Also this year, during the weekend of 5th and 6th October, the town of Spilamberto was animated by Mast Còt. What are we talking about? Well, the event promoted by the Museum of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar in collaboration with the Municipality of Spilamberto and the Consortium for the protection of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar.
The central event of the weekend was the ritual of cooking the must outdoor in the characteristic “paioli” (a sort of big iron container). The must was cooked by the masters of the Communities that adhere to the Consortium. Visitors could also participate in guided Balsamic tastings held by masters of the Consortium. Furthermore the entry in the Museum of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar was free. Finally on Sunday, the cooked must was sold in the traditional market put in place by the citizen through the streets of the city.
During the weekend also an historical re-enactment took place. The Castrum Spinalamberti (the ancient encampement) was brought back to life by the company of the Knights of the River, together with other historical re-enactment groups from Emilia Romagna, Lombardy and Tuscany. Many people camped in the Rocca Rangoni’s Park on to rebuild the life in the field of a 1200 army.
The re-enactment was very accurate. On Saturday afternoon and on Sunday morning several trainings of the military ars took place. The re-enactment culminated in two two real battles, on Saturday evening and on Sunday afternoon. Furthermore artisans were at work to show their arts and crafts, from the scribe to the coiner, from the blacksmith to the archaic.
Saturday morning was dedicated to educational activities for schools, but re-enactors remained available throughout the weekend. They guided the public through the camps, presenting military activities, crafts, customs and traditions of the era .
This was Mast Còt! Did you know the existence of this event? Check our Blog for to not miss other interesting events in the Balsamic Vinegar area!