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Festa della Befana wine tasting with Susan

The holidays may be over, but not at The Cheese Shop of Salem! In Italy, the holiday craziness doesn’t wrap up until after the Epiphany on January 6th, which is also the day to celebrate La Befana. What is La Festa della Befana, you ask? Think cobblestoned piazzas, crowds of Italians dressed warmly in tailored winter coats, the smell of roasted chestnuts, spiced mulled wine…and an ugly witch draped over the doorway above your head!

La Befana is believed to hail from the medieval village of Urbania in Le Marche, Italy, but is now a tradition celebrated throughout all of Italy. Every region celebrates the Epiphany in their own special way, with parties in every major piazza, festivals, concerts, bonfires, and holiday markets. La Befana is a broomstick-riding old witch who brings gifts to the nice, or a lump of coal to the naughty, on the night of January 5th. The legend is that La Befana missed visiting Jesus with the Three Wise Men, so she now brings gifts to other children. In addition to delivering gifts, she even sweeps the floors of homes before leaving them! It is customary to leave a glass of wine and snacks for La Befana to thank her. 

The Epiphany is the last chance for La Befana to bring you gifts, plus it’s a great opportunity to spend time in the company of family and friends to celebrate the New Year. The Epiphany thus ends the holiday season and marks the beginning of Carnevale. Italy is just one non-stop party!

Let’s toast to another weekend of holidays at The Cheese Shop, where the party never stops! We're making mulled wine that will surely bring prosperity to 2017 and good vibes for La Befana. We'll even have chestnuts for you to try. Let’s sweep that floor of past transgressions in true La Befana spirit. Cin cin!

Earlier Event: December 31
Champagne ALL DAY