The National Truffle Market takes place every year at the Centro Fieristico Borgosole near Fabro during the last two weeks of November.
It is organised by the mountain communities of the Valtopina, Monte Peglia e Selva di Meana and Monte Subasio near Assisi.
It's not just truffles, but also an enogastronomic presentation of rarely seen local cheeses, selected cured hams, fine olive oils and Umbrian sweets.
There are also stands for handicrafts, ceramics, wrought iron, lace work and carved wood. A sort of modern version of what thosands of small weekly local markets used to be like for centuries. Expect the program to feature some or all of the following events:
- Food tastings based on truffles
- Demonstrations by AIS, the 'Associazione Italiana Sommelier' as to the best wines to accompany truffle dishes
- Dedicated restaurant serving only truffle meals
- 'Tartufando', a celebration of life in the Valtopina such as a demonstrations by truffle hunting dogs of the Association 'Tuber Terrae'
- Horse riding in the woods; A national truffle hunt competition
- Short courses to become a Truffle Master run by the Centro Nazionale Studi sul Tartufo of Alba.
Valtopina along the valley of the river Topino', is exactly halfway between Assisi and Colfiorito.
In this area of small hills and oak trees is the mountain community of Subasio. Thanks to the clay terrain, the zone is ideal for the cultivation of truffles, which, along with olive oil, is the main product of the area.
Recently the 'Centro Valtuber' has been opened at Ponte Rio, a laboratory aimed at understanding more about the truffle and finding ways of commercializing it without destroying its uniqueness.
Find out about the 'Mostra Mercato Nazionale del Tartufo Nero Pregiato' in Norcia and the 'Mostra Mercato Nazionale del tartufo bianco e dei prodotti agro-alimentari' in Gubbio.