Festivals and Events
Langhe and Roero are worth visiting year round. In addition to their natural beauty and the food and wine, they attract visitors from all over the world for the many festivals, events and things to do.
In the spring, Alba, the “capital city of Langhe”, hosts numerous events related to the Vinum, a wine fair during Easter time. The streets of Alba, also known as the “the city with a hundred towers” are enlivened by wine experts and enthusiasts, while Palazzo Mostre e Congressi hosts a real enoteca with sommeliers ready to conduct the best tastings.
Other events happening at the same time are concerts, exhibits and the more recent and very much appreciated Notte Bianca of the Bookstores (an event organized by indipendent bookstores with gatherings, readings, writers, mini-exhibits, etc).
The villages of Langa are very lively in the summer: a local festival, a fair highlighting the typical products, events, concerts and barbecues almost every night.
In September, during harvest time, is the most anticipated event of the year, the International Fair of the White Truffle of Alba.
For almost two months the “Capital of the Langhe” hosts the truffle market that attracts tourists from all over the world, and a series of musical, folkloristic and cultural events – among which the amusing Donkey Race (Palio degli Asini), attracting over a hundred thousand perople every weekend.
In November, the Castle of Grinzane Cavour, site of the Regional Enoteca of Piedmont, hosts the famous Truffle Auction: celebrities participate in this aution every year, and enthusiasts from all over the world (also online) compete for the best specimens of “Tuber magnatum pico”.
Every two years in Bra, home of the typical DOP Bra Cheese, hosts “Cheese”, the most important international fair dedicated to quality cheese, organized by Slow Food.
It is also possible to taste the traditional dishes of the Langhe and Roero cuisine and pair them with fabulous wines, while walking from one cellar to the other, alternating therefore food and wine and discovery of the territory: from the highly renowned Mangialonga in La Morra, to the stroll “da Cortile a Cortile”, through the historic courtyards of Bra.
Winter is a great season to enjoy traditional dishes – in Bra for the Piedmontese autochthonous meat with the variuos sumptuous stews and the Bra beef sausages; in Dogliani, on the first of November, it is time for cisrà, the typical chickpea soup.
At Christmas there are several stagings of the Nativity Scene as well as the Passion of Christ; particularly interesting those in Belvedere Langhe and Macellai of Pocapaglia.
The little town of Cherasco is also worth mentioning, with its important antiques and collectibles markets, its international snail farming exhibition, its remarkable production of chocolate and numerous art exhibitions at Palazzo Salmatoris.