This just in from my friend and colleague Carla Ranicki who’s working at the Salone del Gusto in Turin today.
Thursday at Salone del Gusto is always fairly calm, with everyone gearing up for the huge crowds that will pack into Turin’s Lingotto exhibition center over the weekend.
The buzzwords this year are sustainability and education, with separate trash cans for paper, compost, plastic, etc. prominently placed next to displays about the importance of reusing leftover food, and lots of posterboards promoting the new eco-friendly Salone and exhorting consumers not to buy strawberries in December.
But ultimately it was still all about an excess of every possible kind of food and drink from all over the world, with everything on offer from raw fish at the Japanese stand to raw reindeer at the Norwegian restaurant next door.
The unusual cheeses of Marayn de Bartassac from Gascony were proving very popular, while the extravagant display from the Prosciutto di San Daniele consortium looked like some kind of conceptual art installation.
Photos by Carla Ranicki. Thanks Carla!