|Truffle Fair, Città di Castello, Umbria|
The White Truffle Fair at Città di Castello in Umbria takes place every year and is a fantastic event.
This coming weekend, the historic centre will be full of stands and gazebos selling everything from dried porcini to truffle sauces, black truffles and white truffles, olive oil fresh from the presses this year, to salami, (the best are from the Norcia region of Umbria), cheeses, breads and traditional cakes and sweets.
White truffle is currently being sold at 3,300 Euro per kg this year!!!! That makes it about100 Euro for one very thin slice on top of your plate of your pasta - it just could be some of the most expensive food you will every eat!!! And the most delicious...
The first time I went to the fair (6 years ago now), I was overwhelmed by the fragrance and smells coming from the gazebo in the main square. There's nothing like it and it really seems to mean that autumn is well and truly here.
Not to miss are the hot roasted chestnuts with a glass of vin novello (the "new" red wine from this year's harvest).
There are all sorts of activities happening too, chefs showing their skills cooking truffles, workshops and classes to take part in.
I always say it but late October and early November are a great time to visit this part of Italy. It really comes into its own, with truffles, porcini, olive oil, salami and cheeses being found and produced locally. The cuisine of Umbria is hard to beat!
Come and stay with us next year for this special occasion - www.villabastiola.com .