Food and Wine
Alba International White Truffle Fair
An internationally-acclaimed event not to be missed, the Alba Truffle Fair celebrates the regions most prized gastronomic delight. A roster of events in Alba, the Langhe and Roero from SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER TO SUNDAY 18 NOVEMBER
THE IMAGE OF THE 82nd INTERNATIONAL ALBA WHITE TRUFFLE FAIR
Cream of potato with lapsang souchong tea-flavoured quail eggs and White Truffle of Alba. A dish by Enrico Crippa, the two Michelin-star chef of the Piazza Duomo restaurant in Alba.
Traditional local ingredients, such as potato and eggs, with the international flavor of smoked Chinese tea: a warm sensation, with the aroma of an open fire in a country cottage and of woodland... and steam turning into a film to conjure up the theme of Cinema&TrufFLES.
FROM SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER TO SUNDAY 18 NOVEMBER ~ Palazzo Mostre e Congressi
The association between cinema and the White Truffle of Alba began in 1949 when the Fairs creator, Giacomo Morra, sent a fine specimen to the American actress Rita Hayworth. A few years later he sent another large truffle to Marilyn Monroe, while the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock came to Alba in person to receive his. Then it was the turn of Alberto Sordi, Ugo Tognazzi, Nino Manfredi, Ornella Muti, Gèrard Depardieu, Sofia Loren, Alain Delon, Francis Ford Coppola, Penelope Cruz.
The CINEMA&TARTUFO exhibition presents the many mentions the truffle has enjoyed in the movies, where it has been seen as a status symbol or an aphrodisiac, a star in the kitchen or inextricably linked with the plots of film noir. The references range from directors like Marco Ferreri, Luciano Salce, Danièle Thompson and Scott Hicks, to actors such as Marcello Mastroianni, Renato Pozzetto, Carlo Verdone, Catherine Zeta Jones and Julia Roberts. Anecdotes and strange and curious facts are also remembered through images and objects. The emotion of an experience, travelling through time amidst the greats of world cinema.
Monday: 10h00 - 17h30 from Tuesday to Friday: 14h30 - 17h30 Saturday and Sunday: 10h00 - 19h00 / Admission free
For information: + 39 0173 36 10 51 - firstname.lastname@example.org
EVERY SATURDAY FROM 7 OCTOBER TO 18 NOVEMBER ~ Palazzo Mostre e Congressi
SENSORY ANALYSIS OF THE TRUFFLE
A heady, intense aroma, a unique and extraordinarily rich scent, as well as a great allure and an aura of mystery. This is the Tuber magnatum Pico, better known as the White Truffle of Alba, the most highly-prized of fungi.
Scientifically-speaking the truffle is an underground mushroom, but for the nose of the gourmet it is aboveall a peerless aroma. How do you go about choosing a truffle though? Whats the best way to appreciate them? How should they be kept? And how should you eat them? An expert in Sensory Analysis from OIAT (the International Truffle Tasters Association) will reveal all the secrets through not-to-be-missed sensory and smell tests. The truffle tasters course will provide basic information on mycology and the tools required for a correct approach to a considered tasting of the truffle.
For information: Associazione Centro Nazionale Studi Tartufo - Piazza Risorgimento, 2
+39 0173 22 81 90 - email@example.com - www.tuber.it
FROM SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER TO SUNDAY 18 NOVEMBER ~ Palazzo Mostre e Congressi
WINE TASTING EXPerience
The Wine Tasting Experiences are the most original tastings you can take part in the Langhe: every Saturday winemakers and sommeliers who can lay claim to vast experience in prestigious circles will be awaiting you with a practically endless variety of wines
During the Truffle Fair the Strada del Barolo and the Consorzio di Tutela Barolo Barbaresco will be offering you a sample every Sunday afternoon, following a special formula; one-hour encounters to taste celebrated wines and discover the extraordinary wine heritage of the Langhe and Roero in an innovative way.
For information and bookings: + 39 0173 22 09 43 - firstname.lastname@example.org
www.stradadelbarolo.it - www.winetastingexperience.it
Cost of tasting per person 15
SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS FROM 6 OCTOBER TO 18 NOVEMBER ~ Cortile della Maddalena
WHITE TRUFFLE OF ALBA MARKET - Albaqualità
The Truffle Market is the beating heart of the Fair dedicated to the White Truffle of Alba, the place where you can really get to know the Truffle by submerging yourself into a unique, heady atmosphere. Every Truffle on sale at the Market is checked by a Commission before it is opened to the public, and the group of experts remains on hand inside the pavilions to act as a consumer information service.
Why buy at the Truffle Market?
To have the security of buying a truffle which has been checked by the Quality Commission.
To have the chance to see, touch and sniff lots of truffles sold direct by reliable local traders and hunters.
The large area housing the Truffle Market will also be hosting the stands of AlbaQualità.
This food and wine show will feature the wines of the Langhe and Roero, the delicacies of the local artisan patisserie, and the cheeses, egg pastas, cured meats and fine wines which have made our area celebrated throughout the world. And for all lovers of the great local cooking, a stopover in the food service section inside the Fair pavilions will certainly something to treasure.
Saturday and Sunday: 9h00 - 20h00
Special extra openings: Thursday 1, Friday 2 November
Consumer Information Service c/o Associazione per il Centro Nazionale Studi Tartufo - Alba, Piazza Risorgimento, 2
Monday - Friday: 9h00 - 13h00 14h00 - 18h00
For information: +39 0173 22 81 90 / email@example.com
Admission to AlbaQualità and Truffle Market: 2 / Groups of over 30: 1,50 / Under 15s: free
SUNDAY 11 NOVEMBER ~ Castello di Grinzane Cavour
XIV WORLD WHITE TRUFFLE OF ALBA AUCTION
The XIV edition of the White Truffle of Alba Auction will be held in Grinzane Cavour castle on the second Sunday in November. Each year a virtual bridge is created between some of the best-known and most representative venues of international cuisine to produce a quite unique event. This year Grinzane Cavour Castle will be linked by satellite with Hong Kong, where a public of generous gourmets will contest precious White Truffles of Alba. The proceeds are donated to national and international philanthropic organizations and institutes.
Each year the auction is attended by personalities and celebrities from the worlds of entertainment, culture and sport. Established in 1999, the World Auction is organized by the Cavour Piedmontese Regional Enoteca in association with the Region of Piedmont and the Town of Alba.
Castello Grinzane Cavour - Via Castello 5, Grinzane Cavour +39 0173 26 21 59 - firstname.lastname@example.org
TRUFFLE OF THE YEAR
In the 1930s Giacomo Morra - the original promoter of Albas Truffle Fair - invented the tradition of sending the finest specimen each year to an illustrious personality from the worlds of politics, sport and entertainment.
Among the recipients were Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe and Winston Churchill.
Another legendary truffle trader, Roberto Ponzio, also sent splendid truffles to leading figures, including Queen Elisabeth and President Charles De Gaulle, during the decade running from 1958 to 1968.
More recent editions have seen many celebrities visit the town in person to collect the Truffle of the year.
They include Luciano Pavarotti, Prince Albert of Monaco, Gérard Depardieu, Sophia Loren, Alain Delon, Marcello Lippi, Sergio Marchionne, Francis Ford Coppola and last year the actress Penelope Cruz.
UNTIL MONDAY 31 DECEMBER ~ Palazzo Banca dAlba
A TITIAN IN ALBA - A REDISCOVERED MASTERPIECE: THE MARTYRDOM OF ST. LAWRENCE
The rediscovered masterpiece is on display as part of an exhibition presenting the artist and documenting the works history and restoration. The exhibition is being held in the building housing the head offices of the local bank, Banca dAlba, which itself has only recently undergone refurbishment.
Monday, Thursday and Friday: 15h00 - 18h30 Saturday and Sunday: 10h30 - 12h30 e 15h00 - 19h00 / Admission free
Per informazioni: + 39 0173 36 29 58 - +39 335 63 94 015 - email@example.com
SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER ~ Piazza Risorgimento 21h00
INVESTITURE OF THE PODESTA
The magnificent mediaeval ceremony of the investiture of the Podesta is re-enacted from 9 pm on Saturday 29 September, with the area between the Cathedral and the Town Hall dressed up for the occasion as in olden times, a cast in period costume and plenty of thrills.
SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER ~ Piazza O.Cagnasso 16h30
On the first Sunday in October the nine districts of Alba compete in a donkey race for a painted silk cloth, the Palio. The Palio race is preceded by a grand procession through the streets of the town with a cast of more than a thousand, including noblewomen, knights, soldiers, commoners and peasants, amidst blasting trumpets, rolling drums, standards and flags.
When they enter the arena in piazza Osvaldo Cagnasso, each district acts out a historic episode relating to the Middle Ages: battles, sieges, acts of banditry, marriages, religious festivals, alliances. The race itself is made up of two heats and a final, while the draw for the donkeys takes place in piazza Risorgimento on the Sunday of the Palio.
Allocation of the donkeys to the towns districts:
Sunday 7 October - 10h00
Sunday 7 October - 14h30
Sunday 7 October - 16h30
SATURDAY 20 AND SUNDAY 21 OCTOBER ~ Centro Storico
THE TRUFFLE BACCHANAL MEDIAEVAL FAIR
Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October see the return of the Truffle Bacchanal and the Mediaeval Fair, two appointments packed with appeal and tradition.
On the magical night of the Truffle Bacchanal the town presents itself in splendid mediaeval guise. Visitors are welcomed by torchlight to sample the flavours and aromas of days gone by, with music, roaming characters, and a cast of a thousand in period costume animating Alba, taking us back in time.
The following day - Sunday 21st - the Mediaeval Fair brings the Middle Ages back to life: customs, songs, cries, costumes, good food and wine. There will be the chance to taste the wines and dishes of the Langhe and Roero in modern and mediaeval versions, as well as to have fun, dance, and party with the representatives of the various districts of the town.
Simulated truffle-hunting excursion
The most exciting of experiences for truffle enthusiasts. A hunter accompanied by his dog will lead the group into the woods to seek out the precious tuber, guided only by the dogs sense of smell and intuition resulting from years of experience.
Information: Tartuflanghe - Loc. Catena Rossa 7 - Piobesi d\'Alba (Cn), tel. +39 0173.361414/362627, fax +39 0173.440611, www.tartuflanghe.it
Centro Nazionale Studi Tartufo (National Truffle Study Centre)
Founded in 1996, the centre promotes research on truffles and sensorial analysis. It is also committed to safeguarding the truffles natural habitat, increasingly threatened by human activity and the gradual neglect of marginal areas. The centre organises simulated truffle-hunting excursions in the Castino truffle-ground and sensorial analysis seminars.
Information: Piazza Risorgimento 2 - Alba (Cn), tel. +39 0173.228190, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.tuber.it
Join the chef in the kitchen
Why not help the chef prepare your dinner? Diners at La Morras Eremo della Gasparina inn are welcomed into the kitchen to get a peek at the chefs recipes.
Information: L\'Eremo della Gasparina - B.ta Cappallotti 2 - Fraz. S. Maria La Morra (Cn), mobile +39 335.5287967, tel./fax +39 0173.50498, www.eremodellagasprina.it
Typical dishes, truffles and wine
A course for truffle tasters, to learn all about choosing, appreciating, storing and eating truffles. Seminars with expert wine tasters for a full immersion into the aromas and flavours of the local DOC wines. Cookery courses to discover the secrets and origins of the local food and wine culture.
- Tour Operator I Cannubi - Via Cavour 16 - Alba, tel. +39 0173.220943, email@example.com, www.turismoinlanga.it
- Consorzio turistico Langhe Monferrato Roero - Piazza Risorgimento 2 - Alba (Cn), tel. +39 0173.366328/362562, fax +39 0173.220237, www.turismodoc.it
This section is not intended to be exhaustive, but simply outlines some of the many activities on offer for visitors to the Langhe and Roero.