Italy's main truffle season is from October to January. But some lesser known fellows of the species keep growing all through winter, which is the foodie reason behind the March edition of the truffle fair in San Giovanni d'Asso (the autumn truffles can be tasted each year during a great fair on the first two November weekends).
2013 TARTUFO MARZUOLO (aka Bianchetto San Giovanni) SPRING TRUFFLE FAIR
Saturday, 9th of March
11am opening of the food stalls
11,15am guided tour to a selection of artisan food producers in the Crete Senesi (on reservation only firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +39 0577 803268)
12,30pm Itinerario del Gusto - Foodie tasting tour: by one ticket to taste yor way through all the food stalls of the fair and meet San Giovanni's white March truffle in lot's of different preparations.
2,30pm Foodie Trekking: use and healing properties of wild herbs and salad greens.
5,30pm at the Castello (San Giovanni d'Asso's medieval castle): guided tasting with Marzuolo truffle and Spumante
Sunday, 10th of March
10,00am Treno Natura: steam train departure from Siena station
(only on reservation. Phone +39l 0577 48003 or e-mail email@example.com)10,30am Opening of the food stalls
11,30am Truffle hunter for a day: guided walk organized by the Tartufai Senesi (the province of Siena's truffle hunters association). Use reservation number supplied above.
11,40am Arrival of the steam train at San Giovanni d'Asso's station (a must see with kids)
2,30 - 5,30pm Street artists and marching bands in San Giovanni d'Asso's town center
5pm Departure of the steam train
A preview of the Orcia Doc wines and an extra virgin olive oil tasting (the superb oil from the Val d'Orcia and the Crete Senese) will be organized. For more information click through to the complete program (in Italian) of the 2013 March truffle fair on the website of the town council of San Giovanni d'Asso.