Cultural Italy – Salone del Gusto 2008
In addition to fine works of art and beautiful architecture, Italy is also known for its fabulous foods. The Salone del Gusto festival in Turin is your opportunity to taste all the different foods that Italy has to offer and its not just Italian food, there will be representatives from all over the world as well.
Salone del Gusto is a biannual event and is the seventh festival since Salone del Gusto started in 1996. This festival is dedicated to the enjoyment of food, especially natural and organic foods. This event started from humble beginnings as a small section of another fair but it has grown over time to be a completely independent event.
The festival runs from Thursday 23rd to Monday 27th of October and this is the first year that the festival will have a Zero Environmental Impact! This gala is divided into 3 parts the Market, the Kitchens and the Islands of Taste:
An important aspect of food is knowing where it comes from. So during this food fair you the consumer will be able to meet and talk to the producers of all the foods being presented in the Market. There will be representatives from 6 of the 7 continents, coming from as far afield as the USA, Argentina, Australia, Japan and of course a wide representation from Italy itself.
The Kitchens is where you will get an opportunity to view the entire list of available foods with all the regions and countries represented on one menu!
As part of the Islands of Taste you can partake in the Taste Workshops, the Theatre of Taste, the Meetings with the Makers, try one of the Dinner Dates, and for the first time this year there is tastes’ of the Master of Food courses for adults and students and even a Taste Test sensory games for infants! In addition to the tasting of foods there is also a section dedicated to the tasting of fine wines from across the globe.
Aside from food there will also be some other diversions such as storytelling, dance and some music to aid in the digestion. The festival will open daily at 11am and a one-day ticket costs 20.
How to get there: Turin is located in North-Western Italy; it lies about 140 kms west of Milan and 150 kms northwest of Genoa. If you have arrived in Turin by car on the Torino tangenziale (ring road), then you can find the venue by taking the Corso Unità d’Italia exit and follow the signs for Lingotto Fiere. The Lingotto complex has underground parking for 4,000 cars. It is advisable to arrive from the new Corso Spezia underpass.
Along with this upcoming Festival, there really is so much to do and see in and around Italy, so why not try our car hire Italy option, or read one of our other Italy blogs and make your holiday to Italy a more memorable one.
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