National Exhibition of White Truffle 2022 in San Miniato
On weekends from 11 to 26 November, tasting and shopping for Italy's most famous truffle
On the three weekends of 11-12, 18-19 and 25-26 November, the medieval town of San Miniato (located between Empoli and Pisa, to find out more click here), the birthplace of filmmakers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, and once home to Frederick II and Napoleon Buonaparte, is the Italian capital of the White Truffle.
The Mostra Mercato Nazionale del Tartufo Bianco di San Miniato delle Colline Sanminiatesi, organised by the Fondazione San Miniato Promozione, is now in its 52nd edition and takes place when the fruit is at its peak of ripeness and goodness.
The city's squares host spaces where the best products featuring the White Truffle of the Sanminiatesi Hills can be tasted and purchased. The city is transformed into an open-air taste laboratory, where internationally renowned chefs combine zero-kilometre organic products with the best traditional recipes for new culinary experiences and trends.
Surrounding the Piazza del Duomo with truffles are a range of possibilities among the historic corners and squares where typical local flavours are presented together with other Italian specialities of Taste. Together with the white truffle, one can also find the best of the Italian agro-food industry, such as norcini, dairy, organic and wine products. A festival of flavours where gourmets and visitors come together to taste all the excellence of food and wine.
This year's exhibition has as its theme - in continuity with last year's - environmental sustainability, because there is no good truffle without a healthy ecosystem. This is precisely why the slogan #trufflesforfuture was chosen, as a reference to Greta Thunberg's movement that fights to protect the environment and the future of the next generations. Climate change, on the other hand, also has its effects on truffles, because while quality remains high, quantity is low. This is why from next year the harvest season is postponed and lasts from 1 October until 31 January.