Slow Food Festa
Parma & Piedmont and the Salone del Gusto
- Don’t laugh! Fruity, Lambrusco is a perfect match for the comfort food of Parma and Modena
- SLOW FOOD FESTA starts in Emilia Romagna, birthplace of Verdi…
- …and of FERRARI. We visit the fabulous Ferrari Museum.
- Another icon of Modena is ACETO BALSAMICO TRADIZIONALE, the real deal in balsamic.
- We see how traditional balsamic vinegar ages in tiny barrels (“cradles”) for up to 25 years
- Our group inspects the balsamic bottling line.
- Like chocolate, balsamic vinegar is best tasted at body temperature.
- Next, it’s on to LAMBRUSCO. Prepare to be surprised! It ranges from off-sweet to bone dry.
- Daughter Sandra of MEDICI ERMETE, an award-winner Lambrusco producer, is our host.
- There’s time with Papa as well — still the lead winemaker at MEDICI ERMETE
- Say cheese! A boutique PARMIGIANO REGGIANO producer in the salting room.
- Heating the cow’s milk to make parmesan
- Father and son-in-law fish out the nascent cheese ball from the whey.
- Hundreds of parmigiano rounds age for a minimum of three years on these shelves
- Next, we head to TORRECHIARA CASTLE, built by a Renaissance knight for his beloved.
- Some guests get ready to storm the castle gate
- Inside, every room is painted with splendid pastoral scenes
- Hamming it up: A PROSCIUTTO DI PARMA maker tests for doneness with a horse bone.
- Lunch at a prosciutto maker features...you guessed it!
- Art-goers will love PARMA, a city rich with art, like the frescoed Baptistry.
- Part 2 of SLOW FOOD FESTA moves to Piedmont’s Langhe hills, in view of the Alps
- Fall means truffles on the menus and in the markets
The CASTLE OF GRINZANE CAVOUR, now a museum, offers a history of Barolo wine
- We have dinner at the MARCHESI DI BAROLO winery, the birthplace of Barolo.
- Some old barrels in the MARCHESI DI BAROLO's ancient cellars
- The village of Barolo, with the castle in the background
- Fall colors touch the vineyards of the CERETTO winery
- Welcome to the SALONE DEL GUSTO, Slow Food’s biannual bash in Torino
- Here you can sample artisan food from all over the world
- And you can meet the makers, like these amphora winemakers from the Republic of Georgia
- Celebrity sighting: Slow Food founder CARLO PETRINI pressing the flesh
- TASTE WORKSHOPS offer in-depth tastings of rare foods and wines...
- ...like this seminar on Great Barolo Reserves. Mmm, Barolo.
- Not enough wine? There’s hundreds more to sample at the Salone del Gusto’s Enoteca.