SEASON OF THE TRUFFLE!
BOOK YOUR STAY AT THE AGRITURISMO MARCARINI DURING THE LANGHE’S MOST BEAUTIFUL SEASON OF THE YEAR!
The most beautiful season of the year in Langhe is, without a doubt, autumn: it’s harvest time and the vineyards change color, temperatures are mild, the wine has begun to ferment, and the local sagre or festivals animate the villages and towns nestled away in the hills. An ambient autumnal light suffuses the days and pierces the gentle morning mists.
But most of all, autumn is the season of the “King of Mushrooms,” the legendary white truffle of Alba that grows in the forests and alongside streams in the most secret and uncontaminated spots of nature.
The rarest, most prestigious – and of course, most expensive – of all mushrooms (and don’t call it a tuber, as much as it looks like one and grows underground!), the white truffle has an entire event dedicated to it: the International White Truffle Fair of Alba. Two months of non-stop activities in the Langhe, Roero, and Monferrato with cultural encounters, exhibitions, folklore, excellent food, the great wines of Piedmont, and the World Truffle Market: the mecca of every self-respecting gourmand.
If you plan on visiting the Langhe during the autumn months, why not stay in our Agriturismo? Located just a few kilometers from Alba, it’s the perfect spot for taking part in all of the events of the Fair while avoiding the traffic and crowds of tourists that invade the capital of the Langhe during the Truffle Fair every year.
Here are the not-to-be-missed events of truffle season:
- DONKEY RACE AND MEDIEVAL PARADE – OCTOBER 2
Sunday, October 2 in Alba is the Donkey Race, the crazy competition where the nine districts of the city race against each other to win a banner that is painted by well-known contemporary artists. The race is preceded by a historical parade with over one thousand people dressed in medieval costume amidst a fantastic backdrop of the Middle Ages.
- WORLD MARKET OF THE WHITE TRUFFLE OF ALBA
See it, touch it, smell it. Discover it, try it, taste it. But above all, buy it with a sound guarantee. The mecca of the Tuber magnatum Pico is the World Market of the White Truffle of Alba, a 1500 m² space located in the central Cortile della Maddalena. It’s the perfect place to appreciate and buy the best examples of freshly-dug-up truffles from the forests of the Langhe, Roero, and Monferrato. The World Market of the White Truffle of Alba is the symbol of the whole Fair and of Piedmontese culinary excellence. Over one hundred exhibitors from all over Piedmont attend. The Market is open every Saturday and Sunday during the entire duration of the Fair from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm.
- HISTORICAL REENACTMENT
For one night and one day Alba transforms into a live medieval village, with hundreds of people dressed in costume involving visitors and tourists in games, street theater, dance, and song. In every corner of the town, you will find tasty items with traditional ingredients and flavors, cooked on-spot with historically accurate ingredients. It’s a not-to-be-missed moment of the fair, where the streets and alleys fill up with dozens of hot and cold dishes, plenty of wine, and endless entertainment. This historical reenactment, called “Il Borgo si Rievoca,” animates the city of Alba on Sunday, October 16 from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm while the Baccanale del Tartufo is Saturday, October 15 from 8 pm to midnight.
- TRUFFLE HUNT
There’s only one thing more exciting than the taste of a truffle on a steaming dish of tajarin pasta: going on a truffle hunt! During the entire duration of the Truffle Fair, you can reserve a hunt accompanied by a trifolau (truffle hunter) and his loyal truffle-sniffing dog. It’s an experience that takes place in the heart of the forests and hazelnut trees of the region, immersed in the secret world of the white truffle.
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