Fior di Cacio 2018 – Vallo di Nera e le verdi terre del Pecorino
Jun 05 2018

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June 9th and 10th: two days dedicated to Valnerina cheese. Through laboratories and tastings, the “Land of tales and flavours” is reborn.

The fortified village of Vallo di Nera, with its ring roads and steep climbs, is the perfect setting for the “Fior di Cacio”, Umbrian cheese festival, which has reached its sixteenth edition this year. The absolute champion of this gastro-cultural event, which every year inaugurates the summer of the green heart of Italy, is Valnerina cheese, rigorously made from raw milk.

There will be about 60 producers meeting in Vallo di Nera. On their stalls there will be different types of typical Umbrian cheese, from fresh pecorino to aged flavoured ones.

The opportunity that is offered to adventurers who decide to walk the streets of this small village is to enjoy the best of Umbria: walk the streets of cheese, discover the typical products of the area, while remaining within the walls of Vallo di Nera.

Events not to be missed

“Fior di Cacio” is not just a showcase for the delicious Umbrian cheese but also a great market exhibition, accompanied by excursions, interactive workshops for adults and children, music and folk song presentations. In addition to “Le vie del Cacio” – the exhibition of cheese that will animate the streets and cellars of Vallo di Nera from 10 am to 8.30 pm- there are some very special events in the rich schedule:

Saturday 9 June

– 10.15 am – 12.30 pm, former convent of Santa Maria
“The districts of food, new tools to enhance the territory” A meeting between local institutions and small businesses where we will discuss together the role played by the gastronomic district in the revival of tourism and the local economy

– 12.30pm
Inauguration of the Exhibition Market and of the photographic exhibition on the women in sheep farming

– 3.30 pm
Guided walk from Scheggino to Vallo di Nera along the Valnerina Greenway (Registration fee: 5 €)

– 4.00pm – 7.00pm
“Formaggissima in 3P: Prosciuto, Pane, Pecorino”. Ham, Bread and Pecorino in a tasting march with a stop-over at each tasting stall.

– 17.00
The paths of the Transhumance: ricotta of Meggiano. Guided tour with tastings in Meggiano and Piedilacosta, transport by shuttle bus from Vallo di Nera

– 5.30 pm, 8.30 pm, Former convent of Santa Maria
The thousand marriages of cheese. Educational tastings of cheese “married” to wine, beer, truffle and jam

Sunday 10 June

– 10.00 am, Piazzale Pianillo – Fantucci
Fantucci: Guided excursion to discover … Eremo di Sant’Antonio and San Felice Abbey

– 10.30am – 12.30pm and 3.00pm-7.00pm
“Formaggissima in 3P: Prosciuto, Pane, Pecorino”. Ham, Bread and Pecorino in a tasting march with a stop-over at each tasting stall.

– 12.00 am, 7.00 pm, 8.30 pm, Former convent of Santa Maria
The thousand marriages of cheese. Educational tastings of cheese “married” to wine, beer, truffle and jam

– 3.30 pm, Piazza Santa Maria
Regeneration Trek 6 km along the Nera river

– 6.00 pm, Piazza Santa Maria
The maxi ricotta of Fior di Cacio

 

Restarting from the Apennines and our roots

As Agnese Bendetti (mayor of Vallo di Nera) reminded us sheep farming is one of the key activities of Valnerina, a lifeblood for the economy of the area recovering from the earthquake but also a presidium of traditions and flavours of the past, which can be safeguarded and handed down thanks to events like “Fior di Cacio”.

The event started in 2003 with this intent: to make the particular dairy production of Umbria known, to show the general public quality food consumed at zero-mileage, to make recognizable the name “Cheese of Valnerina” on the market and to support the shepherds who are the custodians of the ancient art of cheese making. After the earthquake, these messages certainly need to be transmitted and reaffirmed. “Fior di Cacio” seems like an excellent starting point for reviving the jewels of the Apennines, whether they are small towns immersed in greenery or gastronomic delights.

Vallo di Nera: green valleys and white cheese

Vallo di Nera still looks the same today: a fortified castle surrounded by the hills of lower Umbria. If Urbino is called by Baldassare Castiglione “a city in the form of a palace”, this village can be called a “castle town”. It takes its shape from narrow alleys, stone houses and Romanesque churches: a set of architectural elements that are almost entirely lost and should be something one wishes to take photos of. Observing it from a distance, the most characteristic elements of Vallo di Nera are surely the tower houses, which are accompanied by a taller tower that stands out on one side of town. The past in this small village lives not only in its arches and subways but also in the Casa dei Racconti, a research centre that collects traditions, anecdotes, songs handed down until a few years ago orally by shepherds.

You can visit the nearby small towns: Piedilacosta, Piedipaterno and Paterno, Geppa and Meggiano, or embark on a spiritual journey and visit the Madonna della Stella Sanctuary, the Franciscan Hermitage of Monteluco or the Abbey of San Felice (already scheduled as a stop on one of the “Fior di Cacio” excursions).

If you are more interested in gastronomic routes or you cannot go to Vallo di Nera this weekend, we recommend to visit some of our cheese producers from the area (included in the official guide of raw milk cheese: “La Valnerina dei Formaggi”. Thanks to their hospitality and the goodness of their work you experience the flavours and atmosphere of the past …

Azienda Agricola De Carolis, Cascia

Azienda Agricola Rossi Rita, Cascia

Azienda Agricola Sandra Barcaroli, Cascia

Azienda Agricola Massimiani Felice, Sellano

Le terre di Quarantotti, Norcia

 

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