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Over thirty farmers and breeders delighted the public with their specialties on the last weekend of September, 16th and 17th, during the second edition of the Tuscany Rural Festival in Gaiole in Chianti.

Gaiole, which use to host a market in the 13th century and is today world-famous for the Eroica bike race, will be from now on also associated with this Rural Festival and agricultural biodiversity.

This is a trade show that has brought to the public authentic flavours and top-quality food produced in Emilia Romagna and Tuscany, two regions that have teamed up in the name of biodiversity.

Organizers and producers are enthusiastic with the result, which has surpassed all expectations. Some of the products were in fact already sold out on Sunday early afternoon.

There were many young producers with interesting projects aimed at recovering and highlighting certain products that have previously suffered from neglect: the processing of Cornillese sheep wool, the use of hemp as natural fabric, or the cultivation of Sangiovese grapes for winemaking.

The trade fair showcased the typical Tuscan legumes such as Zolfino bean, Massese and Garfagnina sheep’s pecorino cheese, bread made with ancient grains or the famous Marocca di Casola (a small bread typical of the mountains made with chestnut, wheat and potato flour), polenta made with Formenton Ottofile Garfagnana corn, Olivastra Seggianese extra virgin olive oil, fresh and dried pasta made with ancient grains, the Chianti aromatic and wild herbs…

Another area was dedicated to the animal park: historic breeds like the Cornigliese, Massese and Garfagnina sheep, the Romagnolo and Amiatino donkey, the Chianina cow and the Valdarnese chicken. And of course the colourful vintage tractors, produced between the ‘30s and the ‘50s, had great success with enthusiasts and children. A role playing game, created to educate children about the life of bees, was a particular success.