Autumn in Tuscany - Exhibitions truffles in Tuscany

Between Siena and Pisa there will be several shows that the lovers of gastronomy and gourmand can’t miss. Tasting, exhibitions, contests will be focused on tradition and gastronomy. Let’s start recommending the 43rd Mostra Mercato del Tartufo Bianco a San Miniato (9-10 | 16-17 | 23-24 November 2013).  An itinerary 2km long, a kind of open-air laboratory of the taste, within old hamlets and historical squares in the city, which holds the record for the world biggest truffle ever found (2kg and 18 notches). More than tasting and exhibition of products, usually the biggest truffle unearthed and the oldest “truffle-discoverer” get awarded, cooking contests, guided tours and conventions are organized. The truffle is obviously at the centre of the show, but also other local specialities are celebrated, like wine and olive oil, in a typical Tuscan way. The warm and welcoming atmosphere allows the visitors to taste the local delicacies and fall in love with the territory. For further information get in touch with the Fondazione San Miniato Promozione (ufficio.turismo@sanminiatopromozione.it). Let’s move on with our “truffle tour” in another area famous for its truffles, with the 28° edition of Mostra Mercato del Tartufo Bianco delle Crete Senesi (9-10 | 16-17  Novembre 2013). Also this year, at San Govanni D’Asso, culture and gastronomy will stand together. Through the street of this hamlet you will not find the scent of wine, but the scent of truffle, coming from the several stands, tasting points, kitchens of restaurants; music, art shops, local craftsmanship, local products, shows and other cultural events. Regarding the aspect of the tasting, the agenda is very tight and variegated. Saturday the 9th and the 16th, the visitor will be guided through a tour, to discover and taste products made by the local company on the territory (booking in advance is mandatory, max 15 seats). Still Saturday 9th and the following day, Sunday 10th, dedicated tasting session for local cheese, “pecorini senesi”, with designated wines of Consorzio Orcia. Again on Sunday 10th, experimental tasting of uncommon combination of hand-crafted truffle ice creams and spirits. Saturday 16th, dedicated to truffle, coffee and chocolate. All the tasting is free of charge, but booking is mandatory. During the two Sundays, those coming from other cities will make a dive in the past, if they will decide to come with the old steam train: Sunday the 10th the train will depart from Siena, instead the 17th will depart from Grosseto. Finally we have to recommend the “XVI Mostra Mercato del tartufo Bianco” hold within the festival “Volterragusto”, at Volterra (26-27 October, 1-2-3 November).  In the scenery of the beautiful Etruscan city you will encounter a rich itinerary, where among with the local truffle, you can taste a lot of different delicacies, such as wine, olive oil, bread, cheese, salami, ham, chocolate and much more, presented directly by the local producers. Delicacies for the mouth and for the sight, it’s rare have both as the tasting sessions will be hold surrounded by architectural beauty. Don’t miss the chance of follow the local truffle producers and their truffle hound during a day where you will get introduced into the secrets of this activity. The event will come along Sbandieratori (“flag throwers”) e Musicisti Città di Volterra and “Palio dei caci” (Sunday 27th October at 15.00), a race where the different “contrade” of Volterra will challenge themselves on rolling their cheese along a route.

For info:  info@volterragusto.com Options are many. Good food, nature and culture: an autumnal Tuscany offering its magnificence to be tasted. All we can say more is have a safe trip and enjoy your visit! The most rare tuber into scenery of rare beauty.

For info about accommodations near the exhibitions: Tuscany Accommodations

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