If you come to Tuscany In the autumn you will hopefully have the pleasure of enjoying some newly pressed olive oil. At the end of October there is a Festa dell’Olio in Montisi, now into its thirteenth year, it has become a well attended festival, drawing people from all over Italy. The Main street is lined with stands selling arts and crafts and of course new oil, wine, truffles, honey etc. and the four Contradas are all open for lunch and dinner, serving various dishes and making the most of the new oil. The cooking is as always very good and there is a certain amount of competition and discussion about who serves the best food. I had open studio as I do every year because I am in the higher part of the village and we have to maintain a presence to help tempt people up the slope to the Castello contrada which is the only contrada not on the main street. The Castello contrada chocolate cake with olive oil cream was doing a very good job getting people up to the Contrada along with all the other excellent dishes. During the festival there are various entertainments including marching bands and medieval singers just to add to the atmosphere of the seasonal festivities.