The Parma Ham Festival is in progress and until 20th September will involve Parma and its province.
This year too, 15 days entirely dedicated to Parma Ham. Many favourites from past years and also many interesting and tasty new elements for the 18th year of the Festival.
The programme of initiatives
Parma and all the municipalities of the province will provide visitors with a variegated programme of initiatives that will range from tastings to cultural events, from music shows to nature tours and lots more!
As ever, the great protagonist is Parma Ham thanks to a series of initiatives that will further valorise its precious characteristics that have always been prized and recognised throughout the world.
The first one remains Open Doors, the principal event of the festival that attracts a large public of enthusiasts each year: the producers will open the doors of the ham factories to guide visitors towards discovering the secrets of the production process and breathing the fragrances of the Parma Ham “cathedrals”.
There will be many chances to taste Parma Ham in the many prosciutterie (ham shops) present in the squares of the municipalities taking part in the initiative and in Amici del Festival restaurants that will offer special menus and theme gastronomic proposals.
The Museo del Prosciutto e dei Salumi of Parma also awaits you in the ancient Foro Boario of Langhirano. After the visit, it will be possible to taste Parma Ham matured for different lengths of time.
This year, ample space is reserved for the Parma Ham producers.
During the first weekend in Langhirano, a vast area, the Cittadella del Prosciutto di Parma, was dedicated to experts and producers for guided tastings, combinations with various types of bread and wine, and taste workshops. Visitors were able to meet the producers present with their own stands in the streets of the town centre.
This year, the Festival is enriched by the I Ham Parma project planned by the Parma Ham Consortium that will involve the bars and restaurants of Parma and its province during the days of the festival that will offer Parma Ham in new versions. All the recipes will be protagonists of a tasty competition available on the site www.ihamparma.com that will directly involve consumers.
Another interesting initiative is Prosciutto in vigna: ten wineries located around the Torrechiara Castle will be open to the public to celebrate the happy marriage between the Vini dei Colli (wines of the Parma hills) and Parma Ham.
As usual, there will also be the Parma Ham Bistro in Parma. Here, every day, it is possible to taste Parma Ham and enjoy the centre’s attractions from a privileged and picturesque position. Many initiatives are planned from 5th to 13th September that will have Parma Ham as the absolute protagonist.
Then the Festival is also lots of music, initiatives in contact with nature, art and culture.
A backdrop to the Festival will be the many artistic attractions of the region such as for example the Fondazione Magnani Rocca, the Romanesque parish church of San Biagio in Talignano, the Rocca S. Vitale fortress of Sala Baganza, the parish church of Collecchio of San Pietro, the San Basilide Abbey of Lesignano, the splendid museum circuit of Neviano, the Pallavicino Castle of Varano de’ Melegari and the Torrechiara Castle, and many more besides.
A new website
This year’s new element is the Festival’s fully renewed website www.festivaldelprosciuttodiparma.com
New graphical layout and a captivating identity that is modern and easy to use. But the Festival is also on social networks.
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