National Bue Grasso di Carrù Fair

Every December, an unmissable appointment with tradition

National Bue Grasso Fair at Carrù

This National Fair, which takes place in December every year, in the Piedmont town of Carrù, is a feast of flavours and excitement, filled with five centuries of tradition. Its historical roots go back to the mediaeval period, specifically to 1473. Today the Bue Grasso Fair is a newly revamped occasion, awaited by the local people and excited, curious tourists alike.

The star of this event, without question, halfway between tradition and folklore, is the majestic Fat Ox itself: a powerful animal, symbol of the Piedmont race, today considered by right as a perfect specimen of the bovine breed, famous worldwide for the unparalleled quality of its meat.
The Fiera del Bue Grasso is characterised by the preparation of the typical dish: Bollito. Rich, perfumed, smoking, the Italian bollito is one of the iconic dishes of the winter gastronomic tradition in the Carrù region.

The Fat Ox

The Fat Ox is an adult bull, with white coat, castrated by eight months old, to encourage the animal to gain weight, so an adult easily exceeds a tonne and is called an ox only when it reaches four years of age.

Other animals taking part in the animal husbandry showcase belong to the Piedmont bovine breed, whose origins go far back, some 20,000 years ago. The competition rewards the finest and most majestic heads of cattle, with coveted prizes, the first among them being the Gualdrappa, a precious banner made entirely by hand, showing the head of an Ox on a white field.

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