With some apprehension, we turn the iginition key and drive out of Bologna. It turns out that italian drivers are flesh and blood - just reckless. And you know what? It's fun to drive here, intense, but fun.
We start in the Great Hall of Cheese - this is the peaceful, polished area of the event. Buy a few tickets that you exchange for cheese and wine; walk up to the display and point; sit at a little table to taste your cheese and drink your wine. We decide on cheeses from France with a glass of Italian Barbaresco. Does that break a rule? Who cares! Delicious.
Outside the Great Hall you'll have to use your elbows. BUT there are hundreds of incredible cheeses from so many countries to try for free: France, Italy, UK, Poland, USA (we were excited to see Cow Girl Creamery from California and Rogue Creamery from Oregon), and so many more.
These fellows enjoy a ready made audience and we enjoy them...
With bellies full of cheese, we're off to a little farm in Asti...
If this has you feeling hungry for authentic Italian food, try one of these recipes at home: