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The annual Gorgonzola Festival takes place each September in the Italian town of …you guessed it: Gorgonzola.

Called the Sagra Nazionale del Gorgonzola in Italian, the Gorgonzola Festival is now an annual event. Each year the town’s high street, Via Italia, and other areas of Gorgonzola come alive for three days in September to celebrate the cheese that bears its name.

The Gorgonzola Festival features Gorgonzola vendors with booths of mouth-watering cheese and freshly baked bread, all of which can be sampled by the visitor. There are also cheese making demonstrations and arts and crafts vendors.

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IF YOU GO: If you are visiting the Gorgonzola Festival you can get a pass, which allows you to get a free sample of some of the recipes being cooked in the booths. Getting to the Gorgonzola festival from Milan is easy. The town of Gorgonzola is so close to Milan that it’s on the Green Line (Line 2) of the Milan metro. If you’re a true foodie, consider extending your trip to visit the Alba White Truffle Festival, which takes place each year in October and November in Alba, Italy. It’s a short drive from Milan and well worth the trip.

Gorgonzola is one of the world’s oldest blue-veined cheeses. The Cheese is mainly produced in the northern Italian regions of Piedmont and Lombardy, Gorgonzola. Unskimmed cow’s milk is used while preparing the cheese. Generally it takes three to four months to attain full ripeness. This cheese has crumbly and soft texture with nutty aroma. It can have a mild to sharp taste depending on its age. Gorgonzola Dolce (also called Sweet Gorgonzola) and Gorgonzola Piccante (also called Gorgonzola Naturale, Gorgonzola Montagna, or Mountain Gorgonzola) are its two varieties, which vary in their age. Gorgonzola can be consumed in many ways. It is served with wines like Bordeaux Blend (Red), Zinfandel and Sauternes.

FYI Gorgonzola
Made from pasteurized cow’s milk
Country of origin: Italy
Region: Gorgonzola
Type: soft, blue-veined
Fat content: 25-35%
Texture: crumbly and firm
Colour: yellow
Flavour: mild, sharp
Aroma: nutty