Posted by: debrakolkka | November 2, 2010

Salone del Gusto

The Salone del Gusto is held in the Lingottto Centre inTorino every 2 years.  It is a showcase for those interested in the Slow Food movement and brings together people who have something creative to contribute to the growing, producing and selling of food – farmers, cooks, shepherds and small production companies.  Terra Madre is held in conjuntion with Salone del Gusto.  According to Paolo Di Croce, (Secretary General of Terre Madre Foundation) “The Turin meeting is an opportunity for exchange and understanding between producers and other actors in the food sector, representing a different approach to food production: observant to environmental resources and planetry equilibrium, sustainable development, the preservation of biodiversity, product quality and quality of life for producers.”  Aren’t you glad someone is doing this?  I am.

I have been 3 times now, and I love it.  There is delicious food on display, to see and to taste, from all over Italy and beyond.  The Lingotto Fiere is huge.  It used to be a Fiat factory and storage area and is now a perfect showcase for this excellent food festival.  Delegates from countries all over the world come to Terre Madre.  Any one can attend Salone del Gusto, and they do in their thousands.  You should book ahead if you want to attend, and go in the first 2 days.  It becomes impossible crowded on the weekend.  We were among the first people inside the building, so were able to cruise around without too much difficulty.  There is so much to see, I have had difficulty choosing photos to show you.

delicious looking honey

The first stand we came upon was wonderful honey.  We were the first to dip our spoons in for a taste – and the first to make a purchase.

Doesn't it make you want to eat it??

cheese being made on the spot

The teacher’s face was screened on the whey – how clever!

slightly ghostly

Here's a man who loves his buffalo

And who can blame him when she makes such lovely mozzarella?

people come from everywhere for Salone del Gusto

Sopressa del Palladio

We were given a generous portion to try, and I can report that it was excellent.

superb cheese

A very serious discussion about prosciutto

Italians take their prosciutto very seriously, and I’m glad they do.  We have an excellent selection at our local shops in Bagni di Lucca.  I don’t think I have ever had a bad one.

slicing the prosciutto

making bread

these were very long leeks

beautiful borlotti beans

perfect capsicums

rice for risotto

a cheese door

expensive balsamic - 85 and 45 euro

sbandieratore - flag throwers

There is nothing I like better than a bit of flag throwing. Click here to see the fabulous flag throwers for Alba. At this point on day 1 we were a bit over looking at food, so we gathered some supplies and headed to the park by the Po and had a little picnic.

bread, mozzarella and tomatoes gathered at Salone

It was time to return to the hotel to gather our strength for day 2 at Salone del Gusto.


  1. This looks great! We were introduced to the Slow Food movement on our trip to Torino this year and we loved it! It’s spreading across the globe, as indeed it should.

    • You should go to Torino in 2012. It is great fun.

  2. All that food: I can taste another visit coming on!

    On the last trip I was concerned about the amount of pasta, bread, cheese and prociutto I ate. I also did a lot of walking and actually lost 3kg.

  3. My mouth’s watering already seeing that scrumptious looking bread covered with mozzarella, proscuitto and ripe tomatoes! Count us in for the next Salone del Gusto. Would that be in 2012?

  4. I love food markets & the odd couple of European food fairs I’ve been too, I could spend a whole lot more time in this life I reckon sauntering around places like this. Your right, they sure can do wonders to smallgoods, we Aussies could learn a lot from their techniques.

  5. Thanks Deb for this wonderful information and gorgeous photos. How fabulous! We had an Italian friend for dinner the other night and he knew of the slow food festival…..and couldn’t believe i had heard of it. I told him how over the years you have told us how fabulous it is. This is a must. I am so happy to see these photos. It is just how I imagined it to be. Absolutely fabulous.

  6. I wish i was there)
    I love especially the honey!
    One of the best local produces in here (Sudan) is honey. I am having it day and night:)

  7. I am so jealous! I am going to make a point to go to this the next time it happens. It’s everything that I love!

  8. Oh how I would love to go to this one. That honey looks truly amazing…and the balsamic, I wonder how it tasted at that price. What a magical food day, I might have to put this on my to do list.

    • The balsamic was absolutely wonderful. It is very thick and syrupy and is obviouslyused sparingly.

  9. What an amazing gathering! And that picture of the chef and the buffalo is great 😀

  10. I’m going to HAVE to go to the next Fair too!!
    Fabulous info and photos Deb.

    • You really must go in 2012. There is a lot to do in the towns around Torino as well – dinners in wonderful little restaurants – so much fun.

  11. Great post and photos.

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