The region of Emilia Romagna
Voghiera is in the province of Ferrara and every August holds its garlic festival when the year's crop is harvested. Biu what makes the garlic of Voghiera so special?
The experts tell us it's a combination of whiteness, large cloves and that it lasts a long time before going mouldy.
The food and wine of the Adriatic coast along the Italian Riviera in Emilia Romagna is as varied and rich as the territory. From Ravenna to Ferrara, Rimini to Forli-Cesena each province boasts its own unique flavours and culinary traditions.
From the enthusiasm of a young Italian collector, Enrico Maltoni, anyone passionate about Italian coffee and coffee making machines can now find out more close up.A dedicated exhibition with accompanying book and website is now celebrating one of the most beloved habits of Italian people: espresso coffee.
If you are interested in cherries, pies and balsamic vinegar then head to the town of Vignola near Modena in then Spring. The name 'Vignola' probably comes from the Latin "vineola", which means little vineyard. It was originally an ancient Etruscan village on the way between Parma and Bologna along the Panaro river. Surprisingly, Vignola is famous today not for its vines, but for rice and its cherry cultivation. The best time of the year to go therefore is during the Spring when the cherry blossom fills the trees and orchards.
Porcini mushrooms are interesting things.
They tend to be bought either dry in vacuum packets in supermarkets or fresh in traditional markets. Knowing what to do with them is another matter.
Then it's a good thing that September sees the national 'Fiera del Fungo Porcino' or porcini mushroom fair in Albareto, province of Parma.
The event attracts some of Italy's finest chefs who reveal how to be creative with these wonderful 'kings of the table'.
There are certain tricks you can learn which are no doubt demonstrated at the event.
Unfortunately, the dedicated website is only in Italian and, therefore, so is the fantastic recipe section divided by antipasti, primi and secondi.
Over 20 'ristoranti' join in the mushroom fun and if you find yourself in Albareto any other time of the year, then why not check out the full list which needs no translation.
Dan Hostetler adds
The Fiera Nazionale del Fungo Porcino or Porcini Fair is celebration of the giant, flat mushrooms that the area is famous for. Nearby, in the town of Borgo Val di Taro, the local shops and restaurants celebrate the funghi (mushroom) season from September through November (the town is well-known for it's delicious variety of the spongy treat).
The of fair of Allbareto in the province of Parma takes place every second weekend of September and is considered one of the most important in the trade and, in fact, it is twinned with the white truffle fear event in Alba.
Associazione Fiera Nazionale del Fungo Porcino di Albareto
Via Provinciale 64, 43051 Albareto (Pr)
'Home Food - I Mangiari di Casa' is the name of an association established for the protection and valorization of the typical culinary gastronomic patrimony of Italy.
Home Food Le CesarineIn simple words, the Home Food project has created the possibility for all of us to be the guest of an Italian family and eat classic local recipes cooked by the Lady of the House.