Cheese 2019 in Bra and beyond

Every two years in September, Cheese completely takes over the town of Bra, in Piedmont, Northwest Italy, as well as Pollenzo, the nearby town where the University of Gastronomic Sciences is located.

BRA

If you’ve been to Bra during Cheese before you’ll know there’s only one way to travel: on foot. You can see, hear and do everything on offer within a radius of just over a kilometer.

Via della Mendicità Istruita – Casa Slow Food

Slow Food welcomes you to our house in Via della Mendicità Istruita. It’s here, at number 14, that you’ll find the historic headquarters of the Association, which this year celebrates 30 years since the signing of the Slow Food Manifesto. On a road punctuated by the snail logo, Casa Slow Food is the space reserved for welcoming our members new and old, where you can get all the information you need to make the most of Cheese 2019.

Via Vittorio – The Dairy Chain

The Dairy Chain is an interactive area dedicated to playing and learning, designed for visitors of all ages. Here we’ll discover the differences between natural cheeses and industrial productions. From grasses to animal welfare, from milks to crafts: these two worlds are light years apart!

Piazza Carlo Alberto, Piazza Roma and Via Audisio – The Italian and International Market, and Affineur Alley

Producers of cheese and other delicacies bring their finest creations to the Cheese Market – cheeses of every size, shape and texture, as well as honeys, preserves, mustards… The cheese on sale is made exclusively with raw milk, and producers of natural cheese, i.e. without the use of selected starters, will be specially signed. Beyond the producers, you’ll meet the artisans of Affineur Alley, where old favorites and new faces present the best of their maturing rooms.

Via Principi di Piemonte and Via Marconi – Slow Food Presidia and the CRB Auditorium

One of the most visited sections of Cheese, the Presidia Street hosts producers who are part of the Slow Food network to protect traditional techniques, native breeds, artisanal products and rural landscapes, with familiar faces and some exciting new entries from Italy and other countries. A few steps away, in Via Sarti 8, the CRB Auditorium hosts the Natural is Possible conferences regarding the production of cheese, charcuterie and bread without artificial ferments.

Via Marconi – Natural bread and charcuterie

The last section of Via Marconi contains a new area for 2019, dedicated to producers of natural bread and charcuterie. The debate around naturalness goes beyond dairy products, and Slow Food champions producers and products that represent true artisanship and dedication to traditional crafts.

Scuole Maschili Courtyard and Piazzetta Valfrè di Bonzo (Mercato dei polli / Chicken market) – Biodiversity house, the space dedicated to small-scale and family-run companies, Pizza bread and pastry forge, Street kitchens, Regional Kiosks, Free Butter House

In Piazzetta Valfrè di Bonzo the space dedicated to small-scale and family-run companies who produce cheeses without selected starter cultures or with self-produced starters. Our Biodiversity House has a rich program of activities open to all. The Pizza, Bread and Pastry Forge returns, organized in partnership with Agugiaro&Figna Molini, dedicated to pizzaioli, pastry chefs and bakers. The Scuole Maschili Courtyard also hosts some of the Street Kitchens with their delicious gastronomic offerings, the Regional Kiosks and the Free Butter House, in partnership with Inalpi.

Covered market in Corso Garibaldi – Great Hall of Cheese and Enoteca

The Great Hall of Cheese is the festival’s wonder-room, with over 100 foreign cheeses from France, Spain, Portugal, the UK, Ireland and beyond, including cheeses from Slow Food Presidia and other curiosities, which you can pair with 600 wine labels available in the Enoteca, as selected by the Wine Bank in Pollenzo and the sommeliers of Fisar. A place of honor is reserved for natural products: cheese made without industrial starters, wine without sulfites, as well as charcuterie without nitrites or nitrates.

Piazza XX settembre – Partner stands, the Taste Library of Slow Food Editore, the University of Gastronomic Sciences Stand and Gelato Square

Meet our Partners and take part in their events, get the latest publications from Slow Food Editore and get involved in the numerous activities and workshops organized by the students and teachers of the University of Gastronomic Sciences. And if you want to taste “real” ice cream, the Gelato Square is the place to find out how the good stuff is made, starting, of course, with high-quality milk.

Piazza Spreitenbach – Street Kitchens, Food truck, Beer Square and High Ground

Thanks to the presence of the Street Kitchens, Food Trucks and the Beer Square you can go wild pairing the finest Italian street food with top quality craft beer. Meanwhile, in the High Ground stand of the Piedmont Region we focus on the mountains and hills as a space for living, sustainable agriculture, capable of providing hope and livelihood, and as a destination for a new, respectful tourism which seeks authentic contact with high-altitude communities.

Cinema Vittorio and Cinema Impero

For lovers of the silver screen, Cheese on the Screen is a program of films and documentaries presented in collaboration with Bra’s two cinemas, and dedicated to sustainable agriculture, battles to safeguard the environment and artisanal dairy productions.

IPC Velso Mucci e Liceo G. Giolitti – G.B. Gandino – Taste Workshops

As is tradition, the rooms of Bra’s schools host our Taste Workshops dedicated to cheeses from Italy and beyond.

IN POLLENZO

Pollenzo, six kilometers from Bra, is the other main hub of Cheese 2019. Here, Taste Workshops dedicated to pairing cheese and wine are held at the Wine Bank and the Dinner Dates are held in the Ristorante Garden of the Albergo dell’Agenzia and at the Academic Tables.

A special shuttle service will take you from Bra to Pollenzo and back, so you can create your own program and move around easily without using a car.