Red Onion Festival
Every year, in the first week in July, at Tropea is the Red Onion Festival (Sagra della Cipolla Rossa). The event, that attracts a great crowd of visitors, celebrates the queen of Tropea cookery, famous for its organoleptic qualities and for its sweet, delicate taste. Numerous specialities prepared with the onion are offered for tasting during the festival: fried, roasted, boiled, in fish soup, as a dressing for pasta, in salad, and together with other vegetables. The festival also provides for stands to be set up for those local firms that scrupulously use traditional methods of preparation and old country recipes, to exhibit their produce. On these stands can be found small red sweet and sour onions, pickled onions, "confetture" and the patés. The event aimed at disseminating the appreciation of this extraordinary product from the Tropea district, the festival finishes with games and a music concert.