Three-month festival of food, wine begins in Emilia Romagna
Quake-hit region to celebrate culinary 'masterpieces'24 August, 15:20
Lambrusco wine, cave-aged cheeses, and the piadina Romagnola are some of the other "masterpieces" of the food-famous region to be presented during the fourth edition of the Wine Food Festival, organized by regional tourism and agricultural organizations.
Different parts of the Emilia Romagna, which is still recovering from devastating earthquakes last spring, will host different events throughout the fall and continuing until December.
Communities from Piacenza to Rimini are taking part.
One of the first events will be hosted by the community of Sant'Agostino di Ferrara, which has come to symbolize survival after the May earthquakes.
From August 30 to September 16, Sant'Agostino will celebrate the prized "tartufo del bosco di Panfila" - truffles found only in this region.
Other events include Parma's 15th prosciutto festival which runs Sept. 7-16; great wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano will be cut into in Bibbiano and Reggio Emilia from Sept. 22-30; Bologna will celebrate its famous mortadella meats Oct. 4-7; and a fish festival will be held in Cesenatico in Forlì province Nov. 1-4.
The Wine Food Festival 2012 will end Dec. 16 with the golden Cicciolo Campagnola competition, celebrating the region's best pork products.