In the 12th century, trade in Venice was booming, so it was not just what was locally produced in the city that was served at the dinner table! You will notice many foreign herbs and spices used in traditional Venetian cuisine.
The rowboat racing event that occurs after the parade of the Historical Reggata on the Canal Grande is an important event for those who win because they ultimately become a part of Venetian history of the particular sport.
There are three categories of Venetian cuisine that you will find throughout Venice; the coastal area cuisine, the plains cuisine, and the mountains cuisine. In the plains area, you will mainly be served grilled meats mostly in the form of a barbecue, along with either grilled polenta or potatoes or a variety of vegetables.
In the old days, everyone was able to participate in the rowing boat races held at the Historical Reggata in September on Venice’ Canal Grande, however now the races are only open to Venetian rowers. It would be a fun thing to do to watch this historical traditional event while on tour in Venice.