The festivals of honey


The feast of honey at Montevecchio ( gloss. ) was created in 1994 by the Pro-loco association and the town council of Guspini, in the hopes of directing the attention of Sardinians and others to one of the largest and most productive European lead and zinc mining centers, developed at the end of the last century.
The town of Montevecchio rapidly declined after the closing of the mines. Its 380 inhabitants are now searching ways to prevent the younger generation from deserting the town, and investigating various means to attract tourism.

One possibility, for example, is to offer excursions in which it may be possible to find precious minerals ( gloss. ): lead sulfur, zinc, quartz, pyrite, and malachite. Another possibility is to explore the surrounding landscape which offers the great, sandy dunes of Ingurtosu and Piscinas ( gloss. ). Or investigating the region's rich, historical Roman period, amidst native flora and fauna not seen any where else in the world, such as deer and wild boars in the woods ( gloss. ), and pink flamingos in the ponds ( gloss. ).

There are even agricultural and pasteurized products, such as the native mushrooms and cheeses ( gloss. ). Today the historical mining zone, with its offices and board of directors' building ( gloss. ) which were built in their time with a considerable commitment to resources, are still standing and being used to house the feast of all honeybee products ( gloss. ): honey, even baby cereal, soaps and creams. A crafts exhibition and a debate on the possibilities of tourism were also organized.

A festival that is a combination of hope and celebration for a village that refuses to become a ghost town ( gloss. ).