The Truffle Festival is back with an abundance of novelties, and now at its 17th edition. This feast of the palate dedicated to the much treasured tuber unearthed in the Tignale woods, will be held on 25th 26th and 27th September, and includes an encore on 3-4 October. It will turn the spotlights on those now ripen black truffle species, like Tuber aestivum (commonly called ‘scorzone’), Tuber uncinatum (a summer yield) and Tuber mesentericum (or ordinary black truffle, the most widely available species growing in the Brescian Upper Garda).
This year’s event features a richer agenda that includes guided tours with truffle foragers, a cooking school, a makeshift restaurant aptly named ‘Ris-tufo (Ris-truffle) right on piazzale delle Ginestre, the Festival’s centre of gravity, where two cooks will dish out truffle-based specialties from noon to 4 p.m., and, last but not least, books and music presentations.
From the 20th September 20 to the 12th October, town restaurants will further liven up this earthnut bonanza by serving special truffle-based dishes. Display and tasting stands, some of which will also sell truffles and other local delicacies (cheeses, cured meats, oil and wine) will be open during the fair from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Not to be missed, on the 27th September, is the walk with the forager, a guided hike in search of the precious tuber. The expedition will depart from the Gardola oil mill and end at the Prabione Museo del Parco, with complimentary aperitivo.
Noteworthy is also the proposal of the ‘Cooking School’ between the serious and the facetious», on the schedule for Sunday, at 3:00 p.m. The festival’s first weekend will conclude with a recital of the Montecastello choir, at 4:30 p.m., and, at 6:00 p.m., the presentation of Simona Cremonini’s book “The Legend Comes with Eating”. An encore is scheduled for the 3rd and 4th October.
Information at: tignale.org.
But September is not just all about truffles. On the 7th September, on the eve of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Marian procession will move from the Gardola parish church to the Montecastello Sanctuary. The parade, a true crowd-gathering event, is set to start at 8:00 p.m. The Sanctuary, considered Tignale’s feather on the cap, sits atop the edge of a calcareous rock overlooking Garda Lake, thus yielding one-of-a-kind, breath-taking views of the basin region.
September will also offer guided tours, on foot or mountain bike, organised by the Single Tourism Office. On the schedule are excursions to the Cima Piemp Alpine hut, hiking along the old brigands’ paths, in search of Upper Gardesian honey, to the Campione headland, and much more.
The programme accommodates customized excursions for Nordic walking aficionados.
Dates are available on tignale.org.
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