Festival della Bandiera
The sky above Piazza Risorgimento will be filled with a thousand colors, between the overwhelming rhythm of the drums and the fascinating and complex performances of the flag-wavers.
The Festival della Bandiera (Flag Festival) tests all the skills of the participants. The event will be held on Sunday, the 23rd of October at 3.30 pm.
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.