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Alba Truffle Festival

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White truffles are the diamonds of the culinary trade and this tiny town in Piedmont is lucky enough to be a mine of these white lumps. The world’s greatest chefs converge here annually for the Fiera del Tartufo Bianco d'Alba, the White Truffle Market and Auction. You have to be invited to attend the auction, where the bidding starts at more than 1,600 pounds a kilo and some truffles go for more than 1000 pounds each, but the rest of us are welcome at the market and fair and will still get a chance to try one of the world’s most expensive funguses. Looking like a cross between a mushroom and a cauliflower, the musky flavours of these strange looking growths are supposed to make women more amiable, if you know what I mean, and enhance the other flavours of the region which also include snails and Barolo wine.

The fair runs for much longer but the truffle market usually runs for five weekends around the end of October. Most of the sellers are local farmers who take their eyes off the rest of their produce for a few weeks to massively supplement their income hunting the white truffle.

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Vercelli, Montafia are too far... you can see if there are place in BRA (7km), CASTAGNITO (5Km), PRIOCCA or CASTELLINALDO (some B&B)

Buying tickets to White Truffle Festival in Alba

Can I purchase tickets to the festival prior to the day I am going? Does the festival get sold out? How much are the tickets? What is the best way to buy them? Can I do it online?

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This festival has many many different events to it - from markets to special meals to cooking classes - and spreads out of Alba into 19 surrounding towns. It's the kind of event where it's your accommodation that you need to worry about first. If you can have somewhere to stay there will be truffle related events you'll be able to attend.

Ok, so it sounds like there are no tickets involved for the festival. Do you have suggestions of nearby towns to stay in that might be good. I am sure Alba is all booked by now.

Montafia? Vercelli? Asti? Even Turin or Lake Maggiore are not that far.

How to travel to Alba?

Thank you for a wonderful article !

Please can you suggest the best way to get there? To which airport in Italy..

Thanks

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Turin (TRN)=63km

Genoa (GOA)=72km

Milan Malpensa (MXP)=117km

Milan Linate (LIN)=128km

Nice (NCE)=133km

If you scroll down keeping your eyes on the right hand column you'll see a box telling you what's nearby - the list of airports can be found there.

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