Gemona, Cheese… and Surroundings – Gemona del Friuli
November 2021, cheese festival and market.
Gemona, cheese… and surroundings (in Italian: “Gemona, formaggio… e dintorni”) is an exhibition-market, now in its 21st edition, of traditional Gemonese dairy products. It takes place in the town centre of Gemona del Friuli, in the Province of Udine, in November 2021, in the warm Indian Summer (known in Italy as “San Martino Summer“) days.
The dairy tradition of this corner of Friuli Venezia Giulia has been described as the “perfect mix of economy and territory”.
Latteria di Campolessi, one of the three dairies in Gemona, is one of the few “latterie turnarie” still operating in Friuli. The long-standing “turnaria” system determines that the milk produced by families has to be paid for in cheese, and not money. Because of its production model and the rigid discipline that members must abide by to mantain the cheese’s excellence, Campolessi Dairy is a Slow Food Presidium.
In addition to Friulian products, other Italian regions and neighboring countries (Marche, Apulia, Calabria, Sardinia, Carinthia, Slovenia and more) exhibit their goods. The Stura Valley‘s Pastoralism Ecomuseum also presents its products, as well as its traditional music.
Events include the Regional Dairy Cattle Exhibition and the Regional Raw Milk Cheese Competition, prizes for young farmers and dairies, seminars and presentations.
Visitors can also enjoy plenty of gourmet stalls, music, and entertainment for kids, because “Gemona, cheese… and surroundings” is a celebration for everyone.
(Photo: FVG Tourism’s official website)