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Sixth 'ExtraLucca' Presents Some of Italy's Best

The Ducal Palace of Lucca will host a two-day exposition of select Italian extra virgin olive oils.

Feb. 12, 2018
By Ylenia Granitto

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On February 17 and 18, the mag­nif­i­cent fres­coed halls of the Ducal Palace in Piazza Napoleone will be the set­ting for a trade show, ExtraLucca, that will present a col­lec­tion of high-qual­ity Italian extra virgin olive oils.

After six years of ExtraLucca, I can say that the bor­der­less appeal of extra virgin olive oil is a real­ity.- Fausto Borella, ExtraLucca

The fair will give enthu­si­asts and experts in the sector the oppor­tu­nity to dis­cover and taste some of the best national prod­ucts of the season like Frantoio Marsicani from Campania, Fattoria Ramerino and La Ranocchiaia from Tuscany, Azienda Agricola Mandranova from Sicily, NYIOOC 2017 Best in Class winner Donato Conserva from Puglia, Giulia Cappelli from Lazio, Olio Cru from Trentino Alto Adige and many others Italian com­pa­nies of excel­lence.

“Since the begin­ning of this adven­ture, my chal­lenge as a com­mu­ni­ca­tor and ambas­sador of extra virgin olive oil was to be able to bring Italian pro­duc­ers and their oils to a small, although very beau­ti­ful, city,” Fausto Borella, the cre­ator of the event revealed. “And then, they par­tic­i­pated with moti­va­tion and enthu­si­asm, aware that this is a cul­tural event and also an excel­lent occa­sion to show off and intro­duce their prod­ucts to national and inter­na­tional con­sumers. After six years of ExtraLucca, I can say that the bor­der­less appeal of extra virgin olive oil is a real­ity.”

The Ademollo room, dec­o­rated with won­der­ful wall paint­ings, will host a guided blind tast­ing for one hun­dred par­tic­i­pants who will have the oppor­tu­nity to expe­ri­ence fif­teen extra virgin olive oils led by Borella and other experts, includ­ing Sonia Donati and Fiammetta Nizzi Griffi.

“The atten­tion paid to this kind of events demon­strates that the cul­ture of high-qual­ity extra virgin olive oil is rising. People enjoy tast­ing, dis­cov­er­ing and also pair­ing EVOOs with food — that is what will happen at our event,” Borella said.

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The fair will be pre­ceded by the Maestrod’olio Crowns award cer­e­mony for the best extra virgin olive oils, and the launch of the guide Terred’Olio 2018 in the the­atre of San Girolamo. For this edi­tion, a crown was designed by the Tuscan sculp­tor Andrea Roggi, who cre­ated an art­work in bronze and copper that will go to the best com­pa­nies pre­sented in the guide.

The two-day exhi­bi­tion at the Ducal Palace will be accom­pa­nied by book read­ings, exhi­bi­tions of chefs and pastry chefs, talks by nutri­tion­ists and food and wine tast­ings open to experts, enthu­si­asts, chil­dren and new­com­ers.

On Saturday the 17th, the extra virgin olive oils will head to the kitchens with chefs includ­ing Giorgio Barchiesi, better known as Giorgione, and the pizza maker Gennaro Nasti. On Sunday, along with olive oil tast­ings, the public can learn the secrets of cham­pagne with the ‘cham­pag­nist’ Samuel Cogliati and get closer to wine with the Grand Crus of the Tuscan Coast.

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