Golden Chestnut Gala

From “Sagra” to “Gala”: 29 years of history

"Sagra" is how we would call a countryside festival. But the “Golden Chestnut Gala” is much bigger and it offers much more than a normal countryside festival. For such reason in 2014 its patron Paolo Bruno changed the name from “sagra” to “gala’”. The new name better suits this festival, which in 29 years managed to grow considerably, especially in quality of events and quantity of people. The “gala” takes place on the second weekend of October in Frabosa Sottana.
This autumn festival, organized by the Tourist Association Mondolè, is known far beyond the borders of our Region and this is because it perfectly incorporates the old traditions of the mountain (culture, food and folklore) and the modernity of sports and show business.

The event usually begins with the Gala Dinner on Friday. Every year at such dinner you can taste the finest dishes, made with the best typical products of the area. The valued menus could satisfy any taste buds. Lately the menus have been created by Michelin starred chefs, that are also in charge of supervising the kitchen during the preparation of the Gala Dinner.

On Saturday a market is set up all over the village, so you can have a walk through the stalls that sell typical products and high-quality handcraft. Thousands of visitors come for the market and for the shows of Saturday night, usually held by Italian famous comedians. On Sunday we invite important celebrities and assign them the Golden Chestnut. This award is to highlight the great talent, courage, sacrifice and integrity of these champions.

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The 2017 Golden Chestnut Gala

The Gala Dinner took place at the GalaPalace on Friday 6 October. Massimo Camia (chef at the 1 Michelin-starred Massimocamia restaurant, located in La Morra) prepared the dinner, with the help of the local chef Andrea Bertolino.

The Istituto Alberghiero di Mondovì (Mondovì Hospitality Training Institute), under the supervision of Mr. Claudio Orsi, organized the service, that was perfect as usual.
A free entry show was set at the GalaPalace on Saturday night. Sandro Fedele brilliantly presented the Pablo&Pedro show from Zelig (an Italian comedy show), with Enrico Papi and Uomo Gatto from Sarabanda (Italian music show) as special guests

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The 2017 Golden Chestnut Awards

On Sunday the 2017 Golden Chestnut Awards were conferred to the following champions and celebrities.

Gabriele Detti
Gabriele Detti is an Italian swimmer. After winning 2 bronze medals at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, he won a gold medal at the Budapest World Championship in 2017, setting the new European record in the 800m Freestyle. He says: “I am what you see, I am very simple. I want to be an example for the young people".

Federico Pellegrino
Federico Pellegrino is an Italian cross-country skier. In the 2015/2016 season, Pellegrino won the sprint cup, and this year he won a gold medal at the World Championship. When he was a kid he was undecided whether to ski or to play soccer instead. He definitely made the right choice!

Antonella Palmisano
“I’ve got a medal, I’ve got the love, and I’ve got a family: I’ve got everything!” says Antonella Palmisano looking at the bronze medal she won at the World Championship in London. She is an Italian female race walker, and her trademark is a flower pin in her hair that her mum makes for her before any race. Thanks to her unique and beautiful style she has never been disqualified. Her great personality makes it easy for her to deal with foul play and the responsibility of racing at a Word Championship.

Elisa Balsamo
Elisa Balsamo is an Italian female road and track cyclist, representing Italy at international competitions.In 2017 she won 2 gold and 1 silver medals at the World Championship in Portugal. At the 2016 UCI Road World Championships she became junior world champion in the women's junior road race. She won the gold medal at the 2016 UEC European Track Championships in the team pursuit. Among this, she passed the exam to get her high school diploma, she always uses the social media to thank the people who help her (including mechanics and masseurs), and she dedicated her victory to her injured team mate. Not bad for a 19-year-old!

Enrico Papi
Enrico Papi is an Italian television presenter and writer that started his career at the end of the ’80s, becoming very famous thanks to Sarabanda, the most popular TV music contest in Italy. He is an important part of the history of the Italian TV, thanks to Sarabanda and the many other TV shows he presented and/or wrote.

Sergio Chiamparino
Sergio Chiamparino is the current President of the Piedmont Region, and he was the mayor of Turin, Italy from 2001 to 2011. According to the Index Research Monitor statistics he is the second most loved Region governor in Italy. He wrote in his CV: “I am from Piedmont, and I am proud of my land”. His honesty and determination (typical of a Piemontese) always translate into good outcome and problem solving, especially in favor of his and our land. We are very proud he is from Piedmont.

The Golden Chestnut Galà 2016

The Golden Chestnut Gala Dinner took place on Friday 7 October at the GalaPalace. Two Michelin-starred chefs organized and prepared the menu: Maurilio Garola (from the restaurant La Ciau del Tornavento, Treiso - CN) and Claudio Tiranni (from the restaurant A Sporcacciun-a, Savona).

The Istituto Alberghiero di Mondovì (Mondovì Hospitality Training Institute), under the supervision of Mr. Claudio Orsi, organised the service, that was perfect as usual.
Check out the GalaDinner Menu

A free entry show was set at the GalaPalace on Saturday night. Sandro Fedele brilliantly presented the Brazilian show of Gilson Silveira, Gianpiero Perone’s new comedy show, Luisella Tamietto (Italian comedian) with Aldo Rindone’s piano music, and Davide Baldassarri’s circus.

The 2016 Golden Chestnut Awards

On Sunday the 2016 Golden Chestnut Awards were conferred to the following champions and celebrities.

Peter Fill
Peter Fill is a World Cup alpine ski racer from northern Italy. He formerly competed in all disciplines, and now focuses on the speed events of downhill, super-G, and combined. Fill won the World Cup season title in downhill in 2016 and in 2017, and the combined title in 2018. He was the first Italian ever to win the downhill World Cup.

Francesca Dallapé
Francesca Dallape’ is an Italian female swimmer. Along with Tania Cagnotto, she has won the European championships for 7 years now, and in Rio 2016 they got a silver medal. This was a very well deserved prize for her after years of hard work and sacrifice.

Gianmarco Tamberi
“Give me back my dream!”. This was Gianmarco Tamberi’s social media post when he found out he would have not been able to take part in the World Championship in Rio, 2016, due to an injury. He is the current holder of the national high jump record. Don’t you worry Gimbo: dreams will help you fly high!

Fabio Basile
Fabio Basile is an Italian judoka. After the bronze medal he got in Kazan at the European championship, he competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and won the gold medal in the men's 66 kg. It was the 200th Olympic gold medal for Italy. Well done Fabio, this is how you go down in history!

Frank Chamizo
Frank Chamizo Marquez is a Cuban naturalized Italian freestyle wrestler. He is an Olympic bronze medalist and twice World and European Champion. Before this Italy had not got a wrestling medal at the World Championship in 36 years.

Enrica Bonaccorti
Class, professionalism, beauty, sensibility, and empathy are just some of her distinguishing features. Enrica Bonaccorti is an Italian former actress, television and radio presenter, and lyricist. She became famous thanks to the TV quiz show “Il sesso forte” (1978).

Alberto Blengini
Alberto Blengini is a young Italian slalom skier. Despite a few injuries, he managed to win the first place most of the times. Unsurprisingly they wanted him part of the Italian national team. Alberto showed us that the road from “Mirafiori” to Sölden is not impossible!.

The Golden Chestnut Galà 2015

This year at the Golden Chestnut Gala’ Dinner, 2 Michelin-starred chefs organized and prepared the menu: Maurilio Garola from the restaurant La Ciau, Tornavento of Treiso (CN) and Davide Scabin from the restaurant of Rivoli (TO).

More than 280 people participated to the Gala Dinner this year. The kitchen was supervised by the 2 Michelin-starred chefs Maurilio Garola and Davide Scabin, and the local Andrea Bertolino. The Istituto Alberghiero di Mondovì (Mondovì Hospitality Training Institute), under the supervision of Mr. Claudio Orsi, organised the service, that was perfect as usual.

Check out the GalaDinner Menu

The free entry show of Saturday night was “packed” with people. Sandro Fedele brilliantly presented this innovative show to which many talented people took part. We had the pleasure to enjoy Luca Zanetti’s music with Diego Mascherpa playing wind instruments and Saverio Miele playing double bass, and the dancers Giorgio Proserpio and Monica Gallarate. We loved Marco Carena’s songs and monologues, and Elena Ascione’s cabaret show. We were impressed by the equilibrist ability of Mister David and Elena Timpanaro, and then we laughed with the comedian Edoardo Mecca.

The Golden Chestnut awards 2015

But the highlight of the Gala was on Sunday, when the Golden Chestnut was assigned to some of the most important Italian sports champions. Down below you can read about them and the reason why we decided to assign them this award.

Tania Cagnotto
Tania Cagnotto is an Italian diver. She is the first Italian female diver to win a medal in a World Championship. She won the gold medal in the 1-meter springboard at the 2015 FINA World Championship held in Kazan; she was the first Italian female diver to achieve this result. In the same event, Cagnotto also won the bronze medal in the 3-meter springboard. She inherited her talent from her father (Giorgio Cagnotto), and she refined it thanks to her style, technique and determination. She has got 10 World Cup medals, and we all wish her to get a deserved prize at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Giorgio Cagnotto
Giorgio Cagnotto is a former diver from Italy, who competed in five consecutive Summer Olympics for his native country, starting in 1964. He is Tania’s father and is now the head coach of the Italian divers team. In the past he won 2 silver medals (1972 and 1976) and 2 bronze medals (1972 and 1980) at the Olympics, and a gold medal at the European Cup (1970). Since 1992 he is member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Thanks to him at least two generations got to approach and love the divers world.

Rossella Fiamingo
Rossella Fiamingo is a 24-year-old epee fencer and, besides the many silver and bronze medals, she won a gold medal this year at the Moscow World Cup. Rossella is already a legend, then, with her sweet look and her gentle manner. She draws the sword with aggression and determination and leaves no room for rivals. She is obviously going to compete in Rio de Janeiro next year.

Simone Ruffini
Simone Ruffini is a swim champion: he won a gold medal at the 2011 Universiades in China and he is the winner of 25 km Men in Kazan. The 25 km does not take place in the Olympics facilities, but in rivers and sea, so you need a great mixture of strength, stubbornness and dedication, definitely shown by Ruffini at the World Cup.

Ferruccio Dardanello
Ferruccio Dardanello is the president of Confcommercio in Cuneo. Confcommercio means “the Italian General Confederation of Enterprises, Professions and Self-Employment”, and it is the largest business association in Italy. He has worked for his whole life aiming at improving tourism in our area, and he was really successful in this. He introduced a modern, high-quality tourism, which is strictly linked with the development, protection and advertising of agriculture and handcraft from our area. The Tour de France, our wines in Rome, Milan, New York, Canada and Germany, Levaldigi airport... and these are only some of the project effected by Ferruccio Dardanello. Thanks to him, every year more and more tourists come to visit our beautiful land.

Paolo Bonolis
Paolo Bonolis is an Italian TV presenter and comedian. He has worked in the show business for 30 years. He presented many TV shows or quiz, and even the Sanremo Festival, which is the most important Italian music festival. Paolo is a volcano of ideas and he is enthusiastic about his work: behind his irony and his cockiness, sometimes cynical, you can find an intelligent view of the world and of the mankind with their strengths and weaknesses. We assigned the Golden Chestnut to him as well because he is passionate, enthusiastic, successful and loyal just like a sports champion.


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