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The autumn food and wine events in Emilia Romagna 2017

In Emilia Romagna autumn rhymes with food and wine!


The weather cools off and creates the best atmosphere for selling and buying the products of the land or for gathering around local traditional foods, prepared following recipes passed down from generation to generation in which the ingredients are obtained thanks to the care of capable farmers, breeders and growers of our lands, well known around the world as the fertile mother of good food and good wine.


Truffles and mushrooms | Chestnuts | Other


If we point our compass towards the delights of the underbrush, Emilia Romagna will lead the way.


Every Sunday in October the place to be is Sant'Agata Feltria (Rn) with the National Fair of the Prized White Truffle, now in its 33rd edition and held in a medieval town that boasts the recognition of being a "Truffle City". Along the town streets you will find the prized tuber along with all the autumn products that this generous Apennine land offers: mushrooms, chestnuts, honey, herbs, dairy and agricultural products and even rural and artistic crafts. October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.


On the third and fourth Sunday of October also Dovadola (Fc) will pay homage to truffles with the 51st Truffle Fair and Festival . The volunteer “sfogline” pasta makers will be working to roll out pasta with rolling pins, making 2000 eggs worth of tagliatelle, served with more than 300 kilos of meat ragù with the addition, of course, of truffles. But not only: polenta, bruschetta, eggs, truffle “panzerotti” and piadina with cold cuts, sausage, roasted meat, fried piadina, chips and Romagna wines will offer an explosion of smells and tastes. October 15 and 22.

The most beautiful examples of mushrooms and truffles will be awarded prizes in Pecorara, near Piacenza, during the Provincial festival of truffles and underbrush products. It will also be the chance to see the awards given to the truffle dogs, as well as traditional folk dances. During the Pecorara TartuFOUR four people will face off in a competition to create the best street food using truffles. But if you want to enjoy an entire menu without being in a rush, there will be many dishes served in the restaurants of the town that will be more than satisfying. October 15.

In Casola Valsenio (Ra) the Forgotten Fruits and Chestnut Festival will allow you to discover forgotten ancient flavors, autumn products and those fruits that over time have fallen out of use. The program includes competitions for the tastiest jam and chestnut dessert, one for the most beautiful stand and a photography competition, too.
A bountiful food stand and starred chefs will offer autumn specialties and for the entire autumn season the restaurants will offer "cooking with forgotten fruits", dishes using these delights. There will also be the display and sale of ancient fruit plants, for beautifying parks and gardens. The Arboretum of forgotten fruits of the Herb Garden “A. Rinaldi Ceroni” offers cultural and material knowledge of about 400 herbal plants. October 7-8, 14-15.


Chestnuts will be the stars also in Montefiore Conca (Rn). For the 53rd edition, cooked and raw chestnuts as well as smoking roasted ones will reign at the stands downtown. At the market of farm and food products you will find the best that this area has to offer, as well as music, shows, food stands, and guided tours. October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.


From chestnut to chestnut our path takes us to the Apennines near Modena, among the peaks of Montecreto. At the chestnut fair there will be many different "chestnut flavors" to be enjoyed at the food stands, and there will also be local specialties, entertainment, and curiosities all weekend. October 28-29.

Until the last Sunday of October also Castel del Rio (Bo) will offer chestnuts in all their forms at the chestnut fair. Here you can taste the best specialties of this autumn fruit such as “castagnaccio”, polenta made with chestnut flour, “bruciati”, “capaltaz”, “frittelle”and chestnut truffles, chestnut liquor, jams and various sweets made with chestnuts or chestnut flour. October 15, 22, 29.


November 1st everyone will go to Pievepelago (Mo) to learn how to handle the characteristic perforated pans used for roasting chestnuts, between a bite of chestnut fritters and a sip of mulled wine.


Changing taste and food, we move on to Albinea (Re), where the Autumn Festival pays tribute to the Balsamic Cracklings. The most highly anticipated event is the "Crackling Palio" now in its 9th edition where more than 30 pork butchers will face off in the production of this ancient, typically Emilian, product. But space and recipes are abundant here and you can also find autumn fruits and typical local products such as chestnuts, mushrooms, traditional sweets, but also fried dough and “erbazzone”, a kind of quiche, cakes and mulled wine, grape must liquor, cappelletti and grape sauce. Besides the market of artists and the folk shows, you can also take part in educational demos of ancient traditions. October 28-29.


Among the festivals that should not be missed, kicking off the month of November is the king of festivals in Cesenatico, "Fish celebrations". Along the canal port and the streets of historic downtown, you can enjoy dishes made with fresh fish such as the Adriatic fish fry, seafood risotto, cuttlefish with peas, and passatelli pasta with fish broth. November 1-5.

Among the longstanding festivals, it is worth visiting the Saint Martin's Fair in Santarcangelo di Romagna (Rn). This fair is also known as the Cuckolds’ Fair, which is why in the main square Ganganelli, under the triumphal arch of Clement XIV, they still hang up huge horns (cuckold in Italian is “cornuto” or “horned”); and it is also known as the national fair of storytellers, and thus it is one of the most important autumn events in Romagna. At the big exhibition market, you can find truffles with honey, oil and cheeses, sauces and good new wines, while at the Food Truck di Beck there will be an area dedicated to street food on wheels. The unmissable final “Piadina Palio” competition is open to everyone. November 10-12.

If together with the longstanding festivals you are also looking for a local product with a long history, come and taste the "Ambra di Talamello" (Rn) which will take you back to the time in which, starting in the 15th century, the peasants of the Romagna-Marche Apennines began to defend and hide their provisions in the sandstone quarries, discovering in this way that, once they removed the cheese, it had transformed into what we today recognize as a specialty of Italian food: pit cheese. These sandstone hollows can still be seen in the town today. November 18-19.

And how could we not mention the highly anticipated festival November Pork? Among all the weekends of the month that you have free, you must absolutely find one when you can enjoy the goodness of products derived from mister pig. The most gluttonous relay in Italy among four cities and over four weekends will be held in the land of Verdi and Guareschi, more specifically in Sissa with "Pork Flavors", in Polesine with "We’re cooking ‘priests’ and ‘bishops’", in Zibello with "Pleasures and delights at the Court of King Culatello", and in Roccabianca with "Harmonies of spices and herbal teas". November 1-26.


Workshops, sculptures, original combinations and all the best that chocolate has to give not only for your palate but also for your eyes will also be at the Cioccoshow in Bologna November 17-19.


Continue your journey at the table with Emilia-Romagna!


Last modified Nov 15, 2017

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