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The festivals of mushrooms and truffles in Emilia Romagna. September - October 2015.

During the final days of summer, the smells and flavors at the table change, heralding the imminent arrival of autumn.  Products that grow in the underbrush pop up, such as mushrooms and truffles, which in the kitchen can be used 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!



This food itinerary begins in the province of Piacenza, in San Giorgio Piacentino, which will host the “Mushroom Fair and Mushroom Gatherer Palio” on the weekend of September 18-20.  Along with the traditional market exhibition of mushrooms along the streets and squares of the town, there will also be food stands and music.  Fifteen pairs of expert mushroom gatherers from as many towns near Piacenza will face off in the original Mushroom Gatherer Palio, now in its 19th edition.  The biggest mushroom or the best looking mushroom composition wins.


In the woods located in the heart of the Parma Apennines, near the towns of Borgo Val di Taro, Albareto, and Pontremoli, gathering mushrooms is a traditional activity and has been for centuries.  In Borgo Val di Taro, there will be the 40th edition of the fair dedicated to the mushroom of Borgotaro, a PGI porcino.  This event offers not only food events such as tastings of local products, live cooking demos and "Aperifunghi" cocktail hours, but also fun cultural events such as exhibitions, meetings, conferences, workshops, excursions, popular street music and games such as archery trials.  September 18-20 and 26-27.


Following the unmistakeable smell of these gluttonous underbrush products, we arrive at the fair in Sant'Anna Pelago (Mo) where delicious food stands and a mycological exhibition are dedicated to the porcini mushroom.  Nature enthusiasts can take part in a historic-nature excursion to discover the cultural and landscape attractions in this area, or they can participate in a mycological outing with an expert guide.  The winner of the competition for the heaviest porcino mushroom will receive the prize of a seasonal pass for gathering mushrooms in 2016.  September 19-20.


Near Bologna, Castel del Rio dedicates a whole festival to truffles, with recipes using this unmistakeable product and the traditional market offering visitors local products, including the chance to buy this prized tuber.  Every day, on the weekends of September 19-20 and 26-27, there will be a lively events with music, dancing, and shows for adults and children.


Also welcoming autumn is the “Tartufesta 2015”, the classic fair that wanders through the flavors of the Bolognese hills, which will be held every weekend in October and November until Sunday, November 15.  This event, which every year welcomes thousands of visitors from all over Italy, makes it possible to get to know the lands and food traditions of Emilia.  Also this year there will be many "TartuLibri", "TartuMenù" and "TartuMercati" (truffle books, menus and markets) and of course the "TartuVisite", guided excursions in the woods to look for mushrooms and truffles and to explore the local towns.  There will also be "TartuEventi", including informative meetings and tastings held by local producers, mycological and photograph exhibitions, food stands, truffle dog competitions, conventions and themed meetings.


Every Sunday in October there will also be the "National Prized White Truffle Fair" in Sant'Agata Feltria, in the province of Rimini, where you can find, besides the sought after tuber, also other autumn products that this Apennine area has to offer such as mushrooms, chestnuts, honey, herbs, pasteurized products and vegetables.  The town will be dotted with food stands, craft markets, vineyard stands, exhibitions and shows.  The truffle dog competition will allow visitors to witness the exciting moment of searching for truffles in the company your loyal dogs.  October 4, 11, 18, 25.


All of the autumn fairs and festivals in Emilia Romagna


Our recipes based in mushrooms and truffles


Consommè with bignolini of parmigiano reggiano and hill truffles

Yellow pumpkin cream with Borgotaro porcini

Garisenda Fry

Fried porcini mushrooms of Borgotaro

Mushrooms canned in oil

Pasticcio di maccheroni Ferrara style

Baked potatoes with truffles

Tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms


Last modified Sep 29, 2015

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