Krapfenbetteln

When masked boys move from farm to farm, it’s time for the “Krapfenbetteln”.

In Fundres in the Val Pusteria valley the ancient traditions are important. The Val di Fundres, a side valley of the Val Pusteria, is known for its natural beauty but also for its cultural traditions. One of the ancient customs takes place around All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day - and is called “Krapfenbetteln”.

In this festive period, masked boys and young men walk from farm to farm in order to ask for Krapfen (traditional pastry) made of rye. They are considered an ancient cult pastry, so if the “Krapfenbettler” (literally “Krapfen beggars”) have been at the farm it will be a good and profitable year! Of course they also make music and celebrate, but the Krapfen beggars always have to try to hide their identity and thus also disguise their voice.

Our tip: the Krapfen are an old cult and consecration pastry, which can be found on the tables around almost every public holiday in South Tyrol. Try this fine delicacy, served especially at village festivals and on special occasions.

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