanissetta (29th Sept)
In honour of St. Michael, the patron saint of Caltanissetta, a big procession is celebrated through the streets where the Saint’s statue is unveiled and people gather to cheer. It has been told that in 1625 San Michele Arcangelo entered into the hearts of the inhabitants of Caltanissetta and was the miracle freeing the city from the plague. Taking place in and around the main Cathedral there are numerous ways in which the locals and neighbouring citizens come together to celebrate, with local dishes, folk music, hot air balloons and fireworks all amongst the colourful parades.