12 November 2008

29th edition of "Tutto Mele"

While we we're on the subject of apples here are a few photos of the 29th edition of this November's Tutto Mele. It opened last Saturday in Cavour, to the pomp and fanfare of the round up of the usual local dignitaries and politicians. It was a gorgeous day, much warmer than last year as we reminisced with others who had been there as well.

It is a fabulous display of all the many varieties of local Pinerolese fruit growers hard word, each vying for recognition, more fans and points of sale. Every year there are always so many different things to see and sample. The offerings vary widely from year to year aside from the massive amount of apples and quite a few kiwi to boot. Piedmont is the main producer of kiwi in all of Italy and they are coming in strong now. You can usually always count on finding kiwi and apples for the whole of the winter in the Pinerolo market, like steadfast friends. Right now they are crisp, fresh and quite a bargain.

This year they are featuring quite a few other interesting features, like Tutto Gusto, Tutto Eco, Tutto Sposi, or all things flavor, ecological and wedding. Interesting combinations if you ask me. I must admit that as we made our way through the serpentine displays of Sicilian desserts, cheeses, cookies, olive oil, Torinese chocolates, fur coats, hot tubs and got to the bridal fashion section, I thought perhaps we were lost, but of course, when we popped out at the heavy equipment of diggers, tractors, and other big machines that I had no idea what exactly they did, then I knew that we must still be in Cavour.
Now were were we with those apples?

Ok, so these aren't apples either, but what a great display of gigantic turnips and how about that giant squash at the bottom of the photo.

Then we found the tortelloni filled with apple and the pasta made with apple as well. There was a bit of a crowd around this stand and I forgot to go back later to make a purchase to try this unusual offering. Might just have to make our way back over before the end of the weekend. Luckily the festival goes for 10 days, so there's still time to get back over before it ends on the 16 of November.

Especially as I didn't get to try the "Mele in Camicia,"
apples in jackets or apple dumplings as we called them.

And on one last bittersweet note.
A fond farwell to our "Stagista" friend, Rachel, who is back home in Colorado after her 6 month stint working in the kitchen at Maison Verte Hotel
in Frossasco, Italy.
It was certainly our pleasure to have met you and enjoyed a few outings and laughs together.
We wish you all the best in your journey as a chef, as you explore the multi faceted world of cuisine.
Buona fortuna!
We look forward to meeting up again.

If you're looking to check out Tutto Mele here's a google map.


Proud Italian Cook said...

Ooooh, You have to go back and get that apple tortelloni, it looks delicious! What a fun time!

Bella Baita View said...

I do have to maybe get over there on Saturday and get some tips on how they like to serve these indeed.

Bellini Valli said...

Anything to do with food is my kind of event:D

Zen Chef said...

You live in zee most beautiful place in the world. I am so jealous! Can i move in with you? :-)

And i remember a past comment you left on my blog about your proximity to Alba? I'm soo packing my bags! hehe.

I'm really intrigued by the apple tortellini too. This is great!

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Maryann said...

That tortellini is gorgeous! I like the apple picture too. So pretty!

James Higham said...

That's the fabulous part of Italy.

Bella Baita View said...

Val any time you want to come over and explore the events I'm here.
Thanks Zen Chef.. the spare room is ready but only if you bring your "Che" chef outfit and sharp knives!
I think it's a beautiful part of the world too, James.
I think I will lobby hard tomorrow ti go get some of the apple tortelloni, just too intriguing. Thanks for stopping by and commenting everyone.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Oh, I wish I could attend this one, too. Those mele in camicia look wonderful.

Fern Driscoll said...

What beautiful exhibits - wow! Were there crowds and crowds of people? I love the apple sink - so clever. Maybe next year...

Bella Baita View said...

Thanks Lemoncello Welshcakes, they make me want to make some too. I always forget about those as an option for dessert.
Fern, there were big crowds on Sunday, but Saturday didn't see the crowds they usually do. could be festival, sagre and financial fatigue.

Glenna said...

What a wonderfully fun day! Mmm...I think you need to go back for the tortellini and dumplings--looked yummy!

Bella Baita View said...

Actually Glenna, I went back and got the tortelloni, but I think I need to trade you some apple dumplings for your peach cobbler!

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Wow what a fantastic place to visit..I can just imagine it, hope you got to go back :-)

Bella Baita View said...

I did indeed Anne, and got the pasta! It was yum!

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