92nd International Alba White Truffle Fair
There was a time when marketing was simply called business acumen, or rather the ability of enlightened people to interpret and read the signs of an ever-changing society.
One of these people was Giacomo Morra, born in 1889, who turned Alba into the world capital of truffles. Skinny, with little hair, small eyes behind a pair of light, round glasses: you would have expected to see him behind a bank counter wearing detatched sleeves, but that was not his story, he was destined to become the “king of truffles”. His life would be ideal for a movie. Born into a modest, large family, he worked as a restaurateur, hotelier and was the first to grasp the intrinsic potential of this highly fragrant tuber, which the trifulau (truffle hunter) of the Langhe used to bring to light at night. In 1929, he had the brilliant idea of combining a truffle section with the end-of-harvest celebrations. The event was highly successful and the following year it was the turn of the Savoy family to inaugurate the first fair. However, this was not enough and so he soon began to use his great skills as a commercial strategist. He sent the best truffles to the VIPs of the time and invited them to Alba: Churchill, Eisenhower, Khrushchev, these were the years of the Cold War, but he was only on the side of the truffles. He invited Hitchcock, paid homage to Rita Hayworth and, in the autumn of 1961, a radiant Marilyn Monroe was seen walking through the streets of Alba.
To attend the International Alba White Truffle Fair is to honour the far-sightedness of this great entrepreneur, this genius who turned the spotlight of the gastronomic world on Alba every autumn. This event, which has grown over time, enlivens an entire region with the prestigioug Alba White Truffle World Market, where magnificent and selected specimens can be purchased, and several food and wine-related events such as the Alba Truffle Show (the area dedicated to Cooking Shows with top chefs, Sensory Truffle Analyses and Wine Tasting Experiences). Furthermore, there are twinnings with regions of food and wine excellence and "taste weddings" in the Langhe Monferrato Roero hills along with guests, meetings and debates; and also art exhibitions and musical performances, Alba Truffle Kids, the pavilion dedicated to children and their families, and the renowned Alba White Truffle World Auction which, from Grinzane Cavour Castle, addresses truffle lovers in the most prestigious cities all over the world.
Appointments with exclusive admission dedicated to gourmets in which to discover the best combinations of excellent cuisine and the White Truffle of Alba.
Top-level cooking shows that allow you to discover the secrets of the most popular national and international chefs who, for the occasion, vote their creativity on dishes tailored to the white gold of the Langhe.
The price is 40 €.
An extraordinary appointment to learn the secrets of homemade egg pasta: a workshop to learn the secrets related to the processing of a specialty that is much more than a food: fresh pasta. Cooking lessons followed by tastings at the Beppe Fenoglio Room equipped with stations for the preparation of agnolotti, ravioli del plin and tajarin. On Saturday at 3 pm, on reservation. Tickets on sale. The cost is 24 €.
The Truffle sensory analyzes are immersive experiences led by the Sensory Analysis judges of the National Center for Truffle Studies, in which to discover the organoleptic characteristics of Tuber magnatum Pico. A sensory analysis judge from the National Center for Truffle Studies reveals the secrets of the most famous mushroom in the world between olfactory tastings, sensory tests and practical tests. Sensory analyzes will take place on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am, 3 pm and 5 pm.
The Wine Tasting Experience offers the Langhe's most original tasting.
Every weekend highly experienced enologists and sommeliers will guide you on a journey through local wines, revealing their characteristics and sharing curiosities. Wine Tasting Experience is an initiative of Strada del Barolo e Grandi Vini di Langa. The Wine Tasting Experience is on Saturday and Sundays at 3:30 pm and 5 pm.
Unusual Dinners are unique occasions in which products of excellence known all over the world and the best chefs on the national and international scene meet the Alba White Truffle in one of the most popular food and wine districts in the world. Dinners start at 7.30 pm
In the splendid setting of the Roddi Castle, cooking courses are offered by chefs.
The Roddi Castle hosts the Thematic Dinners on the occasion of the International Truffle Fair. The dinners will take place on Monday, the 25th of October with chef Patrizia Grossi, on Monday, the 15th of November with chef Marta Grassi and on Monday, the 22nd of November with chef Giorgio Bartolucci. Dinners start at 8 pm.