Tartufo Bianco…the white truffle!
Each November, the smell of truffle perfumes the entire hilltop town of San Miniato, Italy. During the last three weekends of the month, the town plays host to a magical event – the White Truffle festival, better known as the “Mostra Mercato Nazionale del Tartufo Bianco di San Miniato”. As the press release says the city becomes a huge open air tasting workshop for the foodie in each of us.
This past November was no exception. There was a mission to be accomplished, and I was just the one to take on that mission – find and purchase some olive oil from Murrucola. Having brought a carefully wrapped bottle home a few years ago, we just KNEW we had to have more! So, off we went on our quest.
Whether you turned left or right, the booths serve to entice and amaze you – fresh prosciutto, cheeses that you’ve never heard of before today, and those truffle. Lucky is the dog that has the job of finding the truffle, right??!!
As we entered the tangle of booths, our mission seemed crystal clear – yes, straight ahead, direct in our line of sight, there they were!!! Marrucola Azienda Agrituristica – a site to behold.
Briskly we marched toward the booth, seeing none other than The Main Man Himself, and his trusty assistant, Martina – we had met her two years ago and told them both how delighted we were to purchase oil to take home again this year. Well, one thing led to another, and before you know it, we are tasting not only the oil, but also the wine and other organic and local products that are their specialties.
PLUS we learn that they also have a farmhouse hotel that sounds like a “must” for our next adventure in San Miniato….stay tuned….maybe there will be more to report in May, if a visit can be arranged…
That sounds wonderful! Did you ever get to the chocolate festival in Perugia? My daughter took the most amazing photos of chocolate sculptures, shoes, hats, you name it. One of the artists had a broken chocolate computer that he gave them… of course they had to lug a 20 lb. chocolate block back on the train but they did manage to make a dent in it – you know to lighten the load.
No….never been to the chocolate festival. Not sure if I could survive that one 🙂 It sounds AMAZING and fun. Will have to check it out for next trip!
I hope to visit that farmhouse hotel with y’all some day!!!!
Just say the word!! We’d love to have you along for the trip!!!
I had hoped to be at this festival last Nov., but it wasn’t meant to be. I’m hoping to attend at some point in the future. Glad to hear you were there!
Definitely put this one on your To Do In Italy list. Everything about the Festival is so worth the trip! Slow Food always has a booth there, so you can visit them, as well as all of the local crafts people, specialty food producers, and wonderful tastings galore. Plus the wine and olive oil are PERFECT in November.