Apologies once more for the irregularity of these posts. I think irregular may be the new regular.
This late post was partly because I had the good fortune to attend the Alba White Truffle Fair earlier this month. You can read about some of what I got up to at World Travel Guide.
From a cheese perspective, I spent one, glorious evening with some pancetta crudo, bread, and a slab of Castelmagno. My first time. It was wonderful, like a Caerphilly with attitude. GB cheesemakers: we need a domestic response.
I’m working on catching up with scheduled cheese posts, but until then here’re some images from the truffle fair:
Medieval shenanigans surround the fair, the highlight of which is a donkey version of the Palio di Siena.
The magical Alba White Truffle. Check out its current price per 20 grams at http://www.tuber.it. Click on the truffle stock market.
Truffle Dundee makes a sale. All the truffle sellers are real characters.
Professor Calculus says, “Just sniff it.”
Mandy Patinkin needs to up his truffle selling game
The tshirt is only the beginning of how awesome this guy is.
No pigs used for truffle hunting in Italy, only dogs trained with tennis balls doused with truffle oil. Training starts at 3 months, and the truffle dog is ready after three years. There is even a truffle dog university in Piedmont.
Also for sale are a lot of mushrooms, salami, Piedmont’s stellar cheeses, and artsy craftsy items.
“What do you mean ‘no corkscrew’?”
Next time: Appleby’s part deux