Autumn coincides with many meetings around Italy that promote the local specialties, all that it’s impossible to imitate because it depends from climate, geographical position and the meticolous care of people that produces olive oil and wine, Italian excellences that are without parallel.
We offer you a route that winds through two regions and many events that will take place in October, for an enogastronomical holiday in Italy.
Tasty Turin, in the sign of slow food
To taste means to understand, this could be the claim of the prestigious event Salone Internazionale del Gusto, that is year is combined with Terra Madre, lanned in Turin from 25th to 29th October, an initiative that gathers farmers and breeders from all around the world.
The event is full of conventions, Master of Food cooking classes, to learn new recipes, and above all more than 1000 exhibitors from 100 countries with their own products.
We suggest you to visit the stands of Slow Food Association members, that protect the biodiversity and the high quality enogastronomy, a way to travel across Italy’s flavors at Lingotto Fiere, the ideal venue for this kind of festivals. About wines, the label will be 1200, the chefs will be 50 and will cook dishes exclusively with ingredients supported by Slow Food; while if you prefer tips about food, you can ask to the Personal Shoppers that will tell you the story of each product and oddities about the local traditions of the various regions.
A stay in a charming hotel in Piedmont is, whithout any doubt, the best way to appreciate the Salone and to visit an elegant city like Turin. Furthermore, the Piedmontese chief town is renowned also for Bicerin, a typical hot drink made of espresso, drinking chocolate and whole milk, servedin a small rounded glass at a cafeteria called Caffè al Bicerin, that retains the secret original recipe of this drink, symbol of Turin.
At the end of your stay in this amazing region what could be more attractive than the white truffle hunt? Is another typical Piedmontese product and you can find it thanks to the guided tours with experts in the area rich of truffles, as Montegrosso d’Asti, where the farm Di Vino in Tartufi plans truffle hunts with the suitable tools, guided tours along with the experience of “tartufaio” (the truffle hunter) and a surprise at the end of the route.
A delicious alternative to the classical trip around famous cities, discovering the most precious Piedmont. www.divinointartufi.it
Wine celebrations in Tuscany
Now we go to Tuscany, where in October there are many fairies and traditional feasts. One of these is the Pigio of Poggibonsi, on 6th and 7th October, a grapes pressing contest among the 7 districts of the city, a very funny and lively competition with the Boccione award, a demijohn painted everytime by a different artist.
During the Pigio there are also parades, historic pageants and wine tastings, a nice festival that involves the most genuine traditions of Chianti, when grapes were pressed by feet and the harvest was an occasion to begin a party. The province of Siena, in Trequanda, is the next destination because there will take place another feast, the Festa dell’Olio Novo, from 20th to 21st October, an event dedicated to high quality extravirgin olive oil, with many producers and stands to taste it on bread and with other specialties.
The Olio Novo announces the begin of the season and every year express a color and a perfume slightly different, so is a unique Senese gastronomical souvenir.
To enjoy your weekend choose a charming relais in Tuscany in a strategical position to see Siena and its province rich of meetings. There isn’t only Palio, but many others pageants set in suggestive Medieval towns, that are faithful to theirs own origins.
Now is the best period to plan a travel and leave for destinations full of strong flavors and heady scents, just like the products of those lands.