I’ve just got back from Turin in Italy where I was invited by Garofalo Pasta to cook at the Salone del Gusto. The internationally renowned event is a celebration of slow food which attracts food lovers, buyers and producers from all over the world. This was the eight time the event, which is run biannually, has been held and with guests from over 160 countries it’s an incredibly abundant festival.
The Marketplace is home to over 200 exhibitors, which have been selected in collaboration with Slow Food’s regional and international offices. It is split into three pavilions, with two representing the whole of Italy and the third dedicated to the rest of the world.
Rob and I walked around over the two days we were there, exploring the stalls and sampling produce but it was impossible to take everything in; there was so much! We ate well at lunchtimes, devouring the most flavoursome risotto (with a great bite to it, as you’d expect) and a deliciously savoury and herby porchetta sandwich, the memory of which is making my mouth water. And wandering around we took in an incredible array of cheeses and meats, oils, wines and spirits, herbs, pasta and rice, fruits and vegetables. It was so vast and seemingly never-ending (had I died and gone to heaven?). I only wish I could have taken a suitcase full of goodies back to England with me.
In part 2 I’ll tell you all about the excitement, fun and nervousness of cooking for around 30 – mainly Italian – food lovers at such a gastronomical event. Would my nerves get the better of me? What would the Italian foodies make of my British pasta dish? And what was the sausage-saga and how did it end?