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Tastes and Traditions of the Old Milan Food Tour

Catch an inside glimpse into the up-and-coming Old Milan Food Tour. With the 'test phase' coming to an end, the Italian Old Food Tour edition is ready to launch and fast growing. More here!

While Milan prepares to host one of the biggest events of the century – EXPO 2015, prostate which spotlights how feeding the planet can be energy for life, we launched the Old Milan Food Tour. In this city walking tour, we bring history back to life with stories, secrets, images, delicious smells and tasting experiences.

After months of ’behind the screens’ preparation, we decided it’s time to present the Old Milan Food Tour to the public in order to share what we find to be a great experience. We are also interested in better understanding how the Tour is appreciated by participants, learning what we can do, and if we need, to improve the tour.

The Old City Food Tours are initially realized by Farming the City. After the success of the Amsterdam edition (this month there are also tickets available for special Old Amsterdam Milk Tours!), Food in the Streets was asked to prepare a tour for Milan. Not only because the city will host Expo Milano 2015 with the theme ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’ (1st of May – 31st of October), but even more so because Milan is a city that tends to hide its past, holding a story well worth telling. And knowing this story makes you completely change your idea of the city.

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The group that joined the first official tour (which was fully booked) consisted of a mix of different people with two things in common: they had an interest for food and for the city they live in. So, we headed off, entering one of the oldest parts of the city.

The Old Milan Food Tour has ten stops. In each stop, we explain something about the history of the city and the area we pass through, relating it to a food product. During the two-hour Tour, we discuss almost all the typical Milanese food products – such as rice and saffron, vegetables, cheese and polenta. Making the tour not only educational but also fun, technical facts are supported by historical images and anecdotes.

During some of the stops, we have arranged tastings of products made by producers selected (by us) for their special relationship with local food tradition and the sustainable approach applied to their daily activities. So far, we concluded partnerships with a producer of raw milk cheese, a supermarket founded by ten farmers, a baker who makes sourdough bread out of locally grown cereals, a shop that mainly sells unpackaged, locally produced products, and a Milanese chocolate producer that opened a shop in the street they had their first factory in to celebrate their 100th anniversary.

We are now doing our last ‘preview’ tours, in which we are fine-tuning the itinerary and the stories we tell. From the beginning of April, we will be ready to offer Tours in English, Italian and Dutch. Of course, we hope to see you there! Maybe during one of the fixed-date Tours (follow Food in the Streets to stay updated), or when you book a tour for yourself and your colleagues, friends, parents, co-workers, or who ever you would like to share this experience with.

For groups between 2 and 16 persons, we accept special requests to personalize the tour with activities like workshops, lectures, lunches, aperitifs and dinners.

For information, single or group subscriptions, special tours and all inquiries, please contact inge@farmingthecity.net

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Posted on 01 April 2015 and filed under Projects

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