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Alba International White Truffle Fair
Fiera Internazionale Tartufo Bianco d’Alba: A feast for gourmets
Alba, recognized as a UNESCO Creative City for Gastronomy, once again opens its doors for the prestigious 93rd International White Truffle Festival (International White Truffle Fair of Alba), one of the main events of Italian haute cuisine.
From October 7 to December 3, 2023, a nine-week journey of taste awaits lovers of the “white gold” of the Langhe. A must stop: the Alba White Truffle World Market – International Alba White Truffle Fair, located in the heart of the old town. Here you will have the opportunity to taste and purchase the precious truffles from the forests of the Langhe, Roero and Monferrato, while enjoying spectacular folk shows.
A variety of initiatives enrich the event. First, the cooking shows where you can taste gourmet creations from great Italian and international chefs, along with fine Piedmontese sparkling wines.
There are also truffle sensory analyses, wine tastings dedicated to the great wines of the Langhe, Monferrato and Roero, cooking classes at Roddi Castle, children’s workshops and much more.
And if all this is not enough to immerse yourself in the culture of the White Gold of the Langhe, we recommend a visit to the Alba Truffle Museum. In the 10 rooms, the world of truffles is presented in an impressive way through 140 meters of thematic graphic illustrations, multimedia devices and over 50 thematic objects.
The International White Truffle Festival of Alba is a perfect summary of the local culture, the region and the cuisine, as well as an experience to be enjoyed at least once in a lifetime.
The date of the event International Fair of White Truffles of Alba: a nine-week experience of pleasure.
From October 7 to December 3, 2023, Alba will become a Mecca for gourmets from all over the world. During these nine weeks of the International White Truffle Fair of Alba, visitors can experience the fascination of the white truffle in all its facets. The Alba White Truffle World Market (International Alba White Truffle Fair), located in the heart of Alba’s historic center, becomes the focal point of this culinary festival.
The supporting program of the event International Fair of white truffles from Alba: pleasure in many forms
The International Fair of White Truffles of Alba – Fiera Internazionale Tartufo Bianco d’Alba offers an extensive supporting program that will delight the senses and tantalize the palate. A highlight are undoubtedly the cooking shows, where renowned Italian and international chefs present their culinary creations. These dishes are accompanied by fine Piedmontese sparkling wines that perfectly complement the flavors of the white truffle.
For those who wish to delve deeper into the world of the white truffle, truffle sensory analysis is offered. Here you can sharpen your senses and discover the unique nuances of this precious plant. Wine lovers are also in for a treat, with wine tastings dedicated to the great wines of the Langhe, Monferrato and Roero.
For those who want to try their own hand, cooking classes are offered in the picturesque Roddi Castle. Here you can learn from experts and refine your cooking skills while discovering the secrets of Piedmontese cuisine.
Even the youngest visitors are not forgotten. There are special children’s workshops where they can playfully explore the world of truffles. This is a great way to get children excited about the culinary treasures of the region and awaken their interest in the traditions and flavors of the Langhe.
Other events around the Fiera Internazionale Tartufo Bianco d’Alba:
In addition to the main event, Alba is also home to several fascinating events that celebrate the rich history and culture of the region. Here are some of those special events:
Saturday, September 30, 2023: Rievocazione Storica
As a foretaste of the donkey race, the Palio degli Asini, the neighborhoods will compete in historical costumes on Saturday evening at the Rievocazione Storica. This traditional historical re-enactment in costume takes place in the Arena of the Palio in Piazza Risorgimento. It is a true theatrical performance staged by over 400 performers who take turns in groups to present historical and legendary episodes that marked the life of the medieval population.
The jury of experts evaluates the costumes, the historical period in which the representation takes place, as well as the involvement of the residents of the districts. This is an emotional experience that visitors will remember for a long time.
Sunday, October 1, 2023: Palio degli Asini
On the first Sunday of October, around the Cathedral of San Lorenzo in the historic center of Alba, takes place the Palio degli Asini, a crazy donkey race in which the nine districts of the city compete for the banner.
In preparation for the Donkey Race, the districts will compete in another Rievocazione Storica on Saturday evening, dressed in period costumes. This is also a theatrical performance staged by over 400 performers.
On the Sunday before the race, the donkeys will be assigned to the districts. This act is already a foretaste of the actual race and is based on ancient traditions and unique rivalries.
And then comes the actual Palio. It is a cheerful day organized in total respect for the animals and in an arena full of colors, costumes, gaiety and fans. There are two heats and the final. The winner wins the banner, usually designed by a renowned artist, which undoubtedly captures the history of the Palio and the districts on the few centimeters of canvas.
Before the race, at 14:00, there will be a parade through the streets of the city, starting from Piazza Michele Ferrero, then along Corso Fratelli Bandiera, Corso Matteotti to Campo Palio.
Saturday, 14 and Sunday, October 15, 2023: Baccanale dei Borghi
During the Baccanale dei Borghi, participants will be welcomed in period costumes in the historic center of the city among ancient inspirations, good wine and good food. Two days full of historical reenactments, accompanied and celebrated by the neighborhoods that have marked the history of Alba.
Through the activities of the residents of the districts, you can experience firsthand what life might have been like in medieval Alba and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of antiquity.
These events perfectly complement the Fiera Internazionale Tartufo Bianco d’Alba and offer visitors the opportunity to delve even deeper into the fascinating culture and history of the region. They are another reason why Alba is a must for all gourmets and culture lovers.
Further information: The Alba Truffle Museum
If you want to delve even deeper into the world of the white truffle, we recommend a visit to the Alba Truffle Museum. This unique museum presents in 10 rooms the fascinating history and importance of the white truffle in the region.
Through 140 meters of thematic graphic illustrations, multimedia devices and over 50 thematic objects, visitors will gain a deep insight into the culture and history of the truffle. Here you can not only learn a lot about the culinary significance of this precious mushroom, but also understand its role in the culture and economy of the region.
The Alba Truffle Museum is a perfect complement to the International White Truffle Festival and offers a unique opportunity to experience the heritage and fascination of this extraordinary natural product.
Overall, the International Fair of Alba White Truffle – Fiera Internazionale Tartufo Bianco d’Alba is an unforgettable experience for those who want to discover the rich culture, delicious cuisine and incomparable beauty of the Langhe and its White Truffle. It is an event that enriches not only the palate, but also the senses and the soul, bringing visitors closer to a piece of Italian culture and hospitality. We invite you to be part of this unique festival and experience the magic of the White Truffle of Alba.
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