The fair includes food and products from all over Italy as well as various parts of the world. My favorite pavilions, besides the Southern Italy pavilion (Sicily, Campania, Calabria, Puglia) are the Europe and Africa/Middle East pavilions.
I bought a belly-dancing belt that I had been pricing out for at least five years, and I got a good deal on one. There are so many coins on it, I can’t wear it around my apartment in the evening. I’m hoping to get good enough before I have children that I can imitate Santa’s sleigh bells to create some confusion in their heads while they’re sleeping. Now to take a class! Susan is trying to convincing me to sign up for a belly dancing class through the Milan Comune’s Ufficio Tempo Libero which has a pretty good course selection if you’re in the Milan area.
Of course, most of my pictures from the fair are food-related! I was there shopping for my Menu for Hope basket that will be unveiled shortly. If you are a food blogger, and are interested in offering a prize, read the Menu for Hope IV information at Chez Pim and contact your regional host. Bloggers in Europe (except UK), Fanny at Foodbeam is our host, so contact her immediately!
So many mozzarella, so little time. Braids, little balls, fresh ricotta wrapped up so prettily.
Here there are quite a few scamorza and caciocavallo (the cheese with the rope tied around its neck) – you can see the famous burrata cheese I paired with fresh pasta down in the right corner with a green leaf-like tie around its neck.
Here a truffle seller cleverly pre-weighed and priced his truffles. This way the clients just pointed at the size they wanted and they already knew the price! Who wants that basket of truffles?
I liked this huge display of meats – the red pepper encrusted prosciutto in the background is mouthwatering.
Here’s some gelato from the Bronte pistachio seller that gave me the pistachio cream. My Sicilian friend who came with me declared it to be “possibly the best pistachio gelato I’ve ever eaten” – it deserves its own stop on the Tour del Gelato!
How can those pistachios be so impossibly green? The skins are definitely removed before being chopped up. You could buy them already chopped in little containers to take home and manipulate at will.
While the prices at the fair are not always the cheapest (this spice seller’s display was impressive but quite expensive), you will always find a unique gift. I justified several gifts for myself (see bellydancing belt above) and a few for others, too.
I realize that I might not have mentioned where I’ll be spending my the winter holidays and New Year’s….can anyone take a guess? Here’s a picture as a hint. I’m going to need your tips!!