In the midsts of Christmas celebrations, in Positano, a very special festivity takes place: the Festa della Zeppola (“donot festival” in English).
It is a winter celebration during which some judges have to vote the best “zeppola”. People try very hard to do their best, levitating dough and frying, dipping in sugar or dribbling honey. They definitely want to impress the jury and win.
That’s what happens nowadays, but back in time the donuts were offerent differently. Put in a basket lined with some lemon leaves as ornments. The meaning of the event, in fact, is putting together all the products the coast had to offer to people and tourists. That means raisins, lemon zest, pine nuts, orange peel and honey all mixed up to make the “zeppole”, keeping in mind that the hole in the middle is mandatory not only to win the competion, but to recall the original recipe.