The Italian city of Padua, celebrated its first festival of taste in spring 2019. Concentrated in and around the Palazzo Della Ragione, and the foot markets in the ancient city center, top chefs from the Veneto region and far beyond gathered to share their culinary secrets.

Padua with the colors of its gardens, the liveliness of its squares and the many initiatives and events, is one of the most dynamic cities in Italy. This dynamic was reflected by the world premiere of the ‘Salone dei Sapori’, a festival of taste and culture in the heart of the city, between the imposing Palazzo della Ragione and the piazzas of Frutta, delle Erbe and dei Signori: eight centuries of culture and traditions, of delights and beauties, celebrated in a five-day festival in Padua.

Salone dei Sapori

The event made immediately evident how many top chefs are working in the Veneto region and were willing to participate to the event. With that, the Salone dei Sapori, showed the potential to become a real place of pilgrimage for culinary lovers.

And it was not only the quality of the food and the presentations of the chefs that were outstanding, also the setting in the ancient town center of Padua worked miracles.

Padua is located on the Bacchiglione River, between Venice and Vicenza. The Brenta River, which once ran through the city, still touches the northern districts. The city has a dense network of arcaded streets opening into large communal piazze, and many bridges crossing the various branches of the Bacchiglione. It is well known for the Pedrocchi Café, a café founded in the 18th century in the heart of the city.

Highlights were the performances by the star guest Antonino Cannavacciuolo, the veg chef Simone Salvini, the Master Pastry Chef Luigi Biasetto, the Alajmo family, Arrigo Cipriani of Harry’s Bar and the bakery chef Matteo Zannin, the tastings of the Slow Food Presidia, with tales and tastings of the prized oil and wines of the Euganean Hills, Veneto DOP ham and pearl white corn.

Production: OBJEKT International & Lorenza Dalla Pozza

Photos: Hans Fonk