Truffle fair in Piedmont
Food fairs in Italy are a treat, and this truffle fair in Piedmont makes no exception with lots of people, performances and local produce.
Every year the second Sunday in November the town Canelli in the Asti province celebrate Fiera Regionale del Tartufo. A typical truffle fair in Piedmont attracting thousands of people who enjoy a day out with the family. There are balloons, sweets, doughnuts, street food and rides for the kids. Processions and people in costumes. And an almost obsessive veneration for artisan foods and local produce.
Passionate and special
Walking among the stalls you can talk to farmers, passionate about their produce. We heard about the ‘mais otto file’, a particular local sort of corn, where the intensely red cobs have only eight lines of ears, which should make it superior for use in polenta, grissini and pasta. People were queuing to try the fried Friciule bread with lardo. There were all kinds of cheeses with ample taste samplings, not to mention the porchetta, the sausages, the torrone, the dried mushrooms and the kind of them all – the white truffle.
The white truffles were displayed beneath glass domes and heavily guarded thanks to their exorbitant prices. There was also a demonstration of how dogs are trained to hunt for truffle by spraying some truffle scent on a sponge and hiding it under stones in a sand pit. The dogs went berserk and it only took them about two minutes or so to track down all the traces. Like us they seem to have a thoroughly enjoyable time at the truffle fair in Piedmont.