The Parma Ham Festival
To be held from 7 to 16 September 2012, the XV edition of the Parma Ham Festival, a major event in and around Parma to get to know and try the very best ham from Parma as well as appreciating the touristic and cultural beauties of the places.
“Finestre Aperte”(“Open Doors”) remains the most exciting moment of the festival thanks to its attractive power on visitors, whether they are experts or just enthusiasts. All the ham factories of the local area of production will be open to the public to give visitors the chance to see the production process and take part in free tastings.
Parma Ham Festival is also an occasion to visit the production areas and discover how the product is made: free visits will be organised to the ham factories of the municipalities involved, also by shuttle buses to discover how Parma Ham is made.
The producers will illustrate the production secrets of the pig legs that, due to a magical combination of climate, tradition and passion, become Parma Hams. An organized bus shuttle service will be available for tourists to take them to the companies taking part in the initiative.
One must is a visit to the Parma Ham and Deli Meats Museum, created in the heart of the ancient Cattle Market in Langhirano, another is to try Parma Ham accompanied by the best wines, which will be possible all over the territory.
Numerous initiatives will be enlivening the hills near Parma with dinners organised in villages, street theatre, stalls selling typical products, painting exhibitions, and moments of comic relief. Last of all, for the entire period of the Festival, there will be special menus in local restaurants and farm holiday centres.
There will be a full calendar of events: appointments with gastronomy, entertainment and culture. Sports activities, musical evenings, initiatives for children and much, much more.
The famous fair chose to tell everyone about the planned initiatives during the international food fair par excellence in order to catch a public of connoisseurs from all over the world, sensitive to good flavours and aromas, and at the same time to promote the indisputable qualities of Parma Ham.
The Parma Ham Festival, now in its 15th year, will again this year be coordinated by Fiere di Parma and proves to be an international showcase for a high quality Italian product with allied industries involving 160 producing companies, 5,000 pig farms and 3,000 employees for a total turnover of 1.5 billion euros.
The complete program of the Festival
The list of the plants you can visit
How to reach the Open Doors Ham Factories - bus schedules
The 13 Municipalities involved
The list of the Restaurants Partecipating in the Initiative
From 14 to 16 September "Parma Ham Bistro"
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View and download photos and videos of previous editions: