Monday, September 10, 2018

2018 Food U.N.

For the 12th time, even years in Turin mean Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto aka the Food United Nations organized by the Slow Food movement.

the snail is the Slow Food symbol, here in front of Palazzo Madama in 2016

Foodies and food professionals of all sorts, such as researchers, producers, journalists, authors, chefs, scientists and communities meet every two years here in Turin to talk food, sustainability, business, regulations, biodiversity, politics and ethics.

This huge convention lasts 4 days, from September 20th to 24th and besides many conferences, international forums, presentations and cooking shows, it will also include many workshops all open to the public. This is the Terra Madre - Mother Earth convention part.

Then there is the Salone del Gusto or Flavor Fair 🙆 part where the Slow Food producer members from all over the world come to Turin to show and sell their own products to the public. So, there will be a market like space with stalls and path people can go through to savor different good, clean and fair specialties.

back in 2012, Alpini were the security, you can see the raven feather on the right

In the expo area of Lingotto a symbol area for Turin where the first FIAT factory was designed andthe very first EATALY opened.
Getting there is very easy as you can simply get the subway and get off at the terminal: Lingotto stop.

Vermouth another staple drink of Turin

You can save some $$ if you buy your tickets online here.

Even if these 4 days are packed with super cool events, and you'll spend hours sampling your life through the stalls, as you are in Turin, you should definitely take advantage and visit the Porta Palazzo market, thelocal living example of our food philosophy.

The whole area is actually very interesting because the whole city shops here on a daily basis, making it the largest outdoor market in Europe. 
As the Italian regulation for organic products is very strict and the certifications take up to at least 5 years, there is no organic section BUT there is a farmers' section.

Also, you should take advantage of the many specialty shops around the square, including the imported food emporiums and the many restaurants.

one of the many Terra Madre presentations

What is Slow Food?
The exact opposite of fast food!
As much as in many contemporary societies, we are always on the run, eat on the go, while walking or even driving, in Italy we keep the table appreciation and time is our luxury.

Restaurant shifts are only two as local Italians pay to eat out and for their time to chew AND chat; Italians keep the deep believe that our nutrition is our best preventive medicine and invest in what they eat, reading labels and inquiring about the origins of their foods, but also taking some healthy cooking time every day.
Sitting down at the table with family and friends is still the top social event, not only to keep up with the hood news but also to relax and enjoy life. After all, we are not cats and have just one life...

Turin version of The Absinthe Drinker by Edgar Degas

Once you see the world through our lens, many food novels, famous paintings and soul food movies just get out of their fiction dimension and become more real.

This is Italy, where the kitchen is the heart of the house, the table is the meeting point of the society and food is the pivot of the economy and the basis of our health care.

This is also why we celebrate Turin Epicurean Capital every year and how you can get to enjoy our vida royal with our walking tours, cooking classes, shopping and mindfulness sessions.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

August in Turin

Before the 2008 economical crisis Turin, just like any other Italian city looked deserted, especially on August 15 or Ferragosto!

To get a better idea of what this all Italian Mid-August phenomenon is like, and especially if you love the Italian culture and language, we invite you all to watch The Mid-August Lunch:

Thursday, August 9, 2018


Without any doubt one of the Piedmont's culinay joys are our ramassin plums 😋
These super sweet and aromatic tiny plums are native of southwest Piedmont which means you will not be able to enjoy them outside our cool region... 😎

ramassins and Alessi bird set designed in Piedmont courtesy of Valentina from Chivasso

Friday, August 3, 2018

Through Hell to Heaven!

We are happy to share with you all, amici, another guest post by Jim and Julia Dunlop who took part to Turin Epicurean Capital in 2016.
As they are deeply in love with Turin and Piedmont, they never miss any chance to visit.

To read their previous guest post, click on the links: guest post 1 about Lake Orta, guest post 2 about their experience at TurinEpi16, food and wine in Turin!

Friday, July 27, 2018

Turin décor

We often talk about Turin's vidaroyal and always post pictures of our unique architecture but what about our décor?

how would you like your balcony to be held up by some horrific creatures?

Friday, July 13, 2018

St John celebrations

Among the many things Italy is famous in the world fashion, and historical costumes are definitely two.
If you love fashion and its history, if you love Europe because it feels just like a time machine, then Turin is your best destination particularly during the St. John the Baptist Day celebrations.