Cheese 2023, in Bra and Pollenzo.

A quick guide to the event locations.

Bra

If you’re familiar with Bra, you know that visiting Cheese is best done on foot, with countless experiences all within walking distance of each other.

Piazza Carlo Alberto, Piazza Roma, Via Principi di Piemonte and Marconi, Piazza Spreitenbach – The Market, Via degli Affinatori, Via dei Presìdi

Since its inception in 1997, the main event at Cheese has always been there in the name. And there’s no better way to get to know the cheeses on sale than by chatting with the people who created and nurtured these marvelous creations: herders, cheesemakers, and affineurs. The market stalls are spread across various points in the town’s historic center, all within walking distance.

Want to discover all the exhibitors at the Market?

The affineurs are, as always, in Piazza Roma, right across from the train station.

Herders and cheesemakers can be found in the nearby Piazza Carlo Alberto and Piazza Spreitenbach. The path that connects these exhibition areas offers another unmissable journey through Slow Food Presidia, between Via Principi di Piemonte and Cortile delle scuole maschili (now the Rita Levi Montalcini elementary school). Here visitors can discover the cheeses protected by Slow Food (as well as a fine selection of natural cured meats).

Cortile delle Maschili, Via della Mendicità Istruita, and… wandering around Bra – Biodiversity House, Slow Food Spaces, the interactive path “The Taste of the Meadows”

The Biodiversity House is in the Cortile delle Scuole Maschili. This is where conferences on the hottest topics in the dairy world take place, along with guided tastings led by experts and producers, and evening film screenings that broaden horizons and shed light on the experiences of countless small-scale heroes working towards a better planet.

Adjacent to Biodiversity House, in Piazzetta Valfrè di Bonzo (formerly the Poultry Market), you’ll find “The Taste of the Meadows” exhibition dedicated to the theme of Cheese 2023. Through various stages, we explore the significance of meadows for pollinators, birds, ruminants, and biodiversity. We also discover how the different alpine herbs and essences give rise to incredibly enticing and nutritionally wholesome products.

However, let’s remember that Slow Food doesn’t only work on the meadows! To learn more about Slow Food and support the projects that the association carries out worldwide, of which Cheese is one of the most beautiful showcases, there’s nothing better than stopping by the association stands in Cortile delle Maschili and via della Mendicità Istruita 14, the historic international headquarters of Slow Food. Next to the association stand in the Cortile delle Maschili, the Slow Food Coffee Coalition space is dedicated to the international network that brings together all participants involved in the coffee supply chain: from producers to roasters, all the way to the consumer.

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Street kitchens, food trucks, craft breweries, Grand Cheese Hall, and Enoteca

Whether it’s lunch, dinner, or a snack, there are lots of place to find something to eat and drink at our street kitchens, food trucks, and craft breweries. This year they’ll be in Piazza Carlo Alberto, Piazza Spreitenbach, and Cortile delle Maschili from 11 am to 11 pm (and until 8:30 pm on Monday, September 18).

For those who prefer wine over beer, there’s no need to despair. Under the arches of Via Garibaldi is the Enoteca. Patrons have an abundance of choices as the Wine Bank has selected 400 labels for them, including a rich representation of Piedmont wines reviewed in the Slow Wine Guide 2023 and wines from producers who are part of the Slow Wine Coalition. You can also find a fine selection of Triple A wines and labels from the Franciacorta Consortium, as well as a wide selection of Vermouth di Torino.

To ensure everyone enjoys the best possible experience, the wines (served by the glass) are divided into different price ranges, and Fisar sommeliers are available to recommend pairings with the Italian and international cheeses offered in the Great Hall of cheese. In this regard, each day offers a selection of four different small cheese platters designed as captivating journeys through breeds, types, pastures, and meadows, featuring Italian and international Presidia from France, Spain, and Portugal.

Piazza XX Settembre, the Courtyard of the Maschili, Piazza Spreitenbach, Piazza Carlo Alberto – Partner Square and Institutional Stands

Representatives from various corners of Italy gather in Bra as regional institutions showcase their historical PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) products and present their current projects.

From Piedmont to Sicily, Friuli Venezia Giulia to Puglia, via Sardinia, Abruzzo, Marche and more, visitors can explore the mountains and pastures of the country; so diverse, yet united by their commitment to good, clean, and fair food.

Piazza XX Settembre hosts the partner stands of Cheese – here you can find BBBell, eViso Parmigiano Reggiano, Pastificio di Martino, QBA (BPer occupies a space on Via Principi di Piemonte as usual, while Confartigianato Cuneo is located in Piazza Carlo Alberto), each ready to contribute to the Cheese project and the food vision supported by Slow Food.

Don’t miss the events organized by the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Piazza Spreitenbach.

Istituto Professionale Statale Velso Mucci – The Taste Workshops

As tradition dictates, the classrooms of Velso Mucci in Bra host the Taste Workshops during Cheese, dedicated to Italian and international cheeses, the proposals of the Cooks’ Alliance chefs, and the world of affineurs.

Pollenzo

The journey through Cheese continues just six kilometers away from Bra in Pollenzo, which represents the other major hub of activities for Cheese 2023. With the Taste Workshops dedicated to wine and cheese pairings at the Wine Bank and the Dining Events at the Garden Restaurant of Albergo dell’Agenzia, Pollenzo offers a rich program. Additionally, visitors have the opportunity to explore the University of Gastronomic Sciences.

Special shuttles connect the two main locations of the event, allowing everyone to enjoy a diverse itinerary while easily moving around and avoiding private automobiles.

Cheese 2023 is organized by Slow Food and the City of Bra from September 15-18. See you there! #Cheese2023

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