Tuesday, April 10, 2012

6th Annual Disfida del Soffritto-Pasquetta with Slow Food

The 6th Annual Disfida del Soffritto put together by Slow Food Irpinia Colline dell'Ufita e Taurasi was held this year in Savigano Irpino on Pasquetta, Easter Monday.  I had a chance to sit at the judges table to help decide which soffritto recipe was the best among those participating in the contest.  There were 9 teams representing 9 different counties spread throughout Alta Irpinia as well as a group as well as a first; Casa Greta, a team representing a home for the disabled in Vallata (Av).
The judging began at lunchtime so those of us who arrived early took a twirl around the various stands for a light brunch.  Then it was time to get down to business. Ten dishes using the basic recipe...pork and/or pork innards and peppers.  Each team then gave it their personal touch according to local traditions and family recipes...

Savignano Irpino

Ariano Irpino



Casa Greta




Wine?  When in Irpinia, Aglianico is the grape of choice.  At my table we shared a few bottles of Campi Taurasini 2009 from Luigi Tecce, Di Prisco, and Mier Vini as well as Taurasi DOCG 2007 from Cantine Lonardo and a 2008 from Cantine Caggiano...

It wasn't easy to choose, but in the end, the winning teams were Flumeri, who won the judges vote, and Carife who won the popular vote...

Congratulations, and we'll see you next year!

Italian Version

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