Milan and Lombardy celebrate Food Week

Obama to attend the Global Food Innovation Summit on 9 May

Over 300 events in Milan alone will see leading chefs hold show cooking, street food parades, tastings and readings, themed barbeques, master classes and vegetable garden workshops for kids and much more as the city celebrates its gastronomic heritage from 4 to 11 May.

One of the highlights of the week will be the visit of former US President Barack Obama to the Global Food Innovation Summit on 9 May at the Rho fairgrounds, where  he will be among the top-level experts discussing the effects of climate change on world food security.

Milan Food City is an initiative seeded by the Milan Charter signed at Expo Milano 2015, the commitment to provide “Good Food for All” around the world. The programme centres around Milan Food Week with events catering to everyone from connoisseurs to newbies.

The Food Week opens on the evening of 3 May with an inauguration party at the Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli in Via Pasubio 5, starting at 19.30 and open free to all. Guests will be invited to weigh themselves, solo or in groups, to determine the amount of food to be donated to the needy by non-profit sponsors Banco Alimentare, Caritas and Pane Quotidiano.

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A separate section called Week & Food is dedicated to the value of sustainability in production and the quality of ingredients. The full programme of this section is on the dedicated website.

Other activities will include a farmers’ market on 6 and 7 May at the Sforza castle, demonstrations and picnics in the cascine farmsteads on the city outskirts, and films, tastings and a BBQ contest with prizes in the municipal markets at Piazza S. Maria del Suffragio, Piazza Wagner and Viale Ungheria.

All the events of the festival are listed on the Milan Food City page of the city hall website.