White truffle fairs and festivals in Italy: dates and locations

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In Italy the months of September and October are usually packed with fairs and festival celebrating one of the most refined and expensive foods on the planet: white truffle. This period corresponds to the truffle hunting season, and the regions that feature the highest number of events – Piedmont, Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna, Marche and Umbria – are indeed those where this sought-after underground fungus is most widespread.

The most eagerly anticipated kermesse on both a national and international level is the International white Alba truffle fair, which is held every weekend from early October to late November and this year is celebrating its 86th edition. Sponsored by Italy’s Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, the fair boasts a calendar packed with truffle-themed events and charitable initiatives that have managed to attract the interest of the media.

There are many other popular fairs and festivals in Italy celebrating this precious fungus, all worth visiting: here’s the 2016 calendar listing all the best events. Enjoy!

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White truffle fairs and festivals: 2016 calendar

Piedmont:

  • International white Alba truffle fair: every weekend from October 8 to November 27, 2016.
  • International white truffle fair: Trisobbio – October 23, 2016.
  • Truffle fair: Moncalvo – October 23 and 30, 2016.
  • Regional white truffle fair: Mondovì – from October 29 to November 1, 2016.
  • Regional truffle fair: San Damiano d’Asti – November 5-7, 2016.
  • White truffle display and market: Rivalba – November 13, 2016.
  • Regional white truffle fair: Vezza d’Alba – November 19-20 and 25-26, 2016.
  • Truffle fair and Sant’Andrea fair: Castelnuovo Don Bosco – November 27, 2016.

Emilia-Romagna:

  • Truffle festival: Savigno – November 1, 8 and 15, 2016.
  • White truffle festival: Sasso Marconi – November 5-6, 2016.
  • Truffle festival: Sant’Agostino – November 11-13, 18-20 and 25-28, 2016.
  • National white truffle fair: Sant’Agata Feltria – October 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2016.
  • Truffle festival: Brisighella – November 20, 2016.

Tuscany:

  • White truffle and porcini mushroom festival: La Serra-San Miniato – September 23-25, 2016.
  • Truffle fair:  San Miniato – November 12-13, 19-20, 26-27 and December 3-4, 2016.
  • White ‘Crete Senesi’ truffle display and market: San Giovanni d’Asso – from October 29 to November 13, 2016.
  • White truffle and other typical delicacies from Volterra, display and market: Volterra – October 22-23 and from October 29 to November 1, 2016.

Marche:

  • International white truffle fair: Acqualagna – October 30-31 and November 1,5,6,12 and 13, 2016.
  • Truffle display: Sant’Angelo in Vado – October 8-30, 2016.
  • International truffle-themed motor-show: Sant’Angelo in Vado – October 14-16, 2016.

Umbria:

  • Truffle and white potato display and market: Pietralunga – October 7-9 and 15-16, 2016.

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