Bellavita -The largest Italian food fair in London

I recently went to “Bellavita”, the largest Italian food and and wine fair in London.

I felt like I was at home with plenty of nice people to chat to and lots of good food and beverages.

bellavita London fair

There were so many stands that it would be impossible to feature them all in a blog post. However I was particularly attracted to one stand which displayed hazelnut products from the region of Piemonte which produces many high quality hazelnuts. Margherita Caffa of “Maison della Nocciola” showed me many of their typical products and one of them is Gianduia, a chocolate spread containing hazelnut paste which was invented in Turin. It is similar to Nutella but of a much better quality and incredibly addictive.

hazelnuts stand

hazelnuts stand

I also met miss Gaia from Comaro. We come from the same region. She lives just 30 minutes away from my own town in Italy and I recently bought some honey from her for my own consumption. It was nice meeting up again and sampling some of her new honeys.

honey comaro

You will always find limoncello at an Italian fair. This time I even found an organic one. What’s to say, like everything else there seems to be more and more choice with food.

limoncello

I enjoyed Neapolitan baba which is a small cake saturated in limoncello.. my goodness I could feel the alcohol straight away…. soo good though!

baba

The onion of Tropea in Calabria is available all over Italy these days. It is known as “The Red Queen” for its sweetness and delicacy.

onion from tropea

And this is Nadalin a cake very similar to pandoro which comes from Verona the native city of Pandoro.

nadalin pandoro

When I sank my teeth into this 11 years old Parmesan I thought: Wow this is unique! With an aftertaste of nutmeg, this robust and strong cheese will leave your palate clean and with a flavour that lingers long in your mouth.

parmesan

And now the salami section: lots of slicing…and sampling going on.

slicing salami

prosciutto

sliced salami

salami

salami and culatello

As you can see a recipe for happiness is working with food!

slicing ham

Sundried tomatoes straight from Sicily. These were tomatoes of an intense and almost spicy flavour.

sundried tomatoes

And more from Sicily: almond and pistachios pastries.

sicilian pastries

There was also lots of wine tasting going on and a sommelier course too.

wine tasting

I loved this lady, Silvia from “NuoviPoderi”. I had a long chat with her. She, along with her husband Marco, have their own little vineyard in Sardinia and her wines are robust and of a strong flavour.

I wish them good luck!

wines from sardinia

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7 Responses to Bellavita -The largest Italian food fair in London

  1. Linda

    Wow, so impressive. What wonderful to visit the Bellavita. I bet in person it is fun and adventurous. It would be heavenly to be there to experience all of the food and smells.

  2. La cucina di Molly

    Che belle foto e quanti prodotti meravigliosi, immagino che bella esperienza! Un bacione!

  3. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    How lovely to share your visit to Bellavita and the Italian Food Fair. Boy, all of your photos and words are making me hungry…You must have had such a wonderful time going to each booth. So many delicious foods to taste and tasty wines to drink…I can imagine the aroma that were circling your head as you were going to each table. My brother is going to London for a business trip in August. He works for HP (Hewlett Packard) and will be there for about a week. I am sure he will enjoy this trip. He was in Switzerland in May…Thanks for sharing, have a great week…
    Dottie 🙂

    • Alida

      I am sure your brother will have lots to talk to you about London. It is such and interesting city.I loved this fair and sampling lots of new foods. Have a good week!

  4. Diana

    Hi Alida! What a fun, fun, fun event. I guess you felt right at home. And how nice to meet someone from your neck of the woods! Great post.

    • Alida

      Thank you Diana x

  5. Elisabetta

    Wow, you are so lucky to have been able to visit this food fair. Just looking at the photos makes my mouth water.

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