Several local adherents and 6 dates to be set: this year the "Bagna cauda day”Multiplies the appointments for lovers of the main dish of the Piedmontese tradition. Strong stomachs and gourmets indeed are preparing to participate in the ninth edition of the most anticipated event by all bagnacaudisti, which this year will receive the fabric bib with the motto "Fourth dose!", Signed by Sergio Ponchione. A nice cadeau to say that, after vaccination, a good "dose" of bagna cauda contributes to the well-being of the body, given the known antiseptic qualities of garlic. So much so that in 1855 in the Crimea the Piedmontese and allied troops to whom General Lamarmora had the famous dish prepared called it "suitable for strong and brave men for its shooting-like flavors".
A centuries-old preparation
For centuries now in the Langhe and Monferrato the end of harvests have been celebrated by preparing the traditional bagna cauda: a tasty sauce made with garlic, thistles and other vegetables, anchovies and extra virgin olive oil. The bagna cauda is then served in the characteristic earthenware container (called “dianèt) and placed in the center of the table with a spirit warmer underneath in order to always keep it hot and bring out all the scent. Daughter of peasant civilization, bagna cauda is mainly known in its classic version, which includes a list of cheap ingredients: garlic heads, extra virgin olive oil and, where possible, a glass of walnut oil and red anchovies from Spain. However, over time other variants have spread, such as the bagna cauda of the archpriest, which involves cooking garlic in milk, in order to dampen its strong taste and smell, and adding butter and beef fillet.
Bagna cauda day: the news of 2021
And we conclude this historical tour on the bagna cauda by telling the main news of the 2021 edition. First of all, since the places are limited, you have to book your place by calling the restaurant participating in the event. To find out which clubs join, just go to the website www.bagnacaudaday.it and scroll through the lists, divided by geographical areas (Alto Piemonte, Turin, Asti, Monferrato, Langhe, Valle d'Aosta and other regions). This year, moreover, the event focuses on protecting the environment. In fact, the proceeds will be used for finance the birth of the Bosco degli Astigiani, a land of over 5 hectares made available by the Banca d'Asti.
Finally, while the price remains unchanged (25 euros) in all the places, the tasting proposal changes: the bagna cauda will in fact be offered in 3 versions signaled by a traffic light: As God commands, Heretics (with diluted garlic), Atea (without garlic).