The summer has flown by and it’s time to organize a tour in the loveliest month of the year: here in the area around Parma, the month of September offers something for everyone. We start with the Festival del Prosciutto di Parma, the Parma Ham Festival, which celebrates one of the proudest traditions of the Food Valley with a rich and varied programme of events from the 1-5 September 2016.
Gastronomy, spectacle and culture are at the centre of the XIX edition of this food celebration which is visited every year by thousands of people. Over the two weekends following the celebration the festival offers the “Open windows” possibility to visit a ham plant and really see how the product is created and where Parma Ham is born. The Ham Festival is celebrated with tasting sessions, music, shows, conferences and exhibitions and is the ideal way to experience this delicate yet tasty DOP creation appreciated by fine palates world wide.
Prosciutto di Parma is, in fact, only produced here in the Parma territory where the sea breeze caresses the hills and the climate is ideal for maturing the product while ensuring its characteristic and unmistakable sweetness. The popular new advert of the Consorzio del prosciutto di Parma concentrates on the concept of “You are from Parma if……” celebrating the excellence of the product but also the people of the area and their values.
The September Festival is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in this world of people, passion and the almost perfect products which make this territory absolutely unique; Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, Culatello from Zibello, and Salame from Felino. Art lovers simply can’t pass up the chance to visit the Castles dotted throughout the territory, the magnificent city of Parma with its monuments and museums or the Verdi homelands where the magical music of the greatest Italian composer can still be experienced. Visit the website of Parma Incoming and create customized packages made to measure for all different tastes.
An entire section is dedicated to food and wine tours which offer tastings, visits to specialist producers and craft food laboratories and tours in the kingdom of DOP and IGP products.
From the king of the cold cuts to the king of the mountains with the Festival of the Borgotaro Mushroom IGP in the heart of the Parma Apennines on the 17, 18, 24 and 25 September 2016. This will be the 41st edition and is the most significant dedicated to the precious and fragrant woodland product, protagonist of so many exquisite recipes. In a place rich in history and tradition, the festival of the Porcino mushroom has become a fixed date on the second weekend of September and every year becomes more significant with a wealth of events around the main celebration.
Amongst the key attractions is the restaurant with more than 600 places which this year will offer a menu based on “Mushrooms every which way” from a starter to polenta, from fried to preserved in oil. The 2016 festival offers, as well as the usual food and wine stands, an exhibition of show-cooking, live music, meetings and conferences, exhibitions, a market, shows, excursions, sport and many activities for children. A unique occasion to visit the province of Parma to discover one of the most important products that this territory can boast of, not for nothing has Unesco awarded its prize for gastronomy to this territory.
Parma Incoming has devised a package which is ideal for those who wish to bring together their enthusiasm for typical products, a quality gastronomy and a love of nature: Looking for the King of the mountains: Borgotaro Porcini Mushroom. In fact, the legendary mushroom, which grows in the area of Albareto and Borgo Val di Taro in the province of Parma and Pontremoli in the province of Massa Carrara, attracts thousands of mushroom seekers from all over Italy every year in September and October.
If you enjoy the open air and trekking, take a look at our exclusive tour "Up and down the Higl Val Taro". The area of Borgotaro is a real paradise for nature lovers and those who want to escape the pollution and chaos of the city. Expert guides will accompany you on any one of four different walking tours to admire the pristine scenery of Bedonia considered to be one of the pearls of the Parma Apennines.