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The cous cous fest

San Vito lo Capo’s global gastronomic event

The annual Cous Cous Fest is held towards the end of September in the attractive seaside resort of San Vito Lo Capo. One of Sicily’s most popular festivals, the international event celebrates the multiple ways couscous is prepared around the Mediterranean. The typical Trapanese method of preparing couscous is with fish.

Stalls and booths line the main streets of the town but the festival’s focal point is a competition with participants from Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Israel and Turkey, amongst others, each competing for the coveted ‘Best Couscous’ title. A selection of delicacies ranging from Lebanese tabouleh to couscous with coconut milk is served in the gastronomic village; and there is live music at free concerts every evening. Gastronomic workshops include lessons in preparing couscous.

A 10 euro ticket includes a dish of couscous, glass of wine and a Sicilian dessert.

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