10 of the very best autumn meals festivals in Europe and the UK | Travel

Kookeet, Bruges, Belgium

29 September-1 October 2018
Street feasting is nothing new in London however Kookeet, in central Bruges, does issues in another way. Only right here are you able to eat Belgian specialities cooked by native cooks, a number of of them holders of Michelin stars. Pop-up stalls this yr supply dishes resembling Zeebrugge shrimp with poached egg, buttermilk and sourdough, Belgian pancakes paired with Liefmans beer and, for the extra adventurous, Flemish white tripe with mustard and peanuts served with spring rolls. Most dishes price round £6-Eight. This yr’s star chef is Roger van Damme, who is among the many greatest pastry cooks within the world.
Stay: Hotel Jacobs Brugge (doubles from €79 B&B)

Taste Svalbard, Longyearbyen, Norway

Four-6 October 2018
Svalbard, the Norwegian archipelago between Norway and the North Pole, has culinary traditions that match its dramatic setting. As effectively as iffy-sounding reindeer soup and seal meat, there may be salmon, trout, herring and Arctic cheese, and beer from a few of the world’s most northerly breweries (Red Bear in Barentsburg, and Svalbard Bryggeri in Longyearbyen). The world’s most northerly culinary pageant, Taste Svalbard, is held in Longyearbyen, the executive centre, with live shows, pop-up dinners and movie screenings.
Stay: Coal Miners’ Cabins (doubles from £85, together with breakfast however with shared loos) on the sting of Longyearbyen

Tbilisoba, Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisoba festival, Tbilisi

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7-Eight October
Is Georgia in Europe? It relies upon who you ask. Some elements of Tbilisi actually look European, and lots of Georgians really feel they belong extra in Europe than in Asia, but one definition of Europe marks the Caucasus mountains as its border, placing Georgia in Asia. Either manner, there at the moment are direct flights from London taking simply over 4 hours. And, for meals, it is extremely a lot price it. Cuisine is hard-wired into the Georgian soul and within the capital, Tbilisi, eating places supply spicy salsa-like adjika, plates of pickled chillies, trout tartare, bowls of spinach pkhali (a minced vegetable dip) and – the final word Georgian consolation meals – khachapuri, canoe-shaped tacky bread with a wobbling, nearly uncooked egg within the centre. Tbilisoba is the birthday of the Georgian capital, the place locals have a good time with dancing, partying and large Georgian feasts.
Stay: Betsy’s Hotel (doubles from £59 B&B)

Falmouth Oyster Festival, Cornwall

Woman serving oysters Oyster Festival Falmouth

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11-14 October 2018
Celebrating Cornwall’s native Fal oyster and the beginning of the bivalve season, Falmouth Oyster Festival means 4 days of slurping on these delicate and briny molluscs. There’s the standard providing of crafts and actual ales but in addition wine and seafood bars, and occasions resembling a working boat race, grand oyster parade, shucking competitions and an oyster draw.
Stay: the restored Chain Locker (doubles from £104 B&B), on the quayside in certainly one of Falmouth’s oldest buildings

So Good Festival, Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux S.O Good, France.

16-18 November
Prestigious wine apart, the port metropolis of Bordeaux, in south-west France, has glorious oysters, saffron, mushrooms, white asparagus, macarons and ethereal dunes blanches de Bordeaux – tiny choux buns full of cream. It additionally advantages from being comparatively near the Gers area, with its duck dishes, tomatoes from Marmande and asparagus from Blaye, caviar from native sturgeon farms and prunes from Agen. You can get a style for the meals of south-west France at Bordeaux S.O Good, a serious gastronomic pageant showcasing native producers and cooks. Expect loads of artisanal black pudding, cheese, sausages, croustades and wines.
Stay: All Suites Bordeaux-Marne (studio for 2 from £68 room-only)

Csabai Sausage Festival, Békéscsaba, Hungary

Sausage festival; food; Hungary

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19-22 October 2018
Hungary produces sausages so good that a complete nation tour may very well be organized spherical them, however severe sausage followers should look out for csabai sausages, made within the south-eastern metropolis of Békéscsaba. Granted Protected Geographical Status, it’s a spicy sausage, laced with paprika, and yearly in October Békéscsaba celebrates it with its Csabai Sausage Festival. As effectively as numerous sausage tastings, the pageant provides a stuffed cabbage cooking contest, a collection of live shows and a youth sausage competitors anticipated to draw as much as 250 younger groups.
Stay: Arcanum Hotel, with its restaurant specialising in Hungarian delicacies (doubles from £93 half-board)

National Chestnut Festival, Cuneo, Italy

Pan of chestnuts at Fiera del Marrone, Cuneo,

19-21 October 2018
The most outstanding ingredient of this weekend pageant could also be chestnuts, however the Cuneo National Fair is certainly one of Italy’s most necessary meals festivals, showcasing advantageous Piedmont produce from ravioli and pancakes to polenta and crepes. Cuneo’s chestnuts are world well-known and there’s loads of alternative to attempt them roasted straight from braziers lining town streets, however don’t miss the candy marrons glacés (candied chestnuts).
Stay: Cuneo Hotel (doubles from £54 B&B) within the historic centre

Truffle pageant, Istria, Croatia

Fantastic white truffles

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20-21 October 2018
The Istrian peninsula in northern Croatia has a glut of gourmand treats, from asparagus and prust (prosciutto) to octopus and sardines, however truffles are the true stars. Along with Piedmont in Italy and Perigord in France, north-west Istria produces premium-grade truffles. Every autumn, from September to November, expert truffle hunters search the darkish forests across the cities of Motovun and Buzet, led by extremely skilled canine adept at sniffing out truffles hidden within the soil. Livade, a famend truffle village close to Motovun, hosts the annual Tuberfest celebrating the area’s well-known truffles with auctions, reside cooking demonstrations and a white truffle truthful. Local delicacies embody pasta topped with truffles and truffle-infused ice cream.
Stay: Istarske Toplice in Livade (doubles from £38 B&B)

Chilli Festival, Espelette, France

Espelette Pepper Festival, Basque Country

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27-28 October
Espelette pepper, the cornerstone of Basque delicacies and rating simply Four,000 on the Scoville scale (roughly the identical as a jalapeño), is harvested late summer season across the French-Basque city of Espelette. This annual pageant, organised by the Confrérie du Piment d’Espelette, celebrates the chilli pepper and its manufacturing with choir live shows, blessings at church buildings and huge banquets that includes peppery native dishes resembling stews and chocolate truffles. Don’t miss native speciality pipérade, sautéed peppers and tomatoes with egg.
Stay: Relais du Silence Argi Eder, a 25-minute drive away (doubles from £100 room solely)

Saffron Rose Festival, Consuegra, Spain

Crocus competition, Fiesta de la Rosa del Azafran,

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27-28 October
In central Spain’s Castilla-La Mancha, the place Cervantes set the fictional journeys of Don Quixote, meals is taken critically. Manchego cheese, garlic and superior shepherd’s fashion game stews take centre stage, however saffron is the ingredient most ingrained in the neighborhood. At the Saffron Rose Fiesta, held since 1963, there’s a “Grinding of Peace and Love” ceremony at a 16th-century windmill, and aggressive separation of crimson saffron threads from the purple crocus flowers. Saffron goes effectively in a surprisingly giant variety of dishes, from custard tarts to aioli, and the pageant is an efficient excuse to discover all of them.
Stay: Centrally positioned Hostal Restaurante San Poul (doubles from £48 room-only)

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