A day steeped in old world traditions.
We invite you, our friends and fellow food-lovers, to join us Sunday, March 3 for an exciting and unique experience as our Oregon community of chefs, butchers, purveyors, and makers come together to bring you the 7th Annual Maialata: Festival of the Pig.
An age-old celebration of the pig ("maiale" is Italian for "pig") Maialata is a workday and feast steeped in old-world traditions in accordance with folklore and biodynamic practices.
In the small mountain towns of Northern Italy, winter months afford the natural refrigeration necessary to process an entire 500 pound animal into sausages, salumi, prosciutti, steaks, ribs, behemoth roasts and ragus that will feed the family for the year to come. This process of butchering, salting and preserving several animals is no small task. Rural communities would come together in a central town and work all day to prepare their pigs. Then, at night, they would feast on the bounty of their labor and pay respect to the animals that provide their nourishment.
The Oregon Maialata is March 3, 2019
In honor of these old traditions Chef-owner Cathy Whims of Nostrana and Enoteca Nostrana, along with Rudy Marchesi of Montinore Estate have created this annual tradition in Oregon.
Legendary Italian butcher Dario Cecchini who will join for the 3rd year, will lead a charismatic and in-depth demonstration of whole animal butchery as he breaks down a full-grown Worden Hill Heritage Hog. Then the pig will be further broken down and guests will be invited to participate in the entire process through hands-on workshops featuring: stuffing sausage, salting+preserving and pasta-making alongside some of Portland's best chefs while enjoying hand crafted cheese, charcuterie and wine throughout the day.
Once we have fully processed the beautiful pig and produced dishes for dinner, attendees and chefs will gather in the subterranean wine cellar, side-by-side, to indulge in a multi-course feast – the product of the day's lessons and labors – accompanied by Montinore Estate wines.