Fish Festival in Camogli
Countdown to the traditional and beloved Camogli Fish Festival 2019, scheduled for Sunday 12 May but with events starting on Friday. Founded in 1952 by twenty local fishermen, it is famous for its fried fish and the maxi pan used during the event. Organized by the Municipality and the Pro loco of Camogli, it ensures everyone the coveted fried fish, crunchy. The Feast of San Fortunato, patron saint of fishermen, takes place the evening before the Fish Festival. After the procession a fireworks display is held and the bell tower is artfully lit.
Around 11 pm the bonfires are lit in the Porto and Pinetto districts. Old furniture, broken boats and other wooden objects are stacked and set on fire.
In the seaside village, around the weekend, about 100 thousand tourists and visitors are expected.The Fish Festival, for the first time, takes place in the name of total eco-sustainability, with the use of compostable materials. With a contribution of 6 euros you can get the pan full of fried fish and the ceramic souvenir plate, which depicts the 2019 Fish Festival manifesto.
After the blessing of the pan and fish at about 10 am, from 10.15 am to 1 pm and from 3 to 5.30 pm on Sunday, an appointment with the distribution of fish, offered by the Cooperative Pescatori Camogli and by Martini & C .. A Ruta, the distribution of fish fry is scheduled from 10.30 to 13 and from 15.30 to 17.30.
At the Castello della Dragonara, from 10 am to 6 pm, you can visit the photographic exhibition on the history of the Camogli bonfires by the San Fortunato Cultural Association. As early as Friday evening, May 10, it is possible, as usual in Largo Battistone, to taste local delicacies and not at the food stand from 7.30pm. The highlight of Saturday, May 11, is the religious celebration with the procession of the Ark of San Fortunato accompanied by the Banda Città di Camogli. At 11.30pm, on the beach, you can admire the spectacle of the bonfire fire, while the fireworks over the sea enchant those present from around 11.15pm.
In Via XX Settembre and Via della Repubblica there is the Mercatino di San Fortunato from 14.00 to 24.00 (Sunday from 9.00 to 20.00). In Largo Ido Battistone, from 12.30 and from 19.30, appointment with La Sagra on the table: food stand with Ligurian specialties by the Pro Loco.
For years, the festival has been an important moment of conviviality and atmosphere.
On the occasion of the 68th edition of the Fish Festival, at the request of the Liguria Region, Trenitalia’s offer was extended by four additional trains that make an extraordinary stop in Camogli.
Sunday 12 May there are the boats that lead directly to the Fish Festival in Camogli.
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