More than Lamborghini Tractors – Teramo Agriculture Fair

Turkey Abruzzo styleWe went to Teramo’s 25th annual Agricultural fair (fiera dell’agricoltura) believing it would be a treat for my little boy, as it was sure to have a great collection of tractors available for a 19 month old to “ooh” and “arh” that he could clamber over and prod.  I’d thought it would be something like a UK Country Fair, an event I actually avoid like the plague! Indeed the tractor part was true, as bambino got to sit behind the wheel of his first red vintage Lamborghini…tractor of course! But outside petting corners, plenty of bunnies destined for the pot, there was also a foodie’s tasting heaven; out of the 200 exhibitors, 3/5 comprised an incredible array of local farmers’ products with stands from as afar as Puglia and Sardinia.

Puglia Olives

My favourites were a sweet prosciutto salami and rediscovering Fracassa who I had met and whose card I had lost at the annual Gessopalena Cheese Fair in September, a must attend for those in Abruzzo late summer.

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo salami

Fracassa’s amazing range of  delicious salamis and cured meats includes some which are cured in Montepulciano d’Abruzzo ‘must’, inheriting the dark intense colours from its bath in our favourite drinkable summer fruits.   With an emphasis on natural, honey is used as the anti-oxidant in their salami and their rather divine sweet and nutty pecorino is matured in a  bran crust which absorbs the moisture from the cheese whilst allowing it to breathe.  You can visit them for tastings , they have a restaurant too so that’s on my list next time I am close to  Sant’Egidio alla Vibrata; for non-Italian speakers don’t be put off they do speak English ( their website is ecommerce , hurray!).   I bought their silky cream of pecorino with truffle to add as a very simple sauce  to pasta.

Bran crusted Pecorino© Photography by
Further Reading
Check the Teramo Comune site for dates of the fair, it is normally the last week of March or 1st week of April.
Fracassa official website

Sam Dunham
Author: Sam Dunham

Sam is a very lucky midlife 'mamma' to A who is 12 and juggles her work as a self-employed freelance SEO food and travel copywriter and EFL teacher. She is the founder of the Life In Abruzzo Cultural Association, co-founder of Let's Blog Abruzzo. she is the founder of the 'English in the Woods' initiative, teaching English outdoors in a forest style school.

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Majella Home Cooking
8 April 2013 00:51

Sounds beautiful, Sammy! I would love to taste some of Fracassa's products.

8 April 2013 09:34

I am going to see if they will come to Let's Blog Abruzzo, fingers crossed!

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