Emma Zamec, a University of Minnesota student interning abroad in Florence, recently contributed to a segment in the Italian magazine La Repubblica. Emma’s article, which focuses on the Taste Food Fair, highlights the many delicious and intriguing exhibits on display. Although the Taste Food Fair has come and gone, we are pleased to share Emma’s contribution.
Emma is interning at Magenta, an English-language publisher located in downtown Florence.
Although this is changing, it is known that women continue to reign in the kitchen at home while male chefs dominate the scene at top-starred restaurants. The Taste Food Fair, however, brings the visitor to the source, back to the farm where traditionally, both sexes work to create the ingredients of the cuisine for which Italy is so renowned.
With a Taste Gastronomic Tour, and a Taste Tools section (offering a variety of kitchen equipment and designs) located in Stazione Leopolda, and Taste Shop just outside, the festival will also expand into the Teatro dell’Opera di Firenze for special conferences and shows scheduled at the Taste Ring. Fuori di Taste is a program of food-related events at various cafès, restaurants, hotels, and cooking schools throughout the city.
In the main space, there will be almost 400 different producers exhibiting food delicacies at counters set up and down several aisles. It is here that people are able to try anything from regional breads, cheeses, traditional Tuscan meats, homemade jams, sauces, creams (including truffle) biscotti, cakes, chocolate and tortes in addition to prosecco, wine, craft beers, and coffee. Vendors at these stations share extensive knowledge about their products, so there is the unique opportunity to learn and understand the background behind Italy’s different specialties.
This edition will also introduce a new focus on artisan coffee. Based in Tuscany, La Marzocco, the world leader in traditional coffee machines, will host an interactive and educational show. One can taste various blends of freshly made espresso and listen to the history behind the brand from the bean to the cup itself.
After sampling, one is able to stop at the Taste Shop and pick up their favorite treats to take home. Located just outside the Stazione Leopolda in Piazzale Gae Aulenti, the Shop is essentially a grocery store made up of all the offerings in the main space.
The Fuori di Taste agenda comprises dinners, themed tastings, installations, shows and performances. The full program of Taste is found at www.pittimmagine.com.
~Emma Zamec, the University of Minnesota
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