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Alba - To Bra for Cheese!

One of our main sightseeing goals was to attend the bi-annual Slow Food Cheese Festival in Bra.

I checked out their website for parking options, and they said that the best way to get there was by train, with the festival only a couple of blocks from the train station. I thought that was terrific - I could drink a little wine and not have to worry about driving back to Alba in the rain.

There was a nice parking structure at the train station in Alba, so we parked there and hopped on the train for the 20-minute ride to Bra.

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We could see the festival tents about a block away - a LOT of tents!

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I have never seen so much cheese in my whole life! Every kind of cheese you can think of (and some you wouldn't think of) from countries around the world.

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This cute little man was serving a delicious Balsamico on a hunk of cheese
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It was actually kind of overwhelming. If I were to go to Cheese again, I would have a better plan on what to taste. And also plan to do a couple of the organized seminars.

We spent about three hours there tasting cheeses and drinking a little wine before we took the train back to Alba. It had started to rain a little bit by then, so we just had a light dinner in the lobby of Hotel Langhe.

While we were waiting for the train in Bra, we noticed an apartment building with this little kitty sitting in the window.
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We bought hunks of two cheeses (Emmentaler from Switzerland and Geitost from Norway), along with a plate of various French Goat Cheeses, so we had something to snack on for a couple of days.

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Comments (4)

sandrac:

Here's a painfully ignorant question: what is the cheese in the last photo, that looks almost like a chocolate semifreddo?

nancyhol:

Not ignorant at all, Sandra. I had to look up the cheese to find out what it was - Geitost, which I have a link shown from Wikipedia.

It is usually served on open-faced sandwiches.

It must have been amazing seeing so much cheese! Chiocciola blogged about a brown cheese from Norway also (different cheese). Interesting.

Aw, all the cheese! Lovely!

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