Sicilian Street Food Sellers are usually based in their home towns. Some are seasonal workers like the top photo of an ice chilled coconut seller. He shouts out aloud in a horsed voice “Cocco bello!” beautiful cocco, while walking along the city beach of Mondello, Palermo during the summer months. By the end of the season “Cocco bello!” sounds like a squeaky mouse as his horsed voice is worn out after a 12 hour day.
Shot in the streets of Palermo and Catania during the various festivals. Sicily Street Food Sellers is a 3 year photography project captured in colour and began in 2016.
The origins of these drinks date back to the 16th century, when Sicilian “bibitari” or “cioscari” (drink vendors) used to compete in the preparation of new refreshing drinks with an original taste, made with soda water, fruit syrup and lemon juice, and keeping their recipes and artisan ways secret. Over time, their traditional kiosks became part of the urban architecture and a meeting point for those looking for some refreshment.