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South Tyrolean Speck Festival
South Tyrolean Speck Fest
Traditional "Schuhplattler" dancerTraditional "Schuhplattler" dancer

South Tyrolean Speck Festival Villnöss/Funes valley

A quality product at the centre of attention

Due to the general situation, the organizers have decided to postpone the Speck Festival 2021 to 2022. We are looking forward to welcome you to the Speck Festival in Villnöss/Funes in 2022.

The production of Speck, speciality ham and bacon, is a tradition going back hundreds of years in South Tyrol. Every year in October the Villnöss/Funes valley dedicates a whole weekend in autumn to this top quality product.

The festival starts on Saturday with the motto “Rural Heritage”, during which an insight is given into the work and customs of farmers, and the Villnöss Brillenschaf sheep takes pride of place. Excellent bread is baked in the show ovens and various farmers sell produce from their own farms. And of course the farmers’ crafts aren’t forgotten either.

On Sunday there’s a special highlight on the programme every year. The unveiling of the Speck surprise... the organisers always come up with something new. Alongside various Speck specialities you can also enjoy a colourful programme of entertainment, the crowning of the Speck Queen, and get to know Hans Mantinger, known as "Gleschterhans", who impresses with his Speck slicing ability.
Speck Queen 2019/20 Sara PernthalerSpeck Queen 2019/20 Sara Pernthaler

Alternative framework programme 2021 (Registration required - limited number of participants)

  • Wednesday, 29.09.2021: Slow Food Travel - Discover the taste of Speck and wine: Hike in Teis with wine tasting on the platform of the winery Eisacktaler Kellerei and Speck tasting in the Huaber Weingort and at the farm Torggler Hof; Meeting point at the bus turning point Teis at 10 a.m.; Duration of the hike: approx. 2 h, Participation: € 15,00/person (only German and Italien speaking guides)
  • Friday, 01.10.2021: Speck at "Gletscherhans": Hike with Hans Mantinger, better known as Gletscherhans, the fastest Speck cutter in South Tyrol. Enjoyable low mountain hike with a visit to South Tyrolean farmhouses and their traditional structures for Speck production. Meeting point: Tourist Information Office at St. Peter/Villnöss valley, 10.00 a.m.; duration of the hike: approx. 2 h, participation: € 15,00/person (only German and Italian speaking guides)
  • Saturday, 02.10.2021: Traditional farmer's market: sale of Speck and traditional farmer's products on the central square in St. Magdalena/Villnöss valley; start 10:00 a.m.
  • Bacon sale and small bacon tasting in the stores Vontavon Niederstätter and Teiser Dorfladen