49th National Exhibition of the White Truffle in San Miniato
In the gorgeous surrounding Tuscan hamlet, the most anticipated wine and food event of the year is back!
From 09 November 2019 to 24 November 2019
If in November you are in the area of the Pisan Hills don’t miss the San Miniato white truffle National Exhibition. Now at its 49th edition, the event takes place in the historic center of the beautiful village during all the weekends of November. A unique opportunity to taste the majestic white truffle, one of the delicacies of this marvellous land. Taste it in a blaze of flavors, textures and combinations with many other delicacies typical of San Miniato, Italy: extra virgin olive oil, salami, sweets and of course a good dose of great wine. After all, we’re in the area of Chianti Colline Pisane DOCG! Despite the many food and wine delicacies do not expect to find any old truffle festival, the one in San Miniato has much, much more to offer! First of all, the Officina del Tartufo, the heart of the whole event, will have Michelin starred chefs preparing sublime dishes on the spot and proposing creative combinations in which the truffle of San Miniato will be the undisputed protagonist. In addition to 120 exhibitors who will offer Tuscan and Italian food and wine excellences, interesting itineraries between these delicacies will be offered, as well as a focus on culture through exhibitions, plays and performances. What do you think, does the San Miniato Truffle Festival seem a nice idea for an autumn weekend in Tuscany? Perfect, then while you decide which weekend to choose – whether 9-10, 16-17 or 23-24, we’ll continue to tell you about all the things on at this unmissable event.
The first thing we’d like to emphasize is that San Miniato in Tuscany is one of the most beautiful villages. Perched on a hill surrounded by a wonderful scenery of delightful rolling hills, vineyards and olive groves, you will find a historic center full of picturesque views and buildings that witness an important past: the Rocca di Federico, the 13th century Cathedral, Piazza Duomo and the beautiful façade of the Episcopal seminar. The various events of the San Miniato Truffle Festival 2019 will take place between these streets and buildings, a fascinating way to experience the village in all its splendour. This village is really linked to the fame of the Italian white truffle, so much so that as a bronze statue recalls, the biggest truffle in the world was found here. It was found by Arturo Gallerini and weighed a whopping two kilos and eight hundred grams! Who knows if the truffle season 2019 will produce another record-breaking tuber? You’ll definitely find many at the Tuscany Truffle Festival, perhaps smaller in size but with the same unmistakable taste. So let's have a look at the program of the San Miniato Truffle fair and this year’s edition new features!
As with past editions, eco-sustainability will be once again one of the main themes of the San Miniato Festival 2019! This will result in a total ban on plastics and also complete recycling, biodegradable furniture and LED lights. Since white truffle grows only in uncontaminated natural areas and is therefore a great biological indicator, respect of the environment is of paramount importance. Recently there has been much talk about the need to stop using plastic tableware, but at the Truffle Festival 2019 in San Miniato this is nothing new: this was, in fact, the first entirely eco-sustainable event!
Since the first edition of the San Miniato White Truffle Festival in Italy took place in 1969, we could say that this year marks the golden wedding anniversary of the village in the province of Pisa and the famous tuber! This year’s rich program includes three weekends packed with events throughout the historical center. The first (9-10 November) will be dedicated to the cities of the Marche Region with the Moon and the infinite in mind. Yes, we're talking about Giacomo Leopardi! On the occasion of the 450th anniversary of the founding of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and the 500th anniversary of the birth of Cosimo I, the second weekend of the San Miniato Truffle exhibition in 2019 will be dedicated to the Medici family. The last weekend, on 23 and 24 November, will be dedicated to another illustrious figure: Napoleone Bonaparte who spent a few months with his father in San Miniato.
If you decide to visit this Truffle Exhibition in Tuscany, we advise you to keep your eyes open and look around while you are munching away: you could happen to see one of the truffle ambassadors. These are famous people who are passionate about the white truffle of San Miniato. Giancarlo Antonioni, Gianluigi Buffon, Fabiana Luperini and Andrea Bocelli belong to this elite group, just to name a few.
Beyond all these side events that will make the event much more interesting and fun, the highlight will be – there’s no denying it - the chance to taste and buy the delicious 'king of the table'. In short, dear gourmands, you will not struggle to find where to buy white truffles or where to eat white truffle recipes in San Miniato! It will not be difficult to taste an excellent truffle risotto, such as the one created by Renato Tozzi, the patron of the Miravalle restaurant, who was the creator of the White Truffle Exhibition in San Miniato. You can choose to eat in one of the many restaurants that offer special white truffle food, or you can have a drink here and there at the various stands. What can we find? Well... think of any product and you will find it with truffles: truffle sausages, truffle olive oil, truffle biscuits, truffle cheeses, truffle pasta... and so on and so forth! Obviously in San Miniato you can also buy white Italian truffles, most of the exhibitors are in the Cathedral area. Are you wondering how much the white truffle costs? Difficult to say since everything depends on the season, you'll just have to go to the biggest truffle festival in Tuscany to find out! And since, I understand, you are passionate about good food, why not take advantage of the chance to go on one of our food and wine tours. That will really make your weekend in Tuscany as tasty as it gets.
SAN MINIATO TRUFFLE FESTIVAL 2019 DATES: 9-10, 16-17 and 23-24 November
LOCATION: San Miniato historical center
Period: From 09 November 2019 to 24 November 2019
Event location: San Miniato
Contacts: info & full program www.sanminiatopromozione.it
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