Once upon a time the Salone del Vino was the premier enogastronomic event in the Lingotto of Turin.
It then started to alternate every year with the Salone del Gusto, but such has been the success of the latter that former no longer exists, usurped by the now huge International Salone del Gusto and Terra Made, as well as the new kid on the block, Slow Fish in Genoa.
This premier Slow Food event takes place in the last weekend of October in even years and over 5 days.
The amount of institutional and corporate sponsors may not sit too well with the original concept, but don't be fooled that Italy's best food and wine show begins and ends here.
There are thousands of small regional associations, local producers and organizations who deserve credit and the Salone del Gusto is certainly a beacon for the majority of Italian typical products enthusiasts and producers,
The Terra Madre concept has now been fully incorporated in the main event and extends the roots of movement worldwide.
The dedicated website of the Salone del Gusto is as comprehensive as they come with all the sections of the fair listed, as well as photogalleries going back to 1996.
The video above does the rest.
One of the new aspects is Food That Will Change the World, an exhibition about biodiversity, agriculture and daily consumption, a theme which central to the whole Slow Food Movement, but now taking in every continent, not least Africa.
This phrase sums it up:
In the screening room, three documentaries filmed in Kenya, Ethiopia and Senegal will be telling small but significant stories of possible virtuous alternatives, examples of resistance against the growing madness of the industrial food system.
Do go at least once.