The best season to visit Parma is considered to be September as the tourist destination holds the brightest and greatest gastronomy event in this month named the Festival of Parma Ham. Plenty of dainty treats, great entertainments, exciting master classes and culinary shows are held within a ten days period of the festival. The program of the fest is diverse and rich in various entertaining events keeping the public hot and inspired. The festival gets even more popular year after year. The holiday attracts about one hundred thousands of foreign guests annually.
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The main treat of the festival is still the Parma ham being a favorite sort of meat for gourmands of all over the world. Within the festival the guests are treated with more than 60 thousands of dishes added with Parma ham. The main participants of the festival are the companies producing the ham. Commonly there are about 150 companies participating in the festival annually. Company representatives demonstrate the best samples of their products to the guests of the event. Within a year the companies produce more than 10 millions of pigs feet which are distributed to all countries of the globe literally.
The most interesting event of the festival takes part on the Garibaldi Square. A grand fair is held there within the last days of the festival. Form early morning till late night the square is crowded. The guests of the festival eat about 700 kilograms of ham and drink more than three thousands of glasses of wine during the ham holiday.
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Each year the Finistere Aperte (Open Windows) program is held within the festival. The program enables the guests and participants of the fest to take part in the process of production of ham as well as suggests various tastings, exhibitions and festive concerts. A production center of the popular ham treat is considered to be the Langhirano commune. The area hosts several large companies as well as the popular Museum of Parma Ham located in the Bocchialini street.
The collection of the museum introduces the visitors to the history of development of ham production. Exciting excursions and cultural events are held within the ham holiday. There the tourists will also find one of the specialized stores offering popular sorts of ham and meat. The festival is not limited to gastronomy events only. During ten days of the holiday the city witnesses numerous exciting competitions and performances of famous musicians, bands and singers. Local restaurants are actively involved in the festival offering its guests a special holiday menu.