The Fest of Grains 2016

VI edition, June 9 -12 2016

The grains: from food of peoples to sharing the table

The sixth edition of Cerealia has been dedicated to the Kingdom of Morocco. Bread was one of the strands of the festival, starting from the presentation of the bread of ancient Rome made in Pompeii, on May 28, to arrive in Rome at the Bread of Hospitality, proposed by the Roman bakers to celebrate the Jubilee. A scientific seminar, planned in Rome at the headquarters of FIDAF, addressed the issue of “agriculture and sustainability” with particular reference to the grain, trying to illustrate future scenarios of agriculture and food production to the challenge of 2050. The festival has also turned its attention to the new rurality and the role of agriculture as a way to regenerate the community; their importance for the defense of the territory and landscape. Thank you to the partnering with Gustolab International Institute for Food Studies, were realized a video documentary showing some cases of social farming and community economy in Lazio. Special features of this edition was the visit to the experimental wheat fields. In fact, thanks to the collaboration with the University of Tuscia, the University of Perugia and the Apennine Centre Terminillo “Carlo jucci”, it was possible to program several visits to the experimental fields of the Rieti Base Station. In this city it was organized a full program of activities from 9 to 13 June. Among the initiatives planned, a visit to the Granicoltura Royal Station – Nazareno Strampelli, a conference on the prospects of granicoltura. The city of Tarquinia also proposed a full program of events also open to schools, from the month of April. Activities at Tarquinia – the city adheres to Cerealia for the third consecutive year – are promoted by a network of public and private entities. Rome is certainly the driving force of the festival, and here, in four days of programming, there was a rich and varied program that has seen various cultural moments dedicated to Morocco, offering the opportunity to learn about the different aspects and the cultural soul of this great country, poised between tradition and innovation; experimenting smells and flavors. The program dedicated to Morocco included lectures, dance and music performances, poetry readings, screenings of documentaries and films, reconstructions of everyday life, with a focus on rural traditions and to women. Confirming its festival structure, Cerealia has embraced the capital, from the center to the periphery, with initiatives proposed in different places, including: the Municipal Library Collina della Pace in Finocchio District, the Geographical Society, the Auditorium of Maecenas, the Farmer market Campagna Amica at the Circus Maximus, the Domus Romana, the Capannelle Farmer market. Other initiatives were also programmed in Calabria Vibo Valentia  by local Archeoclub of Italy, while in November was held a conference in Milan. Promoters of this edition of Cerealia within the cultural association M.Th.I., were the Archeoclub of Italian in Rome and the association Aisu verso Ithaca, in collaboration with Agroalimentare in rosa, the Embassy, ​​the Consulate General in Milan and the Italian community of the Kingdom of Morocco. Several technical and organizational partners and sponsoring institutions have joined the festival and they have our deepest gratitude.



It took place in Rome, Lazio, Calabria, Campania, Lombardy

Promoters: M.Th.I., Archeoclub d’Italia sede di Roma, Aisu verso Itaca
In collaboration with: Ambasciata del Regno del Marocco in Italia, Consolato Generale del Regno del Marocco a Milano
Patronage: Ministero delle Politiche Agricole e Forestali, MIUR, Regione Lazio, Festival of Festivals, FederBio – Federazione per l’Agricoltura Biologica e Biodinamica, ARM – Romaincampagna, Fondazione Campagna Amica, FIDAF, Museo Nazionale delle Paste Alimentari, Con.Me., Ordine dei dottori Agronomi e Forestali della Provincia di Roma, Associazione Romana Dottori in Agraria e Forestali, CNA Roma, ARSIAL, INSOR, Società Geografica Italiana, l’Istituto Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani, Comune di Tarquinia, Comune di Vibo Valentia, Comune di Rieti, ConfAgricoltura Lombardia, ConfAgricoltura Bergamo, Innovagri, CIA, Nopest, Federazione Italiana Panificatori , Unione Regionale Panificatori Lombardia, CheckFruit
Organizing partners: La Lestra – Tarquinia, Mercato Contadino Castelli Romani, Archeclub d’Italia di Vibo Valentia, Slow Food Albano e Ariccia
Media partners: SlowTourism, Il DailySlow, Italia a Tavola network, BabelMed
Technical partners: SpotZone, Domus Romana, Birrificio Castelli Romani, Ivan “Il Re del Pane”, Minimo impatto, Mafalda – pomodoro Torpedino, PureJute, Hotel Genova, Greed Dario Rossi
Collaborations: Agroalimentare in rosa, Gustolab International Institute for Food Studies, Centro Studi CTS, Istituto Tecnico Agrario “Emilio Sereni”, Re.N.Is.A., Res Ciociaria, Azimut, Camera di Commercio di Rieti, Archivio di Stato di Rieti, Centro Appenninico del Terminillo Carlo Jucci, Istituto Agrario di Rieti Luigi Di Savoia, IPSSEOA Costaggini di Rieti, V Comunità Montana del Montepiano Reatino, Università Agraria di Tarquinia, ITA Cardarelli di Tarquinia, Consmaremma, IPEOA Alberghiero di Montalto di Castro, Museo Nazionale Tarquiniense; Agriturismo il Quadrifoglio; Rete degli agriturismi Tarquinia, Prospettive Mediterranee, AuroraVision, Cult. Mos Maiorum di Roma, Pompei Convivium Food, Editrice il Sirente, Associazione di quartiere Collina della Pace odv, Associazione Panificatori di Roma e Provincia, Istituzione Biblioteche di Roma, Associazione Mnemosyne di Vibo Valentia, Panificio Ronci Danilo, Chorouk for art & culture, RestArt, WHAD Ente Internazionale di Certificazione Halal, Ajial, Chorouk for Art and Culture, Ist. Ist. Sup. Vilfredo Federico Pareto
Sponsors: BCC Roma, Panella l’arte del pane, BAICR Cultura della Relazione, UniCoop Tirreno, 4Changing
Twinning events and organizations: La Rotta dei Fenici, ViniCibando, Festival Europeo Via Francigena Collective Project e 2016 anno dei cammini, Festival della Dieta Mediterranea di Hvar-Croazia


EFFE – Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe Label 2015/2016

Festival staff 2016
artistic and management directors Paola Sarcina, Letizia Staccioli
technical coordinator / Institutional relations Paolo Cermelj (Archeoclub d’Italia)
archeological tours organized by Archeoclub of Italy/ Rome Alessandra Pignotti 
event in Veneto Francesca Lamon, Alessandra Zucconi, Marta Sperandio
Production staff Angela Palmieri, Carlo Paglia, Diana Forlani 
press office Tizia Briguglio
visual communication SpotZone
fundraising  Claudia Crocchianti
Mentor  and consultants
Ugo Laneri biologist
Giuseppe Nocca agronomist and historical of feeding
Ernesto Di Renzo anthropologist – Univ. Tor Vergata
Tiziana Briguglio communication agribusiness and B2B – Agribusiness in Pink
Annalisa Venditti laboratories historians and archaeo-taste – professional journalist, novelist and TV author