The silly season is a great for any serious foodie. This is particularly so in Tuscany, where the foods are wholesome, hearty and delicious. And with most foods still prepared in traditional ways, they are even good for you!
For the dedicated foodie, there are a great range of Slow Food events taking place in Florence throughout December.
The Slow Food movement, from humble beginnings of simply wanting to protect good food traditions in Italy, has grown into a global organization that has never lost sight of their original goals of keeping food simple, local and good. In recent years, the movement has also become proactive in education, both by arranging initiatives in schools around the world, and via the creation of their own university, the University of Gastronomic Sciences, in Northern Italy.
Each month, a series of Slow Food events are held in all locations where there are Slow Food groups (each known as a ‘convivia’). You can enlist in the Slow Food Movement or find (or create!) a local Slow Food ‘convivia’.
7th December, 2012: Cena Terra Madre Day (Mother Earth Day Dinner)
This dinner will be held at the Teatro del Sale from 7.30pm-9.00pm for dinner, followed by a show by the Trip Radio Marelli at 9.30pm. More information can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
13th December, 2012: Aperitivo Slow (Slow Aperitif) at 7.00pm
At In the historical La Casa del Vino on Via dell’Ariento 16r, Florence, an ‘aperitivo’ is being held which will include a tasting of fine wines accompanied by a mouth-watering selection speciality foods. Cost is 7 euro for Slow Food members and 9 euro for non-members.
18 December, 2012: Cena degli Auguri di Natale alla maniera napoletana! (Christmas Time Dinner alla Napoletana)
The name of the location is almost as much of a mouthful as the menu! Being held at the Antico Spedale del Bigallo, this special Slow Food Christmas eventi s being organised by the Condotta Committe under direction of Naples local, Maria Sammarco. Naples is home to pizza, great seafood dishes and more and the menu is:
Pizza di Scarole, Impepata di Cozze, Pesce al Vapore with oil, pepper and Sorrento lemon, Baccalà e capitone fritti, Salad, Fresh and dried fruit and Christmas ‘Stuffoli’.
No great Italian meal is complete without wine, and this special Slow Food Christmas meal will be accompanied by Vini Campani by Ciro Picariello, whilst dessert with be served with Karma Claus del Birrificio Karma.
The price for this Slow Food Christmas event in Florence is 37 euro for Slow Food members, and 45 for non-members. To book email email@example.com or call +39 320 4308110.
15-22-28 January, 2013: Il Master della Carne (Masters Course in Meat)
For a unique and tasty Christmas gift, how about a Slow Food Masters course in Meat?
With three classes taking place on 15th, 22nd and 28th January, 2013, the Master in Meat course is being led by Giancarlo Russo. For more information visit the Slowfood.it site.
Prices are 100 euro for member (or 90 euro for under 30s), and 125 euro for non-members including membership (100 for under 30s). Registration by 6th January can be done via master@slowfoodﬁrenze.it or phoning +39 348 0451120.
To learn to make delicious, typical Italian recipes before indulging in a delicious meal made by you, we have hands-on cooking classes in Florence and Cooking Classes in a Tuscan Villa.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out Artviva Walking Tours website for details of our new Food Tour!
Enjoy tastings of traditional Tuscany products at Tuscan villa estates owned by historic Tuscan families on the Taste of Tuscany wine tour. Walk through the Tuscan countryside and visit a famous Tuscan villa on the Perfect Morning in Tuscany small-group walking tour. Expand your Tuscan horizons on the small-group Best of Tuscany tour visiting Siena, San Gimignano and Monteriggioni too, including lunch and wine tasting at an award-winning wine estate.
To explore other areas of Italy, can check out our Artviva Walking Tours website to read more about the tours we have to offer in Florence, Rome, Venice, Cinque Terre, Umbria, Naples, Pompeii and more.