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Italian first course dishes festival: I Primi d’Italia

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Every year, since 1999, a festival dedicated to first course dishes has been organised, in a region that knows a lot in terms of taste and cuisine: Umbria. I Primi d’Italia is back in Foligno from the 28th of September to the 1st of October, for four days dedicated to the culture of first course dishes.

A unique event on the national scene, involving great chefs, producers, critics, enthusiasts, journalists and of course the general public of consumers.
The protagonists of the most appetizing culinary marathon in Italy are rice, polenta, gnocchi, soups, but above all the queen of Italian first courses: Pasta.

The idea of Epta Confocommercio Umbria, the organizer of the event, is just to enhance the most typical dish of the Italian culinary tradition, symbol of the good and healthy Mediterranean diet.
The latest editions had a resounding success, thanks to the involvement of about 200 companies, 80 chefs with more than 450 recipes, for a total of 180,000 visitors.

Thanks to this resonance, the initiative has been able to broaden its horizons. In fact, President Aldo Amoni was invited to present it at the Metropolitan Market in London, which in turn will be present in Umbria for the event.
The festival is divided into thematic Villages (Village of Amatriciana, of Gluten Free food, of Truffle and so on), located in the Taverne della Quintana (Taverns of the Quintain) and in some of the main squares of Foligno, where it will be possible to taste typical products and first course dishes prepared by great chefs, such as Gianfranco Vissani.

Then other attractions will be set up: cooking shows, culinary performances in an open-air kitchen; cooking classes under the guidance of famous chefs; seminars with the aim to analyse important aspects of nutrition, but there will be also moments for shows and entertainment.
Foligno gets lively to host the 19th edition of I Primi d’Italia, and can’t miss it!

Opening hours of the villages:
Thursday 28th – from 4pm to 11pm
Friday 29th – from 4pm to 11pm
Saturday 30th – from 10am to 11pm
Sunday 1st – from 10am to 10pm

Continuous food tastings – €3.00
First courses menu – €8.00

For further information about opening hours and prices of the other attractions you can check the programme on the website of the event.

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Article written by: E. Mencarelli