The “International White Truffle Fair”, dedicated to the celebrated luxury food, world famous Italian excellence, is underway in Alba. In the white truffle capital of the world, a strong presence of “Tuber magnatum Pico” enthusiasts, is expected, coming not only from Italy and Europe but from all over the world. This high-profile international tourism event involves the city of Alba and the Langhe, Roero and Monferrato, which were declared World Heritage by UNESCO.
The heart of the event is the “World Market of White Truffle” where you can buy the best specimens of truffles. An exhibition area is set up in the historical center of the city gathering traders and the so-called “trifolau”, truffle hunters, here each piece is checked and certified by a special quality commission.
Every year the enchanting “Castello Grinzane Cavour” hosts the Alba White Truffle World Auction, the most important and prestigious auction linked to the world of truffles. The best specimens are displayed to an animated public, and with live connection to the most famous restaurants in the world. Well known personalities from international restaurants give life to a unique auction, whose proceeds, destined for charity initiatives, reach staggering figures!
The emotion of truffles arises already from its research. The truffle is a spontaneous and rare hypogeal mushroom growing underground under the roots of certain trees. Armed with patience, guided by the intuition matured in years of experience and by the nose of one’s dog, the trifolau goes in search of this precious produce of earth, walking among oaks, holm oaks and beeches in close contact with nature. Truffle hunting is a particularly fascinating activity for enthusiasts.
A must is the tasting area where you can experience typical truffle dishes in combination with the great wines of the Langhe. The “Alba Truffle Show” expresses the creativity of great chefs through show cooking, culinary art show for chefs and gourmets who experience high-end dishes and combinations. The Alba Truffle Show is hosted this year in the Basilicata Region. To celebrate the European Capital of Culture 2019 and in particular the truffle heritage of Basilicata, the World Truffle Auction of 11 November will be held live not only with Hong Kong and Dubai, but also with the city of the Sassi.
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