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The Cous Cous Fest

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Among the perfumes, colors and flavors from all over the world, the Cous Cous Fest is one of the most interesting gastronomic events of the summer of San Vito Lo Capo, the Cous Cous Fest.

What is it?

In a fantastic multi-ethnic atmosphere you can taste the many local and international variations of the Cous Cous at the Case del Cous Cous, taste the interpretations of great chefs at cooking shows, as well as the dishes of the chefs of the ten nations competing in the Couscous championships.

The Cous Cous is now inextricably linked to San Vito Lo Capo, it is no longer a simple recipe but a wonderful binder between different cultures and religions, between the desire to party and the desire for a better world!

It is a very common dish in North Africa,
It can be made with meat and vegetables, but here we prepare it with fish.

The couscous requires a really long preparation, it is cooked with love and a lot of patience!

In a terracotta dish the semolina is combined with water (here we say "incocciare") to form larger granules of semolina, and then add oil, salt, garlic, finely chopped onion, parsley and some spices, like pepper and cinnamon, but also almonds to give this wonderful food a rich and particular taste.

Thus begins the slow steaming process at very low heat which gives the semolina an unmistakable aroma.

When the Cous Cous Fest is?

International chefs, cooking challenges, great guests and a more cultural and in-depth program. This will be the face of the 23rd edition of the Cous Cous Fest, the international festival of cultural integration, scheduled from 17 to 26 September in San Vito Lo Capo.

The tasting points

Every day from 12 to 24 it is possible to taste the international couscous recipes at the Casa del Cous Cous dal Mondo on the beach (height via Savoia) in take away mode or the traditional local recipes at the Casa del Cous Cous in San Vito Lo Capo set up inside the Sanctuary Garden with seating and access with Green Pass.

The Championship

The fascinating and evocative Mediterranean garden behind the Sanctuary of San Vito Lo Capo will host the Italian Conad Championship and the Bia Cous Cous World Championship.

The first will see the six preselected Italian chefs compete against each other, the second chef from eight countries who will will compete for the prestigious title of Cous Cous Fest World Champion.

The Cooking Shows

The Garden of the Sanctuary will also host the Cooking Shows of great chefs and moments of in-depth study and entertainment with artists, guests and friends of the Fest.

The expo village, a colorful souk on the seafront of San Vito Lo Capo

At the expo village, every day from 12 to 24, it will be possible to immerse yourself in a colorful market, a real souk, to discover the crafts and artifacts typical of the competing countries and Sicilian ones in particular.


A selection of the best restaurants in San Vito, Macari and Castelluzzo, will offer special menus based on cous cous for lunch and dinner. At lunch the cost is € 20 and includes a couscous, dessert, a drink and the possibility of attending a “lesson” of the Cous Scuola. At dinner the cost is € 35 and includes an appetizer, two cous cous, dessert and drinks.

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