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Törggelen with the Kids

What an Autumn Feast!

It’s almost Törggelen time! Have you already heard about this delectable South Tyrolean custom? In the olden days, after the pressing of the wine, the peasants would celebrate with a grand feast. A large Marende or snack would be organized for all those who helped out, accompanied by a tasting of the year’s new wine, known as Suser. This very young wine pairs particularly well with roasted chestnuts. The latter are also an integral part of the Törggelen custom. However, Kestn are served only after the great feast is over – they’re really eaten as a dessert. The main menu consists of Schlutzkrapfen ravioli, barley soup, sauerkraut, Knödel dumplings, Würste sausages, smoked meat, potatoes and many other treats.
 
Sauerkraut and blood sausage are not really typical kids’ dishes, of course. Schlutzer and Knödel dumplings, though, are very popular. Most kids absolutely love them. In any case, no children will leave the table hungry because Krapfen donuts filled with jam or poppy seeds are part of the traditional meal.
The chestnuts are the grand finale of the meal. Some Törggelen places even let the little ones help score and roast the chestnuts, which is not only exciting and a lot of fun, but makes these fruits of autumn taste even better!
In many of South Tyrol’s villages, there are a number of autumnal events in celebration of the traditional Törggelen festivities. For example, the Gassltörggelen takes place in Chiusa/Klausen, the Keschtnigl in Velturno/Feldthurns and the Keschtnriggl in Völlan/Lana and Tisens/Prissian. A hike along the Chestnut Trail (Keschtnweg) in the Valle Isarco/Eisacktal Valley is also a wonderful experience for the whole family. It’s bound to build up a huge appetite in the little ones – perfect for all those delicious Törggelen specialties!