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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.


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




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.




This cute little man was serving a delicious Balsamico on a hunk of cheese

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.

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.



Comments (4)


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


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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