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Italy's Top Fall Food and Wine Festivals

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Italy is a primo European destination for foodies and vino lovers alike. Visitors experience fine palate food and mouth watering wine year round. The fall season presents a perfect opportunity to explore the best of Italian food including pasta, truffles, wine and even potatoes.  Bring your appetite as Italy warms up palates during the cooler months with steaming hot delights that are authentic to Italy.

Festa dell’Uva, Cinigiano
Locals take pride in their classic, century-old vino, making Festa dell’Uva a passionate heritage. The festival showcases top-quality grapes, grown regionally, and concocted into world-class wine. Beyond wine, taste-testers put their fingers on some of the best culinary classics in the region. Music, traditional folk dance, wine talks and tastings unite to make this an unforgettable food tasting event.

Potato FestivalBologna
Once a food for famine, steps into the limelight of fine palates and carbohydrate cravers. Food, wine and potatoes serve up this week long festival hosting more than 90 participating restaurants and 40 Italian chefs. Bologna potatoes are considered the best in the country matching flavors with paired wine and other food itineraries. Don’t expect deep-fried, or bland potatoes, eating in Italy is an art and religion, and potatoes earn the highest culinary respect.

Certaldo AltoBoccaccesca
This gastronomic fair touches the heart of Italian food fans. Baguettes, risotto, wine and cheese fuse to unite foodies under one roof. Programs include nutritional, agricultural and cultural programs as well as local musicians playing melodies to enhance every foodie’s mood. Taste the bold flavors of traditional Italian cuisine set place in a non-intimidating atmosphere.

Barcolana RegattaTrieste
For one of the swankiest festivals, head to Barcolana Regatta where the largest gathering of boats flood the Mediterranean Sea with day and nighttime races. Besides fun on the water, food, vino and music add to this cultural event. Piazza dell’Unite is one of Europe’s largest squares overlooking the sea, which is the hotspot for sailors to meet and intermingle over a glass of freshly aged grapes.

Neive Vino e…Neive
“Neive Wine and…” takes place in Piedmont where the truffles and chocolate free-range amidst Italian lands. Piedmont is one of Italy’s most favored wine regions, thus hosting an annual wine event in Neive to boast its bold flavors. Also known as “Land of Four Wines,” or Terra dei Quattro Vini, is known for certain flavors such as Moscato d’Asti and Dolcetto d’Alba. Sample platters of meat and cheese, or savor a four-wine risotto while being entertained with music and costumed characters. Prime time for truffles and truffle festivals occur between October and November.

Fall Truffle Fairs
No Italian culinary experience is complete without a taste of its local, grandiose truffles. The Alba White Truffle Festival is notable for its truffles being concocted into oil, butter and appetizers, and is one of the most popular truffle festivals in Italy. Other truffle food events occur around the country in cities including: Piedmont, Le Marche, Emilia, Umbria and Tuscany.

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