Porchetta is one of Italy’s most popular street food. It consists of a roasted pig with crispy skin and an unmistakable rich and herbal flavour. There are many regional variations, but the Umbrian Porchetta takes pride in detaining the original recipe, according to which savoury meat is generously seasoned with garlic, salt, pepper, wild fennel and rosemary or lard. The slow roasted pork is then sliced and sandwiched in between a crusty bread roll, ready to be served at the market fair.
The program consists of a variety of informative wine tastings and luscious meals in the company of our tour leader and wine expert Barbara D’Agapiti. We will also be joined by Chef Sara Jenkins, owner of the “Nina June Restaurant” who, in unison with Barbara is passionate about all things Umbrian.
A small group of participants will have the opportunity to experience a unique trip to Umbria designed around the “Porchettiamo” festival: a wonderful and characteristic Italian street fair where you will be able to sample classic porchetta and porchetta variations by the best street food vendors from all over the country.
The experience includes visits to family run wineries and authentic trattorias, hands on cooking classes with host Letizia Mattiacci at “Agriturismo Alla Madonna del Piatto- Cooking School”, lunch in a delightful private garden, and a porchetta making demonstration with one of the best porchetta makers in the area.
The “Porchettiamo” festival is held in the tiny historic town of San Terenziano but we shall also tour the beautiful cities of Foligno, Perugia, Montefalco, Bevagna and Assisi.
The month of May is perhaps the most magical time to visit Umbria, the weather is mild, and the green fields are bursting with flowers everywhere.
So, join us for five days of eating pork, drinking wine and being truly merry in May!
The tour package includes:
- 4 nights accommodation at B&B “Agriturismo Alla Madonna del Piatto” (Assisi – Umbria)
- transport in an air conditioned, 8 person Mercedes mini-van
- guided visit of Assisi with a professional tourist guide
- visit to a pig farm followed by a BBQ dinner based on pork meat
- participation in cured meat and porchetta workshop
- show cooking demonstration with famous Chef Salvatore Denaro
- hands-on cooking class at “Alla Madonna del Piatto”
- a winery tour: informative presentation and tastings of artisanal wines
- a full day of local culinary experience and visit to the Porchetta Festival
- a farming brewery tour
- 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners at local restaurants or wineries
- the assistance and company of your food and wine guide & an English-speaking driver
- all local taxes
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Since you are dealing with small companies please bear in mind that cancellations are a serious difficulty, particularly if occurring near the dates of the tour.
A non-refundable deposit of 30% of the total is required to secure the reservation while final payments are due two months before the start of the tour. There will be no refunds for any unused portions of the tour.
Please note that the tour program and or schedule might be modified and updated in case of bad weather or other unforeseeable circumstances.
It is highly advised to purchase travel insurance in the event of emergency, illness of participants, change in the itinerary, accident or act of God which no one is responsible for covering. No refunds will be provided for any non-refundable amounts paid unless the tour is cancelled by the travel agent.
This package tour is sold through travel agents and costs: €1.950,00 (GBP/US $ amount depends on current exchange rate) based on double occupancy. A non-refundable deposit of 30% of the total is required to secure the reservation while final payments are due by 60 prior days.
HEALTH AND DIETARY REQUIREMENTS:
By booking the tour, the traveller certifies that he or she does not have any condition or disability which may impede the operation of the program or the welfare or enjoyment of fellow travellers.
Meals included in the program are based on a fixed menu and reflect the food of the region. If there are specific dietary needs or allergies, it will be mandatory to communicate these at the time of booking. Nonetheless, we cannot guarantee that changes or modifications be made to all meals. Please note that food is abundant and varied, thus avoiding allergy inducing foods is usually not a problem.
All Participants will be met at a local train station at the beginning of the tour and will be dropped off there at the designated end of the tour. Please note that this is a group transfer. If your arrival does not coincide with the chosen group transfer schedule it will be necessary to book a taxi transfer at an additional cost. Should you arrive by plane in Rome FCO or any other airports it will be possible to arrange private transfers (e.g. airport pickup/drop off) at an additional cost.