The city of Cremona is famous all over Europe for its nougat delicacy that is called torrone, similar to Spanish turron. Every November this Lombard city hosts the traditional Festa del Torrone, an annual nougat festival. The nine-day event features lots of live shows and entertainment, tastings, cooking demonstrations, historical parades and reenactments as well as plenty of activities for children.
The festival gathers over 150 nougat producers from Italy and other countries who display and showcase their sweet product. Late November is the perfect timing for this festival as nougat is a traditional Christmas delicacy, an excellent idea for a holiday gift or treat. Cremona is also famous for its mustard that can be purchased at the festival.
The center of Cremona gets covered with stalls selling the delicious sticky nougat. Its traditional recipe includes vanilla, eggs, honey, almonds, and hazelnuts. However, there are many varieties to try as each Italian region has its own specialty.
Visitors of the festival can also immerse in magical holiday atmosphere playing traditional games and watching Christmas season entertainment: the Torrone Giganti Constructions, a re-enactment of the marriage between Francesco Sforza and Bianca Maria Visconti at Piazza del Comune, and the Torrone d'Oro award ceremony. The festival of Cremona is a wonderful occasion to get into the Christmas spirit before the holidays.