Monthly Archives: February 2014

February 12th: “La Preda” Olive oil in Filattiera

I’m really looking forward to the olive oil competition in Filattiera on Sunday. It is an annual competition that anyone (even me with my tiny grove!) can enter. You just have to send in a sample by Saturday!

And while I’m not expecting any gold awards to come my way I’m looking forward to the event; there will be tasters which usually means I won’t be far behind (remember the chocolate festival?!) And the opportunity to buy direct from the producers which always gives me a good feeling; a combination of not contributing to carbon heavy air miles and having an idea of who worked for what is now on my plate.


10th February: Piazza delle Erbe in Carrara

One of the first things people think of when they think of Italy is food. And rightly so, especially around here; olive groves, vineyards, tomatoes, cheese, pesto. Tuscany is the place. The moment where I really come to realise this is at the Herb Market in Carrara. On the first Saturday of the month producers from the local area sell their wares. And because it is direct from the producer they are able to answer any questions you might have about the products. I went on the 1st and an still living off the delicious salami I bought there!