On October 7th 2017, the 87th edition of the International Alba White Truffle Festival will be back to the town in the province of Cuneo, following a yearly tradition that started in 1929.
Alba – as Guido Piovene described it in his 1957 literary guide to Italy, “Viaggio in Italia” – “is the capital of Italian white truffle: it packages, exports and celebrates it in annual festivals, electing Miss Truffle as its queen.”
Until November 26th, at the 19th-century Cortile della Maddalena, you too can celebrate the magnificent “Tuber magnatum Pico”, a “very prestigious white truffle with a light garlic flavor that leaves its perfection unscathed, because it never triggers unpleasant aftertaste in the throat” (to say it with Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, a French gastronome and “philosopher of taste” from the 18th-19th century).
Truffle hunters and sellers will present their precious underground mushrooms at the fair: Catalan novelist Manuel Vázquez Montalbán has commented,
Below the hard surface, dark, fat, heavily scented truffles are waiting for us. Truffles are the essence of the earth. They are an effervescent mix of all the nutrients. They look like rocks and yet they are alive.
Let’s discover the incredible mysteries of truffles in Alba.