Paul Howard

Salone del Gusto

Salone del Gusto in Turin

Salone del Gusto is the biggest international event ever dedicated to food and gastronomy.  Every two years it brings thousands of farmers, food producers and food lovers from 160 countries to Turin in Italy. 2016 is the Salone’s 20th anniversary, and it’s also Slow Food Italy’s 30th birthday, so there’s plenty to celebrate too.

Salone del Gusto runs from September 22 to 26, 2016. 

Previous events took place at the Lingotto exhibition centre in Turin, site of the enormous old FIAT factory immortalised in the film The Italian Job.

The last event in October 2014, attracted 220,000 visitors plus 3,000 delegates and featured a huge market with 1,200 exhibitors from 100 countries. Such is the size and prestige of Salone del Gusto that it has now outgrown its home.

Instead, Slow Food is taking over Turin, using the most beautiful and prestigious sites throughout the city centre. It’ll be in the squares, in the parks, on the streets and in Theatre’s, Museums and Palaces. The usual dates of the Salone have been moved almost a full month earlier so that visitors can enjoy the warmth of late summer and early autumn in this most beautiful Italian city.

Slow Food is actively concerned with how our food is made, preserving biodiversity and securing a better food future. Since its foundation, it has grown to have over 100,000 members worldwide and its influence has. The are workshops, tasting events, cookery demonstrations and traditional foods from seemingly every country in the world. But it doesn’t stop there; there’s beer, spirits, mixology too.

And wine, lots of wine.

Meanwhile, the Terra Madre network of food communities was launched by Slow Food in 2004 to encourage the small-scale farmers, breeders, fishers and artisans around the world. If it’s food-related, it’s here. Even with five days, it’s impossible to see everything.

Best of all, it’s free, and you don’t need to be a member of Slow Food, though you may want to, especially if attending workshops is your thing. Yes, you’ll have to pay to join the workshops or individual tasting events, but that is all.

 

It’s an unmissable experience. Full details are online now.

Perhaps I’ll see you there?

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