Cous Cous Fest, San Vito lo Capo

More than just a food festival, Cous Cous Fest is a celebration with music, street performers, and exhibits all held in honor of a simple food called couscous. Local and regional restaurants sell samples of their unique couscous dishes from booths, while drums and guitars from street bands provide a backdrop. If you want to change of pace, the beach isn't far from the festivities. Put Cous Cous Fest into our San Vito lo Capo online day trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in San Vito lo Capo.
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  • If you want to visit San Vito Lo Capo, this is the perfect time. The cous cous fest, which takes place every year in September, is an absolute must. You will meet people and cultures from all over the world. You will find lots of different recipes for couscous: fish, meat, vegetables, mixed, vegan ... The ticket for a meal is €10, maybe slightly overpriced but includes a dish of couscous at your choice, a drink of water, soda and wine (if I remember correctly), and a little sweet. In those days I ate couscous in some restaurants, but it wasn't comparable to what I ate in the stands of the Cous Cous Fest. In this regard, the recreated on the beach are very striking, give that Arab touch to the situation. During the day there are performances by many chefs, while the evening concerts of famous singers, or the disco on the beach but not end later than 02:00 because of a city Ordinance. For the rest of life is not dear, you could easily spend a week there without spending much money. The conosiglio strongly, I think I will return there ASAP!
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  • I'm not ashamed to say that I didn't know existed. Instead it was a nice surprise. We have been twice. We ate so much good and various cous cous, facts on every side. We drank wine and Marsala. A well organized party, packed with people. We have participated in various events and so we made so many chefs and celebrities. By Filippo La Mantia, Joe Bastianich, Roberto Giacobbo, Claudio Sadler, Andy Luotto, Chiara Maci, Luigi Pomata and heaps of other chefs and celebrities. We have had free concerts, as Gerard G. Amazing. And you pay the ticket only if you eat couscous, stopping at a booth. You buy your ticket at 10 euros. You'll receive a plate of couscous as you prefer, soft drink or glass of wine and dessert. I loved. Definitely will be back
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  • We came back in 2006 to this beautiful event where in almost all the booths of various nationalities, skilled hands illustrated, hand-incocciando the durum wheat flour, how to get the delicious Couscous! Today the 20th Edition we found the same fabulous organization but it felt (given the major sponsors and the high turnout) which has become a major trade event. We really liked that in all the booths were served couscous produced industrially which in my humble opinion is no longer the initial idea of the Festival. For those who never was I still recommend going there because it remains one of the most beautiful events in the Mediterranean!
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  • It's ok, but in my opinion it takes some of the authenticity of this beautiful place. Besides, you'll find lots of booths selling stuff that has nothing to do with the region or its past (e.g. Spanish beer or Swiss candy)
  • I was in San Vito from the 10th to the 22nd of September. During the Cous cous fest the town becomes a sort of "Rimini", with music on the beach from 3pm onwards, which became very loud techno/disco music from 11pm to 1.30am on Friday and Saturday. The other days the techno/disco music played until half past midnight. This happened with a special permission from the police, as the Comandante explained to me. The food is not really good. For 10 euros you can get much better stuff in any "bar" or "tavola calda". Before and during the Cous cous fest, garbage has remained for days outside the house (Via Meli), even though I took great care in following the detailed instructions provided by the authorities and repeated every evening (in Italian of course) by a car with a loudspeaker. Dogs, cats, and goats could repeatedly enjoy the rests of our meals and we could enjoy the sight of broken garbage bags. The beach was almost every day full of seaweeds and other rests from the sea. It seems that neither the municipality nor the persons who rent the beach umbrellas are responsible for cleaning the beach, which I thought is a regular service in touristic areas (at least I have seen it on the Adriatic coast). Even though the sun, the food and the people were nice, I won't go again to San Vito Lo Capo.
  • The cous cous we tried weren't that special.
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San Vito lo Capo's accommodations cluster near the beachfront, with the golden sands and pleasant water chief among the reasons to visit the area. Some particularly stylish options have their own pools and restaurants, complete with dining terraces looking out across the beach, the harbor, and beyond. Budget options are certainly available, but rates can rise dramatically during peak times, so be sure to book ahead.
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