On May 17th the locals of Koknese celebrate the great catfish living in the waters of Perse River, a tradition that goes back in time to mix with the legends surrounding the Koknese castle.
Carlingford Oyster Festival is held every year since the late nineties. It promises four days of Oysters and lots of fun. The festival is a family orientated festival with Oyster treasure hunt, world crab fishing, street entertainment, children’s activities, live music, water regattas, food market and gourmet events including Carlingford’s Chowder Sunday.
For the second time in Brussels, the Best of Portugal festival will show the very best of the Portuguese gastronomy and the excellent quality of its local products, including wine, cheese, cured meats, olive oil, honey, fruits, and vegetables, among others. In conjunction with the fair there are also a craft fair, folk dances and music.
Belfast Orangefest showcases aspects of Ulsterʼs rich heritage and culture. The Belfast 12th of July celebrations are a magnificent spectacle of tradition, color and music that can be enjoyed by all locals and visitors alike. There are many events taking place after the parades, including street entertainment and a return of the successful food market at Belfast City Hall.
Belgium is a paradise for beer lovers. There are almost 450 different types of beer in the country. For those who want to taste as many beers as possible in a short period of time, the Belgian Beer Weekend is the perfect occasion. It is held every September at the Grand Place, in the centre of Brussels, where a large number of breweries gather together to offer visitors the authentic taste of Belgian Beer.
The Loch Lomond Food & Drink Festival is an annual event taking place in September at the Loch Lomond Shores.
The town of Cangas del Narcea in Asturias, Spain hosts a celebration of the region’s ancient wine-making tradition every October. The streets are filled with stalls selling traditional products and showcasing local crafts. Visitors can also participate in the many activities scheduled for the Festival.
La Festa del Porc i la Cervesa takes place every year in Manlleu, at the end of September. This year it will be held on the 25th, 26th and 27th of September 2015, and throughout the weekend there will be tasting sessions and sale of pork products, pre-prepared charcuterie dishes and quality craft beers. The visitors will be able to taste them in the festival’s food marquee and on its terraces, or while strolling around enjoying the fashion shows, concerts and performances that round off the festival.
Almond Blossom Festival is an international folk festival based on the idea of peace, integration and cooperation between people.
Over the past years the Budapest International Wine Festival has truly come of age and is now one of the most prestigious events of its kind in Hungary.
Everybody is welcome to the Riga Food fair to draw inspiration from a diversity of menu ideas, to taste new products as well as to see professional chefs, pastry cooks and bartender competitions.
Sabile Wine Festival is celebrated during the last weekend of July since 1999 in honour of the town’s symbol – Sabile Wine Hill. This festival is one of the most awaited events in the small town of Sabile.
Smederevo Autumn Festival is a tourist and economic manifestation held every September and devoted to grape picking and wine making, with defile of medieval knights and rich cultural and artistic program that take place in the famous Smederevo Fortress and on the city squares.
If you have a sweet tooth, visit the annual chocolate festival in the Italian town of Perugia, which is without a doubt, a dessert lover’s paradise! Get your chocolate in the regular bar variety or try some chocolate liquor, hot chocolate, or even a chocolate kebab!
The traditional Chestnut Festival takes place in October in Hrvatska Kostajnica, a picturesque little Croatian town inhabited by a little more than 1,000 residents. It is located along the river Una on the south-eastern edge of central Croatia on the very border with Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The chestnut transforms the landscape of Valle Isarco/Eisacktal in South Tyrol not only in a shining golden hiking paradise in autumn, but also in a radiating center hosting the Valle Isarco chestnut weeks with a culturally-active program.
Every year more than ten thousand people attend this charming event, held among the Baroque and Secessionist buildings of the Main Square of Veszprém. Every year fresh Rosés, Rieslings, fröccs (froech - Hungarian speciality: wine with sparkling water) and of course fresh Jazz musicians provide refreshment to lovers of gastro-cultural pleasures. The event is part of VeszprémFest.
On the banks of the rushing Kroparica Stream, in the shade of the forested Jelovica Plateau, one of the major iron-forging Slovenian centres lies hidden away: Kropa. Every year, in July, the town celebrates a typical festival focused on the centuries-old iron-forging tradition where visitors can enjoy the preserved iron forgersʼ cuisine, customs and excellent singing.
For 10 days the city of Santarém brings together the best regional products in a specially prepared area. Experience the union between tradition and modernity of Portuguese cuisine.
The town of Stupava, located only 20 km north-west from Bratislava in the distinctive region of Záhorie, is the cabbage capital of Slovakia. For one weekend a year, Stupava becomes the venue for the largest festival in the Záhorie region.During the event, visitors will have the chance to taste various delicacies prepared with cabbage and combined with roast duck, goose and young wine!
The fame of the Fiesta del Marisco (Seafood Festival) has travelled beyond Galiciaʼs borders and each year more and more visitors are drawn to the quality and variety of the best gastronomic products from the Rías Bajas. You can see and taste them on the stands at the fairground, prepared in traditional or innovative ways, while enjoying the traditional music and dance performances.
Alongside boats of all shapes and sizes, Scotland’s Boat Show has plenty to entice visitors on shore, with a dedicated pavilion showcasing delicious, local products.
JESTIVAL is a must-taste event focused on Kobariški štruklji, a traditional local dessert. The festival programme includes conferences and cooking workshops which will take place at Kobarid’s central square. Gourmet food and drinks will be accompanied by good music. Delicious, educational and entertaining!
In the heart of the Picos de Europa Mountains, the village of Potes hosts the Orujo festival. This festival takes place every year during the second weekend of November. ‘Orujo’ is liquor made from the skins and seeds of crushed grapes. This festival was declared a National Tourist Interest Celebration in 2012.
Frankfurtʼs favorite tipple Apfelwine (apple wine) is a type of cider made from time-houred apples. Try any of the excellent varieties available at the festivalʼs numerous stands and traditional stalls.
The Rueda Designation of Origin, although producing white, rosé and red wines, has earned itself a position in the Spanish vinicultural landscape thanks to the white variety Verdejo, the source of the aromatic value of its whites. Each year in October the town hosts its Grape Harvest Festival (Fiesta de la vendimia) which lasts for a weekend.
The Chocolate Festival in Hamrun, a chocoholic’s delight, turns the use of chocolate into an art form. New recipes are prepared, a wide variety of chocolate products can be bought and an interesting array of chocolate sculptures can be viewed during this tantalizing event.
At the end of October, chocolate lovers should head to Salon du Chocolat in Paris, a worldwide event that hosts more than 550 international participants and attracts thousands of visitors who, together, celebrate the magic of chocolate. Chocolate and pastry show demonstrations, conferences, courses and a Chocolate Fashion Show are just some of the activities that visitors can enjoy at this five day long chocolate experience!
Those who love wine and Brussels gastronomy will be delighted by the gastronomic festival eat! Brussels, drink! Bordeaux. The programme features: outdoor wine tastings, tastings of our Brussels gastronomic delicacies, stimulation of your taste buds, learning about new culinary techniques as well as magical and peaceful walks outdoors. This year the festival will be held at the heart of the Parc de Bruxelles, right in front of the Royal Palace.
Denmark is fast becoming an international food hotspot, with award-winning chefs, award-winning restaurants and of course the famous smørrebrød. But thereʼs more to Nordic cuisine than fancy eateries. Denmark is host to numerous food festivals throughout the year, covering everything from organic produce to fresh seafood. There is a food festival for everyone. Even sweet tooth lovers will find their happiness during Odense Tartelet Festival.
Young Chef Award is a competition organized and promoted by the International Institute of Gastronomy
Each year, on the last weekend of September, Galway City celebrates the International Oyster & Seafood Festival, the most internationally recognised Irish festival after St Patrick’s Day and the world’s longest running Oyster Festival in the country.
September is the perfect time to visit the Little Carpathian wine region near Bratislava. During the Festival, Pezinok, the wine capital of Slovakia, becomes a venue for massive wine tasting. Local bands, authentic food and grape must are all part of it.
The Kerteminde Cherry Festival takes place every year on the 3rd weekend of July in Kerteminde, Denmark. The festival offers art, music, culinary taste experiences and more exciting entertainment for your senses, all under the motto: See, listen and taste.
All the routes lead to Rome. However, these goose routes lead to 100-year old tradition of goose baking in the village of Slovenský Grob, located just 20 kilometres from Bratislava.
Tallinn Street Food Festival takes place on 15th of June 2014 in Telliskivi Loomelinnak (Telliskivi Creative City). This is the first ever street food festival in Baltics.
A festival of local folk dance, music, cuisine and arts and crafts, which presents the rich culinary and ethnological heritage in Prekmurje.
The Belgian edition of the Salon du Chocolat takes place every year at Tour & Taxis in Brussels. Fans of chocolate (everyone), be ready! Nearly 30.000 visitors join the event in just 3 days to admire the work of master chocolatiers and sample chocolate in all its forms at the world´s largest chocolate event.
Now established as a major cultural event on Dundee’s annual calendar, Dundee Science Festival is hosting a number of special events this year to mark Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink. Events include interactive workshops, cooking demonstrations and celebration days with a unique twist.
The annual three-day traditional sausage fair is a popular event that aims to promote the centuries-old local art of making delicious sausages.
The traditional Festa del Torrone (Nougat Festival) of Cremona is an annual 9-day event taking place in the city of Cremona, Italy, in November, where more than 150 nougat manufacturers present their delicacies from all around the world.
The most prestigious event of the Mór Wine Region is the Wine Days of Mór. The main attraction of the event is Ezerjó, the most famous wine of the region.