Punk Domestics in Italy 2015: Fiera del Tartufo, Sant'Agata Feltria | Punk Domestics

Punk Domestics in Italy 2015: Fiera del Tartufo, Sant'Agata Feltria

October is an undeniably magical time to be in Italy. The food is at its best this time of year, not least because there are truffles, porcini mushrooms, and chestnuts. So important are these ingredients to the local cuisine, towns around the Apennines have festivals to celebrate them.

Many people know of the white truffle festival in Alba, but there are smaller festivals in quaint towns elsewhere. While Alba draws big crowds, these petite festivals, like the one in Sant'Agata Feltria, are intimate, and often nearly exclusively frequented by Italians. From the moment you arrive at the festival, you know this town is serious about truffles.

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Piazzale del Tartufo, Sant'Agata Feltria

The town is comprised of just a few small streets that snake their way up to the top of the hill, and the festival completely fills the town. There are, as you might expect, truffles, and lots of them. But there's also porcini mushrooms, fresh and dry. And there's cheese. So much amazing cheese. And meat. Amazing salame of many varieties, prosciutto and much more. Everything here is made by artisans from neighboring communities. 

White truffle, €1500 per kilo, Sant'Agata Feltria

Truffle vendor, Sant'Agata Feltria

Truffle sauces

Fresh porcini

Dried porcini

Truffled cheese, Sant'Agata Feltria

Cheeses, Sant'Agata Feltria

Salami, Sant'Agata Feltria

Salami, Sant'Agata Feltria

Carving prosciutto

One thing you must try is the traditional mortadella. Look at the size of that loaf! She sliced it paper-thin, and served it on fluffy bread. Baloney sandwiches have nothing on this. 

Mortadella!

Another local treat is roasted chestnuts. The air was perfumed from them. (That gentleman to the right isn't military; he's a porcini forager.) The chestnuts are enjoyed with a local wine called Cagnina. It's a fresh wine, very low in alcohol, and it complements the sweetness of the chestnuts very well. Think of it as the Beaujolais Nouveau of Romagna, only far superior in flavor. 

Chestnut roaster and forager, Sant'Agata Feltria

Cagnina and chestnuts

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