La Festa di Capperi was a good reason to be in Salina on the first Sunday in June.
The festival, held in Pollara, celebrates the caper with music, dancing and eating.
When we arrived, the main square was starting to be set up for the festival

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We watched everyone arrive from a tiny bar called I Oasi, overlooking the square

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Slowly more and more people arrived, sitting wherever they could.

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Of course, capers were for sale
Italians love to party and this was no exception
Even as the band started testing their equipment, the dancing started

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Children danced with parents, with grandparents and with each other.

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As the sun sank, about 300 people of all ages gathered in the tiny square.

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The dancing continued.
As well as singing and dancing, this party was about food. Local restauranteurs and residents had been busy cooking many different dishes all using capers.
After buying a pack containing a plate, fork and glass, we were ready for action!
It was a chaotic scene of plates being thrust in front of the servers as bowls and bowls of food were laid on the table and constantly refilled

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Panelle being cut and fried for the crowd

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Pasta with caper sauce

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Caponata

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Gnocchi with capers and tomato

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Eggplant with capers

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More please

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Fish with capers, tomatoes and olives

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As the famished were fed, the dancing started again.
They were excellent dancers. The moves impressed as the music changed from the traditional italian songs to neapolitan love songs and polish dance tunes.

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No one was going home. The music continued long into the night.