Stragusto is a wonderful annual street food festival which takes place in the ancient town of Trapani, on the western tip of Sicily, from 25th - 28th July, 2013.

Stragusto celebrates Mediterranean food made and served on the streets, and dishes up the opportunity to taste cultural foods from the 'road' - a mixture of tastes, smells and sounds from various regions.  

Every evening from 7pm until midnight, visitors can see and taste: lamprey, fritters, arancini, sfincioni, cakes, pancakes, a startling selection of breads, cabbuci, couscous, stuffed olives, kebabs, desserts ... all made fresh, right there, on the street. The festival also offers musical performances and entertainment, celebrating traditions and customs of Mediterranean countries, with wine tasting and more. The recently refurbished Fish Market of Trapani hosts the festival. Built right in the town centre, easy to reach, and beautifully positioned with views over the sea. Entrance is free, but of course the food and drink is not!

Essential Italy recommends the following lovely B&B in Trapani.

La Ganzia (20 rooms)

In the heart of Trapani, this beautiful B&B holds a simply perfect position on the coast, just a few steps away from the pedestrian old town centre and facing the lovely promenade along the ancient Mura di Tramontana with the beach just 800 metres away. The residence has been wonderfully restored, maintaining the character and charm of the Carmelite Palace whilst adding a contemporary theme. Marble, wood and stone blend perfectly and the big windows allow guests to enjoy the view at all times of day and night. Breakfast is served on the stunning roof terrace with an unbeatable panorama of both the sparkling sea and the terracotta rooftops of the town. The hotel offers both a B&B and an apartment rate which includes the use of the small kitchenette, found in all the rooms.

Location: long beach 800m, Erice 14km, Trapani airport 20km,Palermo 115km, Marsala 35km

Price: From £120 per double room per night