Imaging you can see and taste the world in a day… or even in just a matter of a few hours!
The title of this blog sounds a bit cheesy right? Well, I gotta admit it was exaggerated a bit to grab your attention, but it’s not a false statement, you could really see and taste the world within just a few hours here in Milan!
Towards the end of each year, there is an International art and food fair that is held in Milan – the “L’Artigiano in Fiera”. It is a world trade fair with artisans products and food from all around the world. Italy, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Iran, Turkey, USA, Australia, China, Africa …. just to name a few!
The fair is held at the exhibition center at Fieramilano Rho-Pero, just a 30 minutes metro ride from Milan city center, and it runs from 3rd to 11th December this year. Opening time is from 10:00am to 10:30pm daily during the period, and it is free to enter. The fair is spread into 9 different exhibition halls, with over 3000 artisan companies from over 100 countries participating.
You can expect to spend the whole day here exploring the countless unique products from each region, and be sure to come with an empty stomach, because all the food look and taste absolutely amazing here! Not to mention there are lots of stalls which offer free tasting of their products!
It gets fairly crowded here, so I would suggest you to come here early in the morning to avoid the crowd a bit.
Be sure to check out this fair if you are in Milan this weekend! If you miss it this year, don’t worry, you could always join the one next year!
My Recommendations of Stalls you should not miss!!
–> Bruitti e Buoni – a traditiona Italian sweet made of sugar and egg white, similar to merigue, except much crunchier! Bags stafts from Euro$4.0.
–> Biscuit Coffee Cups – drink and eat the cup! The cups starts from Euro$1.50/each, and you can try it on the spot with the coffee for Euro$2.0/each
–> Hand-made procelain decoration from Northern Italy – very cute decoration, great for presents and souvenirs, starting from as low as Euro$2.50/each
–> Hand made Torrone – a traditional Italian sweets made from honey, sugar and egg white wtih almonds or other nuts, don’t forget to try the fresh sample! Starting from Euro$6.0/bar.
–> Spanish Ham, one of my absolute favourite!! You can try the different types they have on offer before you decide. Whole leg of ham starts from Euro$40.0/each, and pacakged ham starts from Euro$6.0/pack.
–> Paraben free cosmetics from Germany, great for souvenirs and stocking fillers! The bath bombs are super cute and gorgeous! Items start from as low as Euro$1.0/each. Handcreams are Euro$4,95/each, great for gifts!
–> Freshly chucked oyster from France!! Euro$2.0/piece, or Euro$5.0/3 pieces! A bit on the salty side, but extremely fresh, and with this price, it’s definitely worth it!
–> Hungary Kürtőskalács – freshly baked spit cake dusted with cinnomon and other yummy coatings. The line is super long so expect to wait for at least 15 minutes. Euro$6.0/each.
–> Freshly made pasta, starts from Euro$23.0/kg
–> Freshly fried mixed seafood, hot and super delicious. I had the small cone for Euro$8.0/ and the portion was huge, with a great mix of seafood inside. There are other options to choose from.
–> How can you leave Italy without some Procinni? Packed or loose procinni, starting from Euro$5.0/pack, or Euro$11.0/100 grams.
–> An American barber to trim your hair and mostache on the spot! A special treat for the gengleman!!
–> For the meat lover, you are going to get a pack of 6-7 different salami with a cotton bag for just Euro$20!! I don’t know how you are going to resist this!