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Mangiardivino Cooking Holidays provides visitors with a unique and rare opportunity to live and experience the real life Tuscany whilst providing the best possible culinary vacation.

The company, started eight years ago, offers two different itineraries of three or five night all-inclusive cooking holidays. Enough time is allowed for guests to also discover Tuscany through excursions such as wine tours, truffle tours, and visits to medieval hamlets, etc. (NB: Flights not included.)

Accommodation is in charming private villas in some of the most beautiful areas of Tuscany.

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For full details, visit www.cookingholidayitaly.com; www.mangiardivino.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. quoting 'The Foody Traveller'.

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The inaugural ‘Al Meni’ food festival, takes place in Rimini’s Fellini Square 21-22 June. Spearheaded by the celebrated chef Massimo Bottura, whose restaurant Osteria Francesana is ranked the third best restaurant in the world , the event will feature a further 11 Italian chefs and 12 international chefs cooking with local delicacies such as Parmigiano Reggiano, Aceto Balsamico and Prosciutto di Parma. The Al Meni festival will incorporate a mixture of cooking demonstrations and artisan food stalls, culminating in an open-air group picnic on Sunday 22 June. www.riminiturismo.it

Pembrokeshire Fish Week takes place 28 June - 6 July. The festival includes cookery workshops, a Fish Fest, gourmet nights and tutored tastings, live music and hands on family activities plus tasty dishes to sample in the ‘Blas-y-tir' Feast on Fish pop-up restaurant.

There will also be several fishing trips and estuary cruises, and a chance to explore the coastal waters in a kayak. Competitions throughout the week range from angling, photography to art and craft. Visit www.pembrokeshirefishweek.co.uk, and www.visitpembrokeshire.com

EAT! Newcastle Gateshead holds its first event of 2014 – Tea & Cake Planet at The Boiler Shop on 28 and 29 June.

Expect artisan stalls, street food and workshops from the likes of Top Hat Tea Cakes, Northumberland Tea, Brownie Bar, Teasy Does it, Tea Owl, Tea Sutra, Marco Polo, Fat Friars, Wylam Brewery, with live music, DJs and tea dances throughout the weekend.

Book in for one of the pop-up tearooms from Fenwick & Ringtons, The *TeaShed, SIX @ BALTIC and The Vermont Hotel taking your pick from cocktails, champagne or even a Teddy Bear’s Picnic.

Plus the ever-popular Cake Book event returns with the whole blooming planet made out of cake!

For tickets and full information visit www.EATNewcastleGateshead.com

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The Green Island of San Miguel plays host to ‘10 Fest Azores’ 19-28 June, one of the largest and most important food festivals in Portugal.

Especially for 10 Fest Azores acclaimed and Michelin Star chefs from England, Spain, Portugal, France, Denmark, America and Canada will create their interpretations of modern Azorean cuisine.

Each international chef will head up a team of chefs from the Azorean School of Tourism & Hospitality Training for a night, as they compete to offer approximately 70 guests (each night) the best Azorean-influenced menu. The festival will also feature international barmen, winemakers and sommeliers.

Azorean cuisine is typified by local seafood dishes including squid, clams, tuna, swordfish, limpets and crabs, as well as local beef and meat dishes. These include ‘Cozido das Furnas’, a traditional stew containing local sausage, beef and a variety of vegetables which are cooked underground by the heat of a volcano in the village of Furnas. Each region also produces its own local cheese, which is often taken as an appetiser served with Azorean sweet bread. Local produce includes pineapples, bananas, guavas and passion fruits, teas, liquors, plus red wine and white wine grown on Pico Mountain. Visit www.taste.visitazores.com and www.visitazores.com

Madeira’s annual wine festival takes place 31 August - 7 September 2014 in Funchal. The four-day festival showcases the traditions of the wine harvest on the island and includes grape treading, traditional music and regional cuisine. www.visitmadeira.pt

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