The San Miniato National White Truffle Market; is held here every year during the last three weekends of November. It is an important, internationally recognised fair that hosts many gastronomic and cultural events.
The holiday of the Elena pork ham is a yearly tradition and is organized by the local tourism council and the Elena municipality. The main idea is to revive the forgotten tradition of the Elenian fair that was held on Dimitrovden – a big Christian holiday.
Aegina, the island of the pistachio, hosts the annual “Fistiki Festival” in September. The trade fair set up along the harbour of the island is the core of the event. Around 60 stands offer a great quantity of fistiki (pistachio) as well as its derivatives and a variety of traditional local agricultural products.
The internationally acknowledged festival, recorded in the book of world records as well, is a genuine fiesta. The celebration of fish soup and friendship takes place on the second Saturday of July.
This market, taking place in Bulle, every Thursday of July and August (Wednesday if Thursday is a holy day), is the best way to discover a region and its inhabitants. The season for the folk market is summer.
Cyprus has been famous for its herbs since antiquity. Due to its geology, geographical position and climate, more than 600 herb species can be located on the island thus making it a botanical heaven! The Lavender festival is held every year on the picturesque Platres village on the Troodos Mountains.
Taking place annually between June and August, the Athens and Epidaurus Festival features a top line-up of Greek and international theatre, drama, opera, music and dance performances, held at various historic and modern venues across Athens as well as at Epidaurus in the Peloponnese.
Every third Sunday of May, the Italian town of Monterosso al Mare celebrates lemons during the Festa del Limone! The festival brings together the whole community to decorate the village with numerous variations of typical local products, as mentioned by Montale in his poems.
The Taste of Antwerp is the biggest culinary festival in Antwerp. The festival has been substantially growing every year. The great selection of participating top restaurants, the beautiful location next to the Schelde, and the creative execution (decoration, fresh herbs, wooden plates) make this festival one of the top culinary festivals in Belgium.
In the heart of the Pitsilia region, lies the Agros village, situated in a beautiful valley where wild roses grow on the hillsides; it is a picturesque destination that is well worth a visit. During the month of May, at the peak of rose bloom, the village celebrates its popular Rose Festival. The event features traditional food, wine, and rose by-products and it offers visitors the perfect excuse to explore this village full of historical and cultural sites and the surrounding scenic countryside.
The Honey and Wine Festival is traditionally organized in Negotin on May. The festival offers tasting and sales from the vineyards and apiaries, the proclamation of the best wine of the year, souvenir sales and a great program of culture and entertainment.
City Festival for Tomorrow’s Music, Arts and Ideas! Held each spring in Tallinn, Estonia since 2009, Tallinn Music Week (TMW) is a weeklong celebration of talent, curiosity, creativity and equality.
On the first Friday in May, Getaria will be hosting “Antxua Eguna” (Anchovy Day), an event that seeks to encourage people to taste anchovies and txakoli and take tours to discover the fishing industry and appreciate the people who work in it.
Banitsa is a Bulgarian layered pastry, which traditionally is filled with eggs and feta cheese and people usually have it for breakfast. In honor of its iconic Bulgarian gastronomic product, the small village of Branitsa, in northwest of the country, celebrates the “Festival of the Banitsa” every year. There visitors can taste not only the traditional recipe, but also a wide variety of choices, many of them really unusual.
The Priorat county celebrates its annual Wine Fair usually during the first weekend of May. It is dedicated to the two wine appellations of the county, the DOC Priorat and the DO Montsant. The wineries involved offer tastings of their wines in exchange for tasting tickets which can be purchased at the fair in the information tent. There are also parallel events taking place over the long weekend such as wine-tasting courses, cooking contests, wineries opening up for visitors and guided olive oil tastings.
For one week, Calahorra, Town of Vegetables, becomes a major gastronomic forum and meeting place for Spain’s best cooks. Throughout the week, and using the best quality vegetables, they produce the most innovative and appetizing dishes and snacks are produced and taste the best Rioja wines. Calahorra plays host to a fantastic festival at which gastronomy is the star.
Radovljica hosts the largest chocolate festival, and the only of its kind, in Slovenia. Every year producers from across Slovenia present their products at the festival together with a variety of cooking shows, workshops and presentations. As sweet as it gets!
In 2016, The Crystal Ship dropped anchor in Ostend. Ever since, the arts festival has turned the coastal town into Belgium’s leading open-air gallery, with over a dozen world-renowned street artists setting sail for it every year.
Ice Music Festival Norway returns to the dark, exotic mountains of Finse.
International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) offers a high-quality line-up of carefully selected fiction and documentary feature films, short films, and media art. The festival’s focus is on recent work by talented new filmmakers. However, within the four sections, the Festival presents, there is also room for retrospectives and themed programs. IFFR actively supports new and adventurous filmmaking talent through its co-production market, its Hubert Bals Fund, Rotterdam Lab, and other industry activities.
Tromsø International Film Festival is a very popular film festival, and an important meeting point for Norwegian and international film industry.
A food and wines exhibition with the best products of the area of Novi Ligure will be organized between 2-4 December 2022.
Amsterdam’s Light Festival returns each year to illuminate the city’s streets and waterways with bewitching light installations by international artists.
Over the years, this national event has become a must in relation to top-quality products for all those who appreciate good food.
The Festival del Xató is a unique opportunity to find out about the authentic Vilanova i la Geltrú Xató. The festival includes tasting of tapas made from local products that can be found in the Mercat Municipal del Centre (the town market).
For 19 years the Principality of Monaco has celebrated an exciting culinary event focused on local gastronomy delicacies and temptations in November each year. For three days, visitors can experience an incredible gastronomic tour, wander through hundreds of stalls tasting delicious authentic foods from the region and enjoy cooking shows and demonstrations.
Zivania is a traditional alcoholic beverage produced for centuries in Cyprus which has played an important role in the everyday life of the locals. With an alcohol content of 40-99%, it is no surprise that the island’s national drink of Zivania is also referred to as ‘firewater’!
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.
Young Chef Award is a competition organized and promoted by the International Institute of Gastronomy.
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!
In October, in the Capital City of Finland the biggest food and wine event in the country takes place. It’s held at the Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre (Mussekeskus) and it brings together international gastronomic delicacies that visitors can taste as well as culinary experiences. It is a real paradise for gastronomy lovers that runs over four days.
Experience the union between tradition and modernity of Portuguese cuisine.
Join hundreds of visitors interested in the cultural and gastronomic traditions of this unique area of the Southern Great Hungarian plain. Teams of sausage makers have to create the ultimate raw sausage against the clock, and a party atmosphere ensues as they compete for a small number of top places. Visitors can watch the fun and sample authentic local food and drink.
The Viennale is Austria’s most important international film event.
In Prague Coffee Festival for the first time visitors can expect not only one day show but two days full of coffee events! Visitors will have the chance to taste coffee from the Czech and foreign roasteries either on the Espresso bars or the Brewing Bars or in the form of cupping.
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!
Signal Festival is a four-day festival of light art and emerging technologies in Prague.
Come and celebrate the 87th edition of the White Truffle Festival in Alba, Italy from 6th October until 25th November.
Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, the world’s leading cava producing town, brings together the top cava producers every year at Cavatast. Cavatast has tasting areas where you can enjoy sampling a variety of cavas and try the flavours of the food on offer, too. Cavatast also has a store set up in a central shopping area to make it easy for visitors to purchase the many cavas on display, as well as a busy schedule of related activities and specialised workshops led by wine professionals.
Vino in Festa is a month-long celebration that mixes wine and culture in the South Tyrolean Wine Road. The programme invites people to discover the flavours and colours of these famous wines and also the historical villages around the Wine Route. The event ends with the Cellar Wine Night, a dream for wine lovers that includes visits to cellars, walks among the vineyards, outdoor cooking and entertainment.
The Bufet Potato Market takes place every Sunday in October from 9 am in the morning until 2 pm in the afternoon in the Plaça de la Rectoria d’Orís. Besides buying this particular variety of potato, there are many activities to be enjoyed throughout the day such as tasting sessions of dishes based on the Bufet potato and other fun activities for all ages.