Piedmontese hazelnut protagonist at the Castellero fair

Lhe fair “Città della Nocciola”, the tastiest event of autumn, returns to animate Castellero (At), bringing the Trilobata Piedmont Hazelnut back to the streets of the town, an excellence of Monferrato and a symbolic product of the village. The Fair celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and does so with an even richer four-day program: Market Exhibition, initiatives for industry experts and children, street food, walks, thematic tastings and many other activities.

On Thursday 6 October, at 3.00 pm, the traditional Corilicola Agricultural Mechanization Fair will be held with an exhibition of vehicles, tractors and equipment used in the corilic sector with demonstration activities. Tests in the field and to follow a technical update meeting, to discover the news of the sector.

Friday 7, at 2.00 pm, will be the time of the highly anticipated Resa della Nocciola, the competition reserved for growers, who will compete on the quality of their product. The hazelnuts will be evaluated by a jury of expert members of the “Confraternita della Tonda Gentile di Langa” of Cortemilia. The award ceremony will be held on Sunday 9. The evening will continue with appetizers and pizzas cooked in a wood oven by the Pro Loco, to be enjoyed in the company of excellent music.

Saturday 8, the weekend kicks off in the name of Outdoor, with two excursions proposed for the day. At 3.00 pm the Walk on the Hazelnut Trail will start, open to all, to discover the Trilobata and its territory led by the NoccioMamme group and the information boards located along the route. Walkers will be able to refresh themselves with a final snack at the Azienda Agrival, which produces delicious hazelnut specialties, both sweet and savory.

During the day, nature will become child-friendly with the activities proposed by the Lago Stella Association: a pleasant walk with a picnic in the middle of the green with food baskets, in the company of friendly donkeys, along the Otto Basso Monferrato path. of Food will be able to participate in the special “Twinning between Hazelnuts and Cheeses” with the Tasting organized by Irma Brizi, director of the National Association of the City of Hazelnuts, and Onaf experts; to follow, conclusion in sweetness with the Comparative Tasting between different Artisan Hazelnut Creams. At 9.00 pm review of popular dialect theater with the Company “I Fafiuchè di Silvana” who will present the parody of the film Franchestein Junior with their personal version “Er cit Pruss Martinsec”.

Sunday 9 will be the highlight of the event. From 9.00 am the Agricultural Mechanization Fair will reopen and the Market Exhibition will be inaugurated, with stalls of typical food and wine, crafts, ancient crafts and bricolage. At 10.30 on the occasion of the 40 candles of the fair, it will open with a special greeting from the Mayor Roberto Campia, his speech is dedicated to the evolution of the coriliculture activity in the Castellero area over the last 25 years.

the Piedmontese hazelnut protagonist at the fair

Followed by an unmissable appointment, with the expert in the art of baking Fulvio Marino who will present his latest editorial work. Regular and very popular guest on RAI 1 within the transmission conducted by Antonella Clerici “It’s always noon”. The official award ceremony of the winner of the “Surrender of Hazelnut 2022” will be held in the Redoglia hall and from 12.00 the Street Food will start with traditional dishes and snacks prepared by the farms of Campagna Amica and by the Pro Loco.

In the afternoon the exciting equestrian show by OCCHIOCONOCCHIO Asd and to follow “Baptism of the Saddle” for all the children present. Throughout the day entertainment in the NoccioBimbi area, with many games and hazelnut-themed activities; participants will be able to challenge themselves to the new board game “Nocciolandia”, a magical adventure between sweetness and riddles.

Along the road leading to the fair, “Open Painting Competition” dedicated to the Hazelnut, with the public present who will judge the canvases. A ranking will be drawn up for the final award ceremony based on the score obtained; fun guaranteed with the musical incursions of the “Donkey Stuzzica Band”. Throughout the day at the premises of the Municipality, Exhibition of Vintage Photos and Films “Our events, yesterday and today”: an evocative review, dedicated to the events organized in the village over the last twenty years.

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Piedmontese hazelnut protagonist at the Castellero fair