It feels like going to the movies, except it’s more tasty. That could be a good way to describe the Wine Food Festival Emilia Romagna (WFF), the rich calendar of “greedy events” taking place in Emilia Romagna this fall. It’s like going to the movies, because there’s a different star “on stage” everyday. But it’s somehow more tasty than the movies, because whereas Hollywood stars sometimes “miss a shot” with a bland interpretation or so, our food specialties are always up to the expectations they come with. So let’s take a look to the events that are scheduled for this week.
The Festival devoted to the king of all hams strikes back, with a program richer than ever. The traditional charity auction will takes place on Saturday, 18th under the Portici del Grano, Parma: a selected set of hams will be put on the bar and the money raised with them donated to a local charity association (ADMO). But the “Finestre Aperte” program will be there too, with ham factories opening wide their gates to the public and offering them the opportunity to watch the production process- and to participate in free wine tastings. Moreover, several events will light up the hills of Parma and a huge “farewell party” will take place in Parma during the weekend (17-19 September) with tasting stands set up in the main squares of the city.
Salamina da Sugo Festival
But during the oncoming weekend one could as well choose to drive through to Ferrara to discover the “salamina da sugo al cucchiaio”, one of the best specialties of the local cuisine. Salamina da Sugo al cucchiaio is a sausage made with poor pork meat such as capocollo (salted and smoked pork meat taken from the neck), guanciale (lard from the pig’s cheek), bacon, tongue, liver and lard skilfully measured and divided, stirred with spices and full-bodied but new wine. The event, taking place in Madonna Boschi through September 26th, is well worth a trip!
Grape and Lambrusco Grasparossa Wine Festival
Wanna taste a bit of Lambrusco Grasparossa, one of the best wines around the spot? Then the place for you is Castelvetro- near Modena- where the Grasparossa is celebrated every year with a dedicated Festival. The aim of year’s edition (the 43rd, by the way) is as usual to ncrease the value and consolidate the agricultural vocation of Castelvetro while celebrating the origins and the characteristics of its main specialty. Thus, Choreographic settings, exhibitions, people in fancy dresses, food tastings, wine introduction courses, conferences and wine tools exhibitions will be set to take you back to Castelvetro wine and food traditions.
[And if you want more information about this week's events, just take a look to the Program on the Wine Food Festival Website]. Buon appetito!