Alba White Truffle Fair – 7th October to 26th November 2017

Fiera Internazionale Tartufo Bianco d’Alba 2017

This weekend sees the opening of the Fiera International Tartufo Bianco d’Alba in Cortile della Maddalena, one of the highlights of Piemonte’s gastronomic calendar. Trifolai (truffle hunters) and brokers gather together to sell their wares every weekend through until 26th November.

Just walking into the arena, you will find the air heady with the pungent aroma of this white gold. But there are other delights to be savoured here too. Cheeses, salami and other salumi, wines, hazelnuts and chocolates are there in abundance. There are workshops and tutorials to help you know how to select this tuber and for more information on this, just click the link to the fair’s official website.

But 2017 hasn’t been the kindest year for this smart, aromatic fungus. The summer has been extremely dry with virtually no rain and this is what helps the spores develop. So far, truffles are small (but good) and it remains to be seen how the autumn and the truffles will develop. Prices at the outset are around 2.50 euro per gram but with the demand from the restaurants and private buyers anticipated to be high, it is suggested that the price will soon rise to around 4.00 euro per gram. No wonder they call it white gold.

For those of you keen to go, the best time to taste white truffle is towards the end of October and beginning of November. And if you are going to go along this year, it’s best to make restaurant bookings well in advance due to the high demand for tables.

A little further into the season, I’ll get back to you with more information on how things are progressing so if you’d like a more personal report, just contact me and I’ll be glad to reply.

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