With the locals heading back from a summer by the sea desperate to show off their tans, September is party month. Name a food or drink and some village somewhere will be celebrating it. From hazelnuts to Barolo, honey to cooked salami… the only hardship is choosing which ones to go to! See www.langheroero.it for more.
2 White truffles
As the days start to get shorter and the mornings ever foggier, truffle hunters and their dogs head into the forests in search of white truffles. You can join them on a hunt, (it’s genuinely exciting chasing the dog through the trees as he picks up a scent) or if you’re feeling lazy just order some white truffle in a restaurant. You can have it shaved over pretty much anything but simplicity is always best… just get it on a fried egg and thank me later.
Wine is more than just a drink in the Langhe, it’s an obsession, and for many people a livelihood. At no time is this more apparent than during harvest. You can feel the excitement in the air as the beginning of harvest draws closer. It’s the only thing anyone talks about… when are you starting? Have you seen the weather? How will it be this year?
The Langhe is always beautiful, but in autumn it goes to another level entirely. It’s just ridiculous. See what I mean?
5 The white truffle festival
Every weekend from 8th October to 20th November, Alba becomes the centre of the white truffle world. A huge marquee hosts the International White Truffle Fair, where you can touch smell and buy your own white truffles. There are also wine and food tastings and dozens of stalls selling cheeses, salami, oils… pretty much anything you can imagine putting white truffle in, and a few things beside.Outside of the fair itself, Alba also hosts a medieval parade and fair, a donkey palio, exhibitions, wine tastings, live music and much, much more. See www.fieradeltartufo.org for more details.