The Truffle fair takes place in Cortazzone on the first Sunday of December. This event, organized by the municipality and the local food-and-wine association, draws tourists and gourmets from all over the Piedmont. During the fair, a panel of experts judges excellent white and black truffles presented by many local seekers. Colourful stands of local food products and handicrafts, musical bands, flag-throwers and other artists contribute to create a funny and pleasant atmosphere.
The Palio di Asti horse race is one of the most important events in Piedmont and the oldest Palio in Italy. From the XII century, it has taken place on the second Sunday of September in the central square of Asti (Piazza Alfieri); 21 horses ridden bareback by 21 jockeys which represent 14 quarters of the town and 7 villages of the province.
During the Sagre Contadine (Country Fair), which takes place in Piazza del Palio (Palio square), about 40 villages offer you their food specialties together with some of the best Asti wines. Don't miss the colourful procession that winds its way through the city, with more than 3000 characters with authentic period costumes, farm tractors and farming tools, which represent the values and traditions of this beautiful land.
The “Douja d’Or” Prize is a National Oenological Competition for DOC and DOCG wines; it takes place in September and it is organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Asti with the technical support of ONAV-Organizzazione Nazionale Assaggiatori di Vino (Wine Tasters National Organisation).
Every year in spring Il Narciso Incantato takes place at the castle of Piea d'Asti. You can admire the 40.0000 bulbous plants in bloom in the centuries-old park of the castle. In addition, the castle of Piea became a museum area and collections exhibitions.