To fully understand the intrinsic value of the meadows and their products, we embark on a sensory journey called The Taste of the Meadows in Piazzetta Valfrè di Bonzo.

This is a place where you can engage your senses, immerse yourself in the scents, sounds, flavors, and textures of these landscapes. Let’s savor the full flavor of the meadows!

The Taste of the Meadows: A Journey in Stages

Animals and the Environment

What does a meadow represent? What role do these ecosystems play for animal species?

How do cows, sheep, and goats graze? And how do pollinating insects, with the opportunity to gather from various plant species, coexist within these environments? What is the relationship between meadows and bird species? There is a whole group of birds – quails, quail kings, larks, pipits, corncrakes, and meadow pipits – that have specialized in living in meadows.

What do these ecosystems represent for biodiversity, soil fertility, and climate change mitigation? Meadows efficiently transfer atmospheric CO2 to the soil and roots. The soil is the largest terrestrial carbon reservoir, containing approximately three times the carbon content of the atmosphere.

The Taste of the Meadows – Note for Visitors

The sensory journey can be enjoyed by adults and young people aged 9 and above. Due to the topics covered and their development, it may be less suitable for young children who may not fully grasp its meaning.

From the Taste to the Knowledge of Meadows: Cheeses, Honeys, People

What do meadows and pastures represent for the taste of cheeses, honeys, milks, and other products? Can you discern the differences between the complex flavor of a cheese produced on summer pastures and an industrial cheese made from milk from animals fed a diet of maize silage?

And finally… Do you know what meadows and pastures mean to local economies, herders, farmers, and beekeepers who, through their work, take care of these precious ecosystems? We often refer to them as ancient professions, but they are as contemporary as can be. By better managing meadows, new economic opportunities can be created for marginal upland territories, revitalizing the highlands.

Herbs and Alpine Essences as Protagonists

A journey titled “The Taste of the Meadows” cannot overlook the starring role of herbs and alpine essences, and it is here that our senses take flight!

Close your eyes and inhale the scent of hay from different cuts originating from various geographic areas. We will help you grasp the differences between alpine herbs and those from Sardinian or Abruzzo pastures, and then explore the aromas from beyond the Alps or herbs that grow in warmer countries.

We take you on a voyage through the variety of the plant world, with all its beauty, its richness, and its delicacy.

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

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