Sweet lands of Novi Ligure
Hello Incurable Travelers,
during the period spent in the Novese District, an interesting food and wine event took place, namely “Dolci terre di Novi (Sweet lands of Novi Ligure)”, an event, now in its twenty-second edition, created to promote the excellence of the territory.
“Sweet lands di Novi” is usually held annually in the exhibition center of Novi Ligure, in the complex adjacent to the Museum of the Campionissimi, which I already told you in the article: The Museum of the champions of Novi Ligure
The “Sweet lands of Novi Ligure” food and wine event brings together representatives of the agricultural, artisanal and commercial sectors. The route unfolds by grouping the various agri-food productions into homogeneous categories: Slow Food Presidia, cheeses and cured meats, earth products, sweets, wines and spirits, pasta factories.
There are about a hundred stalls where you can buy and taste typical products of the territory of Novara, such as Gavi Docg, white wine produced exclusively with Cortese vines, the focaccia novese that derives from the Genoese influence on the territory, tajarin and ravioli and the farinata, a delicious specialty of Ligurian origin, but thanks to the chickpeas of Merella De.Co. (municipal name) of Novi Ligure finds its consecration and deserves a few more lines.
We had dinner with the “Il Banco” farinata, in via Monte di Pietà, a prestigious venue for this specialty and which maintains the ancient recipe of the tógnu; but above all we have seen the preparation. The latter provides to put the chickpea flour in a container with water and salt and let it rest for 4 hours, then foamed and then stirred with a spatula, poured into the typical pan (téstu) and cooked in a very warm wood oven until it becomes the color of gold and with a crunchy “crust”; a sprinkling of pepper and here is a delight ready for tasting!
The chocolate in the area deserves a special mention, as Novi is home to large and small confectionery industries, from Pernigotti to Bodrato, but above all Novi. Very well known brand thanks to a famous advertisement that has managed to keep the tradition intact but that is not afraid to offer more innovative products such as the black line, extra dark with coffee grain is my favorite when I need a little ‘charge additional.
Definitely “Sweet lands of Novi” is an event that allows lovers of quality food products to find the excellence of the area concentrated in a single place and for us opportunity to expand our pantry with food and wine wonders that the area of Novese offers.
TECHNICAL SHEET CHAMPIONSHIP MUSEUM – SWEET LANDS OF NOVI LIGURE
For more information:
District of the Novese
Distretto del Novese = www.distrettonovese.it
How to reach:
The nearest airport is Genoa airport which is about 42 km away, or the airports of Milan or Turin which are about 120 km away.
Highway A7 – exit serravalle write, then take the former highway no. 35, and the provincial road 161
In Gavi there is no train station, the nearest one is in Arquata Scrivia (about 8 km) then you have to take the bus.
Distances Rome 553 Km, Milan 104 Km, Venice 358 Km (source google maps)
Recommended period: All year round.