Apple Festival

In southern Latvia, around 70 kilometres from Riga, lies the town of Dobele – a town that is well known for its delicious apples. In fact, Dobele is often called “The Apple Capital”.

At the Latvian State Fruit-Growing Institute, located in Dobele, a vast and beautiful breeding garden spanning over 45 hectares can be found. There are more than 5000 species and hybrids of fruit-bearing plants that are cultivated here, and it is home to many apple trees.

Dobele was obliged to hold The Apple Festival, held in Dobele if only for the number of apple trees grown there, is an annual celebration, held at the beginning of October, and is organised by the Latvian State Fruit-Growing Institute and the Dobele Municipality.

There are many programmed gastronomic activities during the event, such as apple exhibitions and tastings, a farmers’ fair, cooking demonstrations, and gardening advice, as well as concerts and games.

The festival provides the perfect occasion to discover Dobele – the town that enjoys the most days of sunshine in all of Latvia. Dobele is also known as the Metropolis of Lilacs, because it has one of the largest lilac gardens in all Europe.

Event October 2019

South Tyrolean Bread and Strudel Festival

Since 2003 the South Tyrolean Bread and Strudel Festival has been offering a vast variety of freshly baked bread and original South Tyrolean apple strudel. 20 bakeries and pastry shops offer local specialties from all areas of the region. The visitors have the opportunity to gain insight into the baking tradition of South Tyrol and to enjoy numerous delicacies made from local products in one of South Tyrol’s most beautiful squares, the cathedral square of Bressanone/Brixen.

Event August 2019

Madeira Wine Festival

This ancient Madeira wine making tradition, annually promoted in the local village of Estreito de Câmara de Lobos, combines various cultural activities with wine making rituals, such as the picking of the grapes, the carrying of grapes to the press and other traditions related to a typical Madeira feast, which are fully enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. At the same time, there are a variety of activities and entertainment taking place in downtown Funchal and connected with folklore and the traditional wine-making process.