Italy is one of the few countries that are lucky to be home for the famous and very expensive white truffle. Truffles grow, delighting gourmets and “truffle hunters” – “tartufaio” that search truffles in forest with specially trained dogs.
In standard time of truffles search – the autumn – the white truffle festivals and fairs are organized in the Italian towns which are located near truffle forests.
One of the most famous fairs is held in the town of San Miniato, which has always been in the center of attention because of the location in the Middle Ages – on the main road between Rome and Northern Europe, and at present – between Florence and Pisa. San Miniato – is one of those truffle places of Tuscany, where truffles grow already for many centuries. And just here in 1954 the truffle of record weight 2.5 kg was found!
White truffle festival in San Miniato begins with costume parade and takes the entire territory of the small town, including all streets and squares. The exhibition and competition belongs to a white truffle, and the fair offers also a variety of other local products and delicacies, made with truffles and offered for tasting and purchase.
In 2017, the festival will be held during three weekends:
11/11 – 12/11
18/11 – 19/11
25/11 – 26/11