It’s a reference point in the agricultural world and at the same time it’s considered a big local festival for everybody: this is the historical “Millennial Fair”. A festival created to promote the richness of Mantua food and agriculture among a wide public, as well as to raise awareness about one of the most diverse agicultural realities in Italy, made of several high quality productions that cover a geographical area unique for its wide biodiversity.
The event has been held for more than 500 years in Mantua, precisely in Gonzaga, the ancient village, home of Gonzaga family.
The 2017 edition will take place from September the 2nd to the 10th, in a space of 120.000 square metres, with 50.000 m2 of parking lots and with more than 500 exhibitors, 300 of which from Lombardia.
The edition 2016 brought in the city more than 95.000 visitors.
Over the last years, the organisers of “Millennial Fair” have introduced a new project within the historical event, called “Mantova Golosa” that aims to give value the Mantua food and wine culture. The new project, during September 2016, has been able to turn the public’s interest on about Mantua territory, its products and its excellences with events, cooking shows, cooking classes with famous chefs, dinners, educational meeting with producers, and wine, cured meat, cheese tastings, all strictly “made in Mantua”.
“Mantova Golosa” expands within different activities, even outside of Mantua province and over the event days, with the aim of spreading and promoting the big wine and food heritage of Mantua territory.
QUALITY will be the keyword and the leit-motif of this year edition, and it will bring together all the food events of the festival: quality of crops, products, processes, and controls, in order to offer visitors/consumers the widest knowledge about the food and wine richness of the area. There will be four different meeting points set up to host more than 150 cooking events.
Area Events (Pad 0): Show stage where the public can enjoy the whole process of making and preserving products. Many chefs will perform: Simone Rugiati (Tuesday, September the 5th) will show some exclusive recipes created for the event, using at the same time the PDO Mantua cheeses, Grana Padano and Parmigiano Reggiano. Beatrice Ronconi and Rubina Rovini (Masterchef Italia participants) will deal with the local Mantua flours, Lombardy meat and the Mantua Melon PGI. There will be also chefs from “Le vie del Riso e del Tartufo” (the streets of the Rice and the Truffle) and some other local representatives, such as pasta master Alessandro Aldrovandi and baking master Marino Tanfoglio.
Area “Taste Journeys” (Pad 0): this space has been created for a conscious street food, with food and wine journeys guided by the producers who will accompany the visitors by tastings, tips and anecdotes on the history, art and culture. In this area, it will be possible to see the opening of the very first Grana Padano wheel from the Goito stable meadows (a complete organic production), tasting frittata made with barn eggs, discovering some of Mantua excellences, such as special cheese or innovative mustards, and also the art of curing meats by tasting some ancient cured meats.
Moreover, ONAV (National Organization of Wine Tasters) will guide the visitor across the local wines, with 40 labels both of Mantua Lambrusco and northern Mantua area’s wines.
Area “Why Organic”: a space dedicated to the organic world and the Manuta territory’s biodiveristy. There will be specific moments to know more about the ancient and alternative flours, such as hemp flour. There will be also cooking shows based on wild herbs, from the starter to the dessert, fresh pasta and organic desserts classes, organic and byodinamic educational meetings.
Area “Home Flavors” about how and what to cook at home. A space where i twill be possible to learn how to make perfectly at home fresh pasta, jams, pizza or giardiniera (Italian pickles), with easy tips to impress your guests by setting the table in a creative and catchy way. You will also learn what to cook with the Sunday’s leftovers or how to prepare a perfect snack or an aperitivo with your friends. Don’t miss the appointments with the local butcher to know more about roasting and sushi meat, or again to learn the basic rules of pastry or fresh pasta, and the home cooking without gluten.
Furthermore, in order to enrich even more the festival schedule, Sergio Sylvestre will join the Millennial Fair on Thursday September the 7th, in Piazza Grande.
A great event to celebrate good food, conviviality, and shows.
The Millennail Fair in Gonzaga (MN) and Mantova Golosa staff are waiting for you!
Phone 0376/58098 – Fax 0376/528153
Saturday September the 2nd from 5 until 11.30 p.m.
Sunday the 3rd, Saturday the 9th and Sunday the 10th from 9.30 a.m. until 11.30 p.m. Monday the 4th, Tuesday the 5th, Wendnesday the 6th, Thursday the 7th from 5 to 11.30 p.m.
Friday the 8th from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. (free entrance for the outside spaces) and from 5 to 11.30 p.m.
Full price: € 8 on September the 2nd, the 3rd, the 8th, the 9th and the 10th
Discount price: € 6 on September the 4th, the 5th, the 6th and the 7th
Junior from 12–17 € 3
Free entrance until 12 years