“Food made with both our hearts and hands” is the slogan for the food festival promoting Italian cooking and produce from the Emilia- Romagna region in Italy.
I was lucky to have recieved an invite and in todays blog post I will share my weekend with you! And yes I got to meet the boss himself, Mr. Bottura…
Part of the opening act outside the main tent.
Al Meni means “on the menu” and this weekend there were so many amazing dishes (and wines) on the menu created by some of the best chefs in the industry, both Italian and International.
The two day festival in June takes place in the beautiful oceanside area by the five star hotel Grand Hotel Rimini, and consists of stalls, stands, food trucks and the main circus tent where all the cooking shows take place.
You can learn more about Italian produce through daily courses on site, and taste and drink your way through the great food region which is Emilia-Romagna all while enjoying the sunny seaside. You can also buy clothing, jewlery and other exciting Italian made things.
Tips! If you scroll all the way down to the end of the post you can see my video from the festival including the after party with Massimo!
From the opening show
Massimo Bottura is the vice president of the Chef to Chef organization and is one of the main people behind the food festival where as mentioned, food, produce and wine from the Emilia- Romagna district takes center stage. It was an extra special event since the world famous chefs restaurant, Osteria Francescana was recently awarded the title of the worlds best restaurant.
Chef to Chef organization
Olive Oil from the region
Coffee from Emilia- Romagna
One thing that has been a common factor with everyone I have met here in Italy these past two weeks is the word “passion”. Every single person I have spoken to has been very passionate about their work, food, wine and what they produce. The Al Meni festival is the perfect venue to showcase this.
It all comes together under the summer sky by the ocean in Rimini where you can enjoy the best food and wine with your family and friends. The Italians are very social people and this is one of the main reasons as to why Italians live longer and are considered healthier than the rest of the world and Europe.
Always a lot of action at the wine counter
I also had the honor of meeting great wine producers from the area and discovered some amazing, especially sparkling wines, that you can not get outside of Italy, or at least only in select countries. And of course some of the worlds best chefs! Here are some pictures…
Day turned into night and after the festival was closed the party continued down by the beach until the early hours of the morning celebrating life, love, friendship, and all that is wonderful about Italy and the food and wine that unites us…
View the video for more!
Visit the website for the festival here