Crisis cancels Piedmont's annual white-truffle auction

International event goes biennial

Crisis cancels Piedmont's annual white-truffle auction

(ANSA) - Cuneo, October 10 - Italy's economic crisis has claimed another victim: the annual white-truffle auction. The World Truffle Auction of white Alba tubers began 13 years ago as an annual event in the northwestern Piedmont region. Organizers have now decided they no longer have the resources to properly organize such an undertaking more often than every second year, putting off this year's scheduled event until 2013. "The World Truffle Auction is a very important event, and therefore deserves all the support needed to ensure a perfect result," said Piedmont Tourism Commissioner Alberto Cirio. The auction had been scheduled for November 11. Last year a double truffle weighing 1.2 kg was sold for 98,000 euros to a Hong Kong tycoon.

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