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.
A festival in the city of Beethoven’s birth. The heart of the Bonn Beethovenfest is the music of Ludwig van Beethoven.
Pohorje Ultra Trail. Recreational sports and humanitarian events, with a multi-year tradition.
POW! WOW! Festival is the best-known street art festival in the world. Apart from music, in September each year, there’ll be a whole lot of street art to be enjoyed during POW! WOW! Rotterdam.
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.
Organic Live Fest is a festival of sustainable development with content designed to help raise awareness of every individual to live a healthy lifestyle
Belgrade together with Guitar Art Festival will be the world capital of guitar and music.
ARLEMM is a cultural and educational manifestation that brings together the most eminent artists, professors and lecturers from different fields of art.
Amsterdam’s Light Festival returns each year to illuminate the city’s streets and waterways with bewitching light installations by international artists.
Very diverse lineups that spread over 20 different stages and the additional 20 zones in the priceless scenography of the colossal 18th century Petrovaradin fortress, built upon a rock looking over the Danube to the charming city of Novi Sad, are one of the EXIT’s distinctive features that again left many lost for words.
Founded in 1967 BITEF (Belgrade International Theatre Festival) has continually followed and supported the latest theatre trends, becoming thus one of the biggest and the most important European festivals.
Signal Festival is a four-day festival of light art and emerging technologies in Prague.
The Viennale is Austria’s most important international film event.
In September, Ghent Flanders Festival kicks off the cultural season with OdeGand.
Ice Music Festival Norway returns to the dark, exotic mountains of Finse.
Tromsø International Film Festival is a very popular film festival, and an important meeting point for Norwegian and international film industry.
A musical experience in Litomyšl, the birthplace of the founder of Czech national music, Bedřich Smetana. The main program consists of opera productions, concert versions of operas, gala concerts, oratorios, cantatas and songbook evenings.
The key wine and culinary festival in Slovenia in honour of the Oldest Vine in the World. Wine and food, culture and entertainment. The Old Vine Festival is a culinary and cultural tribute to the oldest vine in the world, which grows on Lent, the oldest part of Maribor.
MetalDays Festival will present you a friendly and absolutely relaxed atmosphere, perfect for you to just forget about all the worries and enjoy your most likely best holiday ever! Over the years, MetalDays festival has become a synonym for real music festival holidays.
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.
This international music festival takes place over the course of four weeks during July and August in the historic jewel of South Bohemia – Český Krumlov. The venues include interesting venues, in particular, the unique areas of the Castle and Château of Český Krumlov.
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival has grown into one of the biggest film festivals in Northern Europe and one of the busiest regional industry platforms, hosting more than 1000 guests and industry delegates and around 120 journalists. The festival screens approximately 250 features and over 300 shorts and animations, and attracts the attendance of 80 000 people annually.
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.
Young Chef Award is a competition organized and promoted by the International Institute of Gastronomy.
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.
Food Festival is a gathering point for everyone interested in food, a place where you will be entertained and challenged. It gathers the best Danish and Nordic breeders, growers and chefs who aspire to create high quality food in balance with nature. Food Festival will fill your stomach as well as your heart and mind. Come an enjoy food delights in Aarhus on September 2th 2022!
A festival of street food that shines the light of the old markets, a concentration of flavors, smells, colors, voices, each year overwhelms the old town of Trapani.
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.
Denmark is fast becoming an international food hotspot, with award-winning chefs, award-winning restaurants and of course the famous smørrebrød. But there’s 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.
Every September tens of thousands of people visit Buda Castle to celebrate wine at Hungary’s greatest wine festival. In the unique setting hundreds of exhibitors showcase their wines from all around Hungary and even from a few foreign countries. Even if you are not the wine expert, the ambience and the programs guarantee an unforgettable time spent in Budapest!
Biggest festival of sweets in Hungary is also an event recorded by the professionals throughout Europe. The sweetest weekend of the year is held at Buda Castle in the middle of September every year since 2011.
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.
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’!
Wine has been part of Cyprus history for thousands of years! The island has been a vine-growing and wine-producing country for millennia while the local Commandaria wine is considered the world’s oldest named wine still in production. During wine harvest, a number of wine-producing villages organise various events dedicated to grape and its produces.
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.
The Development Society of Gruyères-Moléson organizes the Cheese Festival in the heart of the medieval town of Gruyères.
A food and wines exhibition with the best products of the area of Novi Ligure will be organized between 2-4 December 2022.
The 24th edition of the festival features products and tasty delights from Certaldo.
During the second fortnight in July, Tortosa celebrates the Renaissance Festival.The Festival commemorates the splendour of the city in the 16th century, a peak time in the history of Tortosa, by offering a wide programme of entertainment and cultural activities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Experience the union between tradition and modernity of Portuguese cuisine.
Umeå Taste Festival was celebrated for the first time in 2014 as the city was designated as the European Capital of Culture in 2014. A variety of street food, merchants, as well as local and regional producers all contribute to make the event a celebration of the food culture. Umeå Taste Festival is divided into different thematic areas so as to be atractive for both visitors and exhibitors.
Come to Bertrix in Wallonia (Belgium) and discover many sorts of wines from various regions in Europe.
Come and celebrate the 87th edition of the White Truffle Festival in Alba, Italy from 6th October until 25th November.
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.
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.
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.
The Mercat del Bolet de Cal Rosal takes place every autumn at Cal Rosal, (Olvan, Berguedà) and is one of the oldest and best-known in Catalonia. It is open every day from 10 am until 7 pm. Visitors will find stalls with fresh, dried and preserved mushrooms as well as mushroom risottos, pastas, oil and pâtés plus cured meats, cheeses, yogurt, eggs and honey from Berguedà.
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.
A taste of Värmland is the festival which shows and celebrates the local food of Värmland. It takes place in Mariebergsskogen, the city park of Karlstad, on the 24th and 25th of September. It is a tradition since 2011 and 16 000 visitors are expected at the festival this year.
The Harvest Festival takes place on the peninsula of Värmlandsnäs in the middle of Lake Vänern. It’s a weekend that celebrates food and crafts traditions of the Swedish countryside. Welcome to an amazing weekend!
Some of Scotland’s best street food vendors and producers join Edinburgh’s festivals for the first time this year, showcasing their wares in the George Square Gardens, the hub of Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
ButeFest is a brand new event that will take place in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute featuring live music, food, craft beer and cider, family activities and free camping facilities.
The city of Ílhavo will host another edition of Sea Feasts that include the mythical Codfish Festival, dedicated to one of the most important ingredients of Portuguese cuisine.
The Wine Harvest Festival of Rioja Alavesa is a road show festival started in 1994 in the town of Laguardia, will hold its main act on the 18th of September in the town of Labastida. This massive event aims to inform visitors about the municipalities, their lifestyle and principally about wine as the main product of rural development in the region.
The small medieval town of Grevenmacher, in Luxembourg’s Moselle Region, provides the pretty scenery offered while enjoying the internationally well known Luxembourg wines and crémants, at the occasion of one of the most popular festivals all over the region. The traditional Wine and Grape Festival offers a unique choice to taste them while discovering this pretty village with its narrow streets, handsome winegrower’s houses and a region that stimulates all senses.
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.
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 small town of Cabaces in county Priorat celebrates its annual Olive Oil Fair usually around the 7th December during harvest time. The cultivation of olives has been taking place for thousands of years in this area. The predominant variety grown in the region is Arbequina. The extra virgin olive oil produced here is marketed under the Siurana Protected Designation of Origin.
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.
Abergavenny Fine Food Festival is one of the biggest events on the UK’s food calendar and every September transforms this picturesque town in the south east of Wales to a centre for gastronomy lovers. The town is a mecca for foodies, but there’s so much more to explore and the festival is the perfect excuse to do so.
Each year, Sweden’s most popular autumn festival, Öland’s Harvest Festival (Ölands Skördefest) attracts thousands of visitors. The festival is for those wanting to be part of the revival of the ancient Michaelmas tradition and enjoy its large feasts. It brings a vibrancy to Öland Island and celebrations are held across the Island, from the Long Erik lighthouse on the Island’s northern tip to the Long Jan lighthouse on the southern tip.
Kravji Bal is the greatest fest of Bohinj’s municipality. It’s a traditional event that has been presenting over the last 60 years the local tradition, habbits, food and artifacts. It’s one of Slovenia’s greatest events. On a day before, on Saturday, there is a great Cheese and Wine fest which starts at noon and ends at midnight, so you can have rest for the Kravji Bal.
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!
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.
Munich is internationally well known because of Oktoberfest, the biggest beer festival in the world and the biggest popular feast in Germany, with more than six million visitors annually. A paradise for beer lovers (with 14 beer tents to choose from each one more awesome than the other). It’s the perfect place to discover the authentic ambience of a German feast.
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.
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.
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.
Every September since 1954, the city of Clarenbridge celebrates the king of seafood with a festival of food, entertainment, music, dancing and most of all a festival of fun with the Oyster at its centre.
The Festa de la Verema takes place during the second weekend of September and includes a whole series of celebratory activities such as the blessing of the first must, treading the grapes, a food and wine fair, crafts stalls, winery tours, wine-tasting courses, competitions, dances, fireworks and many more events over the three days, filling the town with entertainment and promoting the culture of wine-making.
Poboleda celebrates one of the most popular events in the Priorat wine diary: Festa del Vi i la Verema a l’Antiga (the Old Fashioned Wine Harvest Festival), which is planned for mid September every year and is the longest-standing event organized for the Priorat Protected Designation of Origin.
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!
Cous Cous Fest is the International Festival of Cultural Integration, an important appointment that is renewed for seventeen years, involving in its festive atmosphere all countries of the euro-Mediterranean area.
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!
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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
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.
Bruges and gastronomy have long been inextricably linked. The city counts no fewer than 12 Michelin stars so it has the right to call itself the Mecca for gourmets. At Kookeet over twenty top Bruges chefs introduce you to some highly diverse gastronomic gems.
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.
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.
Every summer, the City and the Regional Unit of Rethymno co-organize the “Cretan Diet Festival”, an open-air gastronomic event at the Municipal Garden.
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.
Each year in September, wine and champagne lovers have an opportunity to celebrate the harvest of the Riesling Open in the Moselle River Valley. This is a weekend event of wine and champagne tasting with an entertainment program centred in four villages of the Wine Route: Ehnen, Wormeldange, Ahn and Machtum. It is the perfect occasion to experience the well known wines and champagnes of this popular wine region.
Over the years, this national event has become a must in relation to top-quality products for all those who appreciate good food.
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.
The Bordeaux Wine Festival is for those who love wine and food and like celebrating them both in a wonderful atmosphere. It is a four-day-long event focuses on the wines from the Bordeaux and Aquitaine Regions. It is the perfect occasion to experience the world of wine culture in its varied manifestations and to also discover the architectural beauty of Bordeaux (listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO), its cultural assets and the surrounding vineyards.
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.
The northern region of Montenegro is covered by high mountains and the soil is convenient for some special cultures such as forest fruits, blueberry or edible mushrooms, as well as wild medicinal herbs. Blueberries are part of the landscapes and a much appreciated ingredient in a lot of recipes and dishes. In honor of them, Plav celebrates the Blueberry Days Festival in July, an international event that brings together gastronomy and folklore and is considered to be one of the best tourism events in Montenegro.
Dürkheim Sausages Fair (Wurstmarkt) is internationally well known as the world’s biggest wine festival and is one of the most popular culinary feasts in Germany. The event has a long history of nearly six hundred years and it mostly celebrates the excellent local wines with a lot of tastings. In fact, the region is the largest wine region in the country. It takes place from 9 to 13 September 2022 and from 16 to 19 September 2022.
The city of Dobele, in Latvia, is very popular for two reasons: firstly for the large number of days it is filled with sunshine – more than anywhere else in the country; and secondly for the delicious apples produced there that has earned the town the nickname “The Apple Capital”. At the beginning of October, Dobele celebrates a very popular annual festival in honour of this local symbol, with lots of gastronomic activities.