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Everyone at the table for mushrooms and truffles! - 2014

During the final days of summer, the smells and flavors at the table change, heralding the imminent arrival of autumn.  This year the season has been quite good for products that grow in the underbrush, such as mushrooms and truffles.  In the kitchen you can use them to make tasty recipes while in the areas where they grow they will become the subject of many fairs and festivals, which in turn become happy meeting places for enthusiasts, professionals or those who just love to eat good food!


One event which has kicked off this season is the “Bosco della Panfilia Truffle Festival” in Sant’Agostino near Ferrara.  Now in its 35th edition, this fair celebrates the long history of a typical ingredient used in local cuisine that, due to this area's alluvial origins and thick woods, enjoys an environment particularly suited to growing truffles.  Here, every evening from August 29 to September 14 will be dedicated to good food and traditions at the food stands which have been set up for the occasion.  There will also be concerts and comedy shows - including one by Fabrizio Fontana - as well as exhibitions and markets.  Every Sunday morning there will be an excursion to look for truffles accompanied by an expert truffle gatherer.


The hills of the Apennines near Parma, on the border with Liguria and Tuscany, will delight us with the “National Porcini Mushroom Fair” in Albareto, now in its nineteenth edition.  In the town there will be four days of wine and food, with tastings, food markets, cooking classes, conventions, exhibitions and also lots of music, concerts, shows and dancing.  The National Porcini Mushroom Fair of Albareto has been a twin event since 2002 of the White Truffle Fair of Alba (CN) and since then many Langhe companies have participated in this event with their local products (wines, cheeses and cold cuts).  September 12-14.


Near Imola, in Castel del Rio (Bo), an ancient mountain town that is home to famous architectonic sites enhanced by genuine Apennine traditions, there will be the "Truffle Festival".  Also here there will be lunches and dinners with menus entirely based on this prized tuber, among which are handmade potato tortelli with truffles and fried polenta with cacio cheese and truffle fondue.  All of this will be accompanied by shows for adults and children, music, dancing, and truffle hunting demonstrations.  September 13-14 and 20-21.


In Borgo Val di Taro, in the heart of the Parma Apennines, near the border with  Liguria and Tuscany, the “Mushroom of Borgotaro PGI Fair”, started in 1975, offers two weekends of fun and culture, but most of all food.  Gluttons will find typical products from various regions of Italy, from Sardinia to Trentino, on display, while in the area dedicated to this mushroom and local PDO and PGI products there will be special meetings, like the one with Michele Cannistraro, from Masterchef Italia, as well as tastings.  Also cultural events will be held with themed excursions, conventions, exhibitions, and popular music.  September 19-21 and 27-28.


Farther north, the streets and squares of the town of San Giorgio Piacentino (Pc) will host the “Mushroom Fair and Mushroom Gatherer Palio” which always offers traditional dishes made with this prized autumn food, accompanied by music, entertainment and the fascinating Palio.  A very unique event, the Mushroom Gatherer Palio will once again host pairs of expert mushroom gatherers from many towns near Piacenza who will face off in the search for the biggest mushroom or the best looking mushroom composition.  September 19-21.


The last weekend of September will take us to the Apennines near Modena, in Fanano, where the “Mushroom Festival” is held; mushrooms are plentiful here.  Food stands, live music and markets will add to the 11th exhibition of fresh, spontaneous mushrooms, curated by the mycologist Nicola Sitta, dedicated to spreading knowledge about this product.  September 27-28.


The lovely town just inland from Rimini, Sant’Agata Feltria, which is proudly known as "Truffle City", every Sunday in October will host the “National Fair of the Prized White Truffle".  Along with national and international dishes and recipes based on mushrooms and truffles, visitors will also find a show of all kinds of autumn products that this generous Apennine land has to offer such as chestnuts, honey, herbs, diary and agricultural products and even rural crafts and arts.  October 5, 12, 19, 26.


There will be a lot of entertainment and conviviality in Pecorara, near Piacenza, for the "24th provincial festival of truffles and underbrush products".  This cultural food event will include everything from typical autumn products to crafts and hobby items, delicious recipes, prizes for the best truffles and mushrooms, a truffle dog competition, music and even photography shows.  October 19.


Truffles grow naturally also on the green hills around the town of Dovadola, near Forlì, where on October 19 and 26 the 48th king of the table fair will be held.  The "sfogline", women expert at making pasta by hand using a rolling pin, are preparing to roll out at least 2,000 eggs worth of tagliatelle (approximately 20,000 grams of flour will be used), which will be served with more than 3 quintals of meat sauce along with truffle flakes.  These traditional dishes will be accompanied by delicious Romagna wines.  Besides truffles, visitors can also buy typical autumn products, such as chestnuts, medlars, jujubes, mushrooms, and honey, or walk around a huge street market.  Music, exhibitions, games for children and the award for the best truffles at the fair will round out this event.

The typical seasonal products will be on display also in Mesola, near Ferrara, where the traditional event "Autumn Flavors" will take place.  At the food stands, gluttons will be delighted by several recipes, including those made with the white truffle found in the woods in Mesola, while at the market exhibition visitors can find many traditional products, collectibles and small crafts.  And for those who would like to take advantage of this event to get to know the local area, there will be free guided bike tours into the Great Mesola Woods, to the Museum of the Woods and Deer, to the Este Castle in Mesola or by boat along the Po in Goro, all of which are great opportunities to explore this region.  October 31 and November 1-2.

Mushrooms and truffles are also among the delights that can be found at the "28th olive and autumn products fair" in Coriano, a town just inland from Rimini in the valley of the Conca river, known for the quality if its extra-virgin olive oil and for its many presses that can be visited.  The oil and other products will be offered in abundance along with Romagna wines, honey and its derivatives, cheeses, natural and macrobiotic products, fruit, plants, flowers, and even crafts, garden tools and sports equipment.  There will also be themed exhibitions, demonstrations of ancient Romagna crafts, conventions and tastings to round out this great autumn festival.  November 16 and 23.


All of the autumn fairs and festivals in Emilia Romagna


Our recipes based in mushrooms and truffles


Fried porcini mushrooms of Borgotaro

Mushrooms canned in oil

Consommè with bignolini of parmigiano reggiano and hill truffles

Garisenda Fry

Baked potatoes with truffles

Yellow pumpkin cream with Borgotaro porcini

Tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms

Pasticcio di maccheroni Ferrara style

Last modified Sep 23, 2014

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