Forst Christmas forest

Forst Christmas forest

Forst Bier Christmas forest, Merano, South Tyrol, Italy

Tenth edition for the FORST Beer Christmas Forest

From 22.11.2023 to 07.01.2024, the Forst Christmas Forest will once again be a guest at the FORST Bier headquarters in Lagundo (BZ) with many new products. An event that has now become a permanent fixture, which is associated with tradition, passion and the cozy atmosphere of Advent and this year reaches the important milestone of its tenth edition.

Over the years, the magical Forst Christmas Forest has become a popular destination for the most contemplative time of the year. This year marks the tenth edition of the fairytale Christmas world. Authentic moments, warm hospitality, blazing fireplaces, the impressive “FORST Barn” with the large solidarity exhibition “South Tyrol. Human Territory” and a special farmers’ market with agricultural and artisan products, magical Christmas huts, a sheepfold, a nativity scene exhibition and many other exciting offers await young and old on the FORST Beer site.

At the entrance, visitors are greeted by Forst’s peace bell with its impressive design and lovely sound. It is intended to carry a message of peace and charity into the world. Every year, FORST combines the Christmas season with charitable initiatives.

To mark the 10th anniversary, the solidarity initiative “Südtirol. Human Territory” for the benefit of “Südtirol hilft” – the “Rural Solidarity Fund”. The South Tyrolean women who live and cultivate rural traditions were portrayed by the well-known photographer Paul Croes and can be admired in unique exhibitions, in the magnificent “FORST barn” in the Forster Christmas forest, in a selection of renowned South Tyrolean hotels and in FORST restaurants throughout the country. Thanks to the associated charity raffle, this year you can do good with a ticket for just 1 euro.

“Christmas is a time of giving and love in search of the light. In this sense, the solidarity initiative ‘Südtirol. Human land’. We share the same values with these strong and valuable women. Values of respect, passion and rootedness in our origins. The well-being of the country and its people is a top priority for both of us and this solidarity initiative supports people in need,” emphasizes Cellina von Mannstein, the fifth generation of FORST Bier.

A varied entertainment program with magical characters from the Christmas world such as St. Nicholas and Krampus, “Burggrofn Tuifl”, ice princesses, Santa Claus and “Knecht Ruprecht”, chimney sweeps, the Epiphany couple and the Three Wise Men attracts young and old to the lovingly decorated Christmas world.

In this unique setting, the FORST beer specialties, above all the FORST Christmas beer, can be enjoyed with delicious food. The FORST Christmas beer in the high-quality 2-liter glass bottle is celebrating a special anniversary this year. The decoration of the 20th limited edition rings in the Christmas season in a particularly splendid way and conveys the Christmas message and the commitment to the art of brewing.

South Tyrolean cuisine is served in the historic Sixtus-FORST hall and in the warm-up area of the warm-up tents with rustic catering, the popular hut and the cake house next to the Forst ice rink. The lovingly decorated Christmas huts and the FORST pavilion invite you to linger in a cozy atmosphere with food and drink. The Christmas forest also includes selected sales stands and the FORST store with lots of gift ideas. Here, visitors can browse through unique handicrafts, products and beer specialties from the FORST world.

In addition to the Forst Christmas Forest, the FORST Schlosswirt with the award-winning Luisl Stube restaurant and the FORST Bräustüberl invite you to enjoy unique culinary experiences.

The Forster Christmas Forest is open this year from Wednesday, November 22, 2023 to Sunday, 07. Open from January 1, 2024. The Christmas Forest remains closed on Monday, November 27, Tuesday, November 28, Monday, December 11, Tuesday, December 12, Monday, December 18, Tuesday, December 19 and Sunday, December 24, 2023.

Forst Bier Christmas forest, Merano, South Tyrol, Italy

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New Year’s Eve in Merano

New Year’s Eve in Merano

New Year's Eve in Merano, South Tyrol, Italy

New Year’s Eve in Merano

Lots of music, family activities and a music and light show at midnight

New Year’s Eve is everyone’s birthday and the wait for New Year’s Day is a shared celebration. A festival for young and old, but also for children who sense that something special is in the air. Merano in South Tyrol is a city that knows how to enjoy life and festivities, and this will once again be the case on December 31, when the city center fills with music and family activities in the lively and elegant setting of the Christmas market from late morning. In the evening, the rhythm increases on the stages, each of which appeals to a different audience.

Until the chimes at midnight, when the sky above the Kurhaus, the town’s landmark, is lit up by a pyromusical spectacle: Merano also wants to celebrate the turn of the year in spectacular fashion, but has done without fireworks for several years now.

Music in the morning

As already mentioned, the mood is lifted early on New Year’s Eve. Of course, you can end the day with a visit to the thermal baths or take to the heights, for example to Merano 2000, which can be reached from the town in just a few minutes, and enjoy 40 kilometers of slopes or immerse yourself in nature on 25 kilometers of hiking trails.

Activities that you can also do at other times during your stay: If you want to experience the “longest day of the year”, you can do so on foot. The Christmas market awaits you along the Passirio river in the center and in the surrounding area. From 10.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. there will be concerts on various stages with pop and acoustic rock, cover versions of the most famous Italian singer-songwriters, but also jazz, blues and funky music between the food and craft stalls.

New Year’s Eve in Merano for families

A special program is dedicated to families: Goldy’s Little House, the Mercatini mascot, will host the Disney Cinema from 11.00 to 13.00 with a screening of “Frozen – The Adventures of Olaf”, and from 12.00 to 14.00 there will be a “make-up corner” for children in Piazza della Rena.

After sunset

From late afternoon, it’s time to prepare for the evening: Be it a classic dinner in one of the many restaurants that do their best for the occasion – Tyrolean, Italian, international cuisine, often a lot of crossover – or a cozy get-together at home.
The big party under the stars takes place from 10.30 p.m. in two locations: in Piazza Teatro, the “youngest” square, where two DJs provide the dance-loving audience with music. But also in the upper part of Corso Libertà, where the rhythms of live music from the seventies, eighties and nineties will be heard.

The New Year’s Eve in Merano music and light show

With the ringing of twelve cathedral bells, the façade of the Kurhaus and the sky above are colored by the music-light show, a moment of artistic lighting and special effects. A spectacle with a rousing and surprising soundtrack to bid farewell to 2023 and welcome 2024. And there’s still time to dance afterwards: The music goes on until 1.30 in the morning!

New Year's Eve in Merano, South Tyrol, Italy

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South Tyrolean days of pleasure

South Tyrolean days of pleasure

Apples, apple strudel, apple juice, Event: South Tyrolean Delight Days,

The South Tyrolean days of pleasure

A celebration of quality, diversity and enjoyment

South Tyrol, a land known for its breathtaking scenery and culinary treasures, invites you to a very special event: The South Tyrolean Gourmet Days. On two exciting days, the 27. and October 28, 2023, visitors can discover, taste and enjoy the rich variety of regional products at the Merano Kurhaus. This event offers not only high-quality products, but also insights into their production, tastings, workshops and entertainment for the whole family.

Quality and variety from South Tyrol

The South Tyrolean Genusstage are the ideal place to experience the quality and variety of products with the South Tyrol quality mark. Local herbs and spices, homemade jams, organic and free-range eggs, aromatic honey, delicious breads made from regional grains, local meat, vegetables, dairy products, grappa, beer made from South Tyrolean barley, apple juice and apple cider – this event presents a wide range of delicacies. Regardless of their diversity, all these products have one thing in common: they bear the South Tyrol quality mark, which stands for tested quality and guaranteed origin from South Tyrol.

South Tyrolean days of pleasure: A program for all the senses

The South Tyrolean Days of Enjoyment offer a diverse program that appeals to all the senses. Here you can experience firsthand the peculiarities of the products and discover the secrets of their production. There are tastings, workshops and live cooking shows that will introduce you to the typical flavors and characteristics. The event is also designed to be family-friendly, with entertainment for younger visitors.

Friday, 27.10.2023: A day full of pleasure and knowledge

On Friday, the days of pleasure will begin with the official opening at 14:00. The program for the day includes an impressive live cooking show with students from Kaiserhof Merano preparing raspberry tarts. There will also be a workshop with the theme “Taste meets sustainability”, which will focus on the special nature of meat from South Tyrol. Children can participate in their own workshop where they make marigold ointment with pork fat and South Tyrolean herbs.

At 4:00 pm you can experience another live cooking show, this time with blogger Annalena Ganner, who will prepare delicious burgers. Another workshop titled “The Little Herbal Home Pharmacy” offers the opportunity to learn more about the use of herbs in the medicine cabinet.

Saturday, 28.10.2023: Continuation of the pleasure

On Saturday, the event continues with more exciting program items. At 10:30 a.m. you can experience a live cooking show with Petra Patscheider from the restaurant Das Gerstl, where Paarlbrot gnocchi will be prepared. A workshop on the topic “Future Trend Beekeeping” provides insights into the world of beekeeping.

At 12:00 there will be a tasting of beer and cheese, where you can discover the perfect combination of these two delicacies.

At 2:00 p.m. you can participate in another live cooking show, followed by a workshop with the theme “Fermenting: Rediscovering an ancient technique of preservation”. Here you will learn how food can be preserved naturally through fermentation.

The day ends with another live cooking show, this time with Claudia Laner from Restaurant Waldbichl, a traditional South Tyrolean inn. The event will be rounded off with another tasting, where you will once again have the opportunity to enjoy the great products of the region.

The South Tyrolean Genusstage thus promise not only culinary delights, but also a diverse and informative experience for all visitors. Here people of all ages can learn about the rich culinary tradition of South Tyrol and have fun at the same time. It is an event that celebrates the diversity and quality of products from this beautiful region, while combining knowledge and enjoyment.

Dried fruit, South Tyrolean days of enjoyment

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Photos: © IDM South Tyrol-Alto Adige/Armin Huber // IDM/South Tyrolean Apple Consortium/Patrick Schwienbacher

Grape Festival Merano

Grape Festival Merano

Grape Festival Merano, South Tyrol, Italy

The grape festival Merano

A celebration of traditions and innovations

The city of Merano cordially invites you to the annual Grape Festival, which this year takes place from the 14. until 15 October 2023 will take place. This traditional festival, which dates back to 1886, is an integral part of Merano’s social life and enjoys great popularity among locals and visitors alike.

The event spans two days, Saturday and Sunday, and offers a successful mix of time-honored traditions and fresh, young elements. The Merano Grape Festival gives visitors the opportunity to experience the rich culture of South Tyrol in all its facets.

On Saturday and Sunday a colorful program awaits you, where you can discover local products at the Merano market. Here you will find seasonal culinary delights with both northern and southern influences. The Burgraviate region is famous for its fine wines, which can be tasted during the festival. You can also look forward to traditional alpine music performed by young musical groups from South Tyrol. The concerts will take place on the terrace of the Kurhaus, in Via Sparkassenstraße, on the Thermenplatz and on the Kallmünz parking lot on Sunday.

The highlight of the festival is undoubtedly the great parade, which starts on Sunday, October 15, 2023, from 14:00 the from the Vinschgertor. This parade celebrates this year the 75th anniversary of the Association of Musical Bands of South Tyrol. After the impressive celebrations in Bolzano in May of this year, this day is dedicated to the young music bands from South Tyrol.

The great pageant

The parade is a real feast for the eyes and the undisputed highlight of the Merano Grape Festival. Participants, including institutions and associations, begin preparations days in advance and put a lot of commitment, passion and attention to detail into their entries. Most of the floats represent local traditions and customs, which are celebrated with particular pride at Grape Festival Merano. However, year after year, new fascinating elements are also added.

Some of the allegorical floats have long been known beyond the borders of South Tyrol. An example of this is the “scout” of the young farmers from Algund, which makes an imposing appearance with its impressive 300 kilograms of grapes. Equally impressive is the “Apple Crown” from Marling, which first participated in the event in 1949. Other highlights include the Schützen float, proudly emblazoned with “South Tyrol – The Cradle of Tyrol,” and a float bearing the coat of arms of the city of Merano.

The parade leads through the picturesque streets of Merano: Vinschgauertor, Rennweg, upper Freiheitsstraße, Sandplatz, Kurpromenade, Theaterbrücke, Thermenplatz.

The Grape Festival Merano is a feast for the senses. You can expect a wealth of scents, gifts, colors and sounds. It is an opportunity to get to know the rich culture and hospitable people of the South Tyrol region. Let yourself be enchanted by the unique atmosphere of this traditional festival.

The Grape Festival Merano is not only an opportunity to taste the regional delicacies and wines, but also to enjoy the lively culture and the artistic performances of the music bands. The combination of tradition and innovation makes this festival an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

Date grape festival Merano

Save the date: 14. and October 15, 2023. We invite you to be part of the Grape Festival Merano and celebrate this unique event with us. We look forward to your visit and to sharing unforgettable moments full of joy and culture.

Important note: Disclaimer – Italien.events is not the organizer of the events published here and therefore not responsible for program changes and cancellation of the event. The editorial team of Italien.events always tries to provide detailed and accurate information. However, it is possible that events are changed and they were not updated in a timely manner. Detailed information about the dates, times and programs can be obtained directly from the organizer. Please check the organizer’s website or social media for updates before your trip!

Photos: © IDM South Tyrol-Alto Adige/Frieder Blickle

Catwalk Champagne & more

Catwalk Champagne & more

Catwalk Champagne & more, Merano WineFestival, Merano, South Tyrol

Catwalk Champagne & More

An Exclusive Sparkling Wine Experience at the Merano Spa Hotel

On November 7, 2023, the Kurhaus Merano opens its doors to the public as part of the
Merano WineFestival
opens its doors for the glamorous event “Catwalk Champagne & More”. This event promises to transport guests into the magical world of sparkling wine and delight them with a unique blend of elegance and effervescence. The perfect combination of French champagne, Italian sparkling wine and other exquisite sparkling wines awaits visitors to enchant their senses and souls.

The date of this exclusive event is November 7, 2023, and the venue is the renowned Kurhaus Merano, known for its historic splendor and stunning architecture. The elegant halls and rooms of the Kurhaus provide the ideal backdrop for an event that celebrates the beauty and luxury of sparkling wine.

The “Catwalk Champagne & More” event tastefully combines the elegance of the classic sparkling wine method with the refreshing effervescence of champagne and the refined finesse of the Charmat-Martinotti method. This harmonious interplay of the various sparkling wines creates a unique experience that delights and enchants guests.

At the heart of this event are the renowned sparkling wine producers from France, Italy and other regions, who will present their best creations. Visitors will have the opportunity to take a journey through the diversity of sparkling wines and discover the subtle differences in taste, aroma and texture. From dry to semi-dry to sweet, there is a suitable drop for every palate.

In addition to the pleasure of sparkling wine, guests can expect a wealth of gastronomic delicacies that go perfectly with the fine beverages. Oysters, caviar, fine canapés and other delicacies are served to further tantalize the senses and guarantee enjoyment at the highest level. The combination of exquisite food and exquisite drinks makes “Catwalk Champagne & More” an unforgettable culinary experience.

However, the event offers more than just tastings. The Kursaal of the Kurhaus Merano becomes the stage for shows and showcookings, where talented chefs and sommeliers present their craft. Guests will have the opportunity to watch the experts prepare food and pair sparkling wines with dishes, and receive valuable tips for their own culinary adventures.

With more than 90 exhibitors, the event offers an impressive variety of sparkling wines and culinary delights to discover. Guests will have the opportunity to get in direct contact with producers and experts, ask questions and be infected by their passion for sparkling wine.

“Catwalk Champagne & More” promises an unforgettable experience for all the senses. It is the perfect opportunity to explore the variety of sparkling wines, enjoy exquisite food and immerse yourself in the glamorous world of fashion. Reserve November 7, 2023 for this exclusive event at the Kurhaus Merano and experience the elegance and luxury of “Catwalk Champagne & More”.

Champagne & more

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