When I found out where the event took place I was surprised ; it was a place we used to hang out at night a few years ago. Back then they used to have toilet seats as chairs and somewhere there must have been a bathtub too. Of course, the chairs had changed to suit today’s circumstances… We were welcomed by a very friendly woman, our/the hostess Claudia. While waiting for everyone to arrive she offered us some cured meats and bread. As the people progressively arrived I was happy to notice that half of the people we tourists and the other half were locals. I find this to be a good sign because it means the activity touches more categories of people. We sat down and after a short presentation we watched the introductory part of the mute film which set the ground for the main part of the story. Fidelio has a three starred restaurant in Spain. After a visit from a gastronomic critic he loses one. Now he is desperate to gain it back.Through a psychic St. Borromeo (a saint from the region) tells Fidelio to travel to Ticino to gain back his lost inspiration.
At the end of the first part we were invited to grab a plateau with a set of tasting items which we would put on our laps. At set times of the film we would be able to eat these delicacies.
Each product was tied to a section of the story, and it was hard to stay back and wait for the right moment. Fortunately these moments came along quite fast. In the middle of the film, as I was watching I could hear a husband and wife speaking in our local dialect:
‘Oh look, that’s Lalo on the screen.’ The wife said.
‘Come on. I didn’t see but… wait. You’re right, it is Lalo.’
A few minutes later the wife spoke again:
‘And the monk the is Roberto.’
It amused me to hear them while I was munching away some of the local goat sausages called “Cicitt”. Apart from the sausages we tasted different cheeses, wines, one liquor (“nocino” which is the monk’s traditional liquor) and finally a sweet spread made with “Farina Bona” (in English it would translate as good flour). I just want to add a quick word about this type of flour which is made of toasted corn grains (basically popcorn) and which is a traditional product of the Onsernone Valley. It is a very versatile product and it can even be used to make “Farina Bona” ice cream (link: http://www.farinabona.ch/en/index.php).
I really enjoyed my moment at “Ticino Experience” and my boyfriend (although it doesn’t look like in the picture) must have liked it too as he kept on repeating what a nice idea it was to have tried this activity out. Personally I found that the hour literally flew and would recommend it to anyone. I can say that I will surely return, especially when I have guests coming to visit.
PS: Sorry for the quality of the pictures,I only had my phone and found it hard to shoot in such low light… or perhaps it’s the photographer’s skills.
Where : La Rustica (Albergo Losone), Losone, Ticino, Switzerland.
When : March-October / Mon-Thu 18:00, Fri-Sat 17:00 / Lasts about an hour
For who: Adults and kids, locals and tourists. If wish to have an overview of the region (because there are nice shots of the landscape too) or you already know it but wish do something different, this is for you.
Link : http://www.ticinoexperience.ch