Chestnut Festival 2020
26 September to 24 October 2020
On Saturday October 24th 2020, the 16th Chestnut Festival ended in Bregaglia Valley. This year again, despite the cancellation of several important events and the limited number of participants per event, Bregaglia Engadin Tourism is taking a positive statement. The 60 events dedicated to the chestnut and its use in the kitchen attracted many curious and chestnut-loving people, mainly from Switzerland. We would like to thank all the 1,200 participants and especially all our partners who make themselves available every year and make the festival possible.
The annual chestnut-beating, which usually takes place in mid-November will be held this year for prevention without an external audience. We thank you for your understanding.
17. Chestnutfestival 25.09.-24.10.2021
In the southwest of Val Bregaglia, between the villages of Soglio, Bondo and Castasegna, you can find the largest chestnut groves in Europe. Their fruit, the sweet chestnut, has long played an important role as a crisis-proof food in our southern valley of the Swiss Alps. October marks the beginning of the harvest season, which has always been celebrated by the farmers with a good drink of wine and chestnuts roasted on the fire.
The Chestnut Festival continues in this tradition and aims to bring this precious food back to our guests. For four weeks we organise interesting guided tours, delicious tastings and varied walks around the chestnut. There are concerts, readings and lectures. Very much in demand are the introductions to the secrets of the chestnut tart, which our confectioners and pastry chefs reveal. And we celebrate, bigger and smaller parties, to which we invite everyone very warmly.
Some events that will take place during the Chestnut Festival 2021:
- Opening Ceremony, Saturday 25.09.2021
- Caminä e Mangä - culinary walk through the chestnut grove. Sunday 3th and 10.10.2021
- Special guest: natural cook Rebecca Clopath, Friday 8.10.2021
- Al dì di brascher - Chestnut Festival, Sunday 10.10.2021
- Visit of the Palazzo Salis in Bondo
- Closing Ceremony, Sunday 24.10.2021
Finally, one more request: The chestnut trees are privately owned, their cultivation takes much time and energy. We kindly ask you not to enter the groves or collect chestnuts. There are designated collection points at Soglio Plazza and Brentan Castasegna. Thank you very much for your understanding.
Areas for the free collection of chestnuts (for own use):
- In Plazza (busline Promontogno-Soglio). Coming from Promontogno, the area is on the left.
- In Brentan, on the trail between Plazza and Castasegna (approx. 1 km from Castasegna)
Map of the areas