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Truffle auction, festival and market in Alba

France is known for its black truffles, but they seem pale compared to white truffles (Tuber Magnatum Pico) of Alba. The most famous cooks from around the world arrive to this little Piemonte town to the annual Truffle Festival.

This year the Festival will take place from September 23 to November 13.

Selling for no less than 2,400 dollars a kilogram, these exotic white tubers have an irrevocable reputation in the world culinary community. The Festival includes auction (entrance with invitation only), truffle market and fair. One should also try snails from nearby Cherasco and famous Piemonte Barolo wines.

At the auction, which opens at 8 a.m., famous chief cooks often spend as much as 700-1500 dollars for these white mushrooms, the look of which reminds of cauliflower. The sellers are mostly local farmers who can significantly improve their situation during truffle harvest season, which continues for about 5 weeks.

Famous companies are also represented here.

Truffle markets where one can buy white truffles and several foods made of them, work on weekends from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the time of the Festival. The fair provides the opportunity to get familiar with other specialties of Piemonte cuisine as well.

It is said that "white diamonds", as white truffles are sometimes called, make "women more tender and men - more affectionate". Their unforgettable taste adds exquisiteness to omelettes, fresh pasta or risotto. And there also exists Piemonte butter sauce, and fonduta - Piemonte analogue of Swiss fondue, and truffle oil, and truffle cream and even rice..

Besides, there is a lot of various happenings in the context of the Festival - Chocolate holiday il Cioccolato, Wine holiday, costume parades, Palio horse races, elections of Truffle Queen, theater performances, exhibitions and pyro-musical show.


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