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Jet2 has announced new weekly flights between Edinburgh and Pula, Croatia and increased the number of flights from Manchester to Pula starting from May 2014. www.jet2.com

TAP Portugal now offers 15 flights a week from the UK to the Cape Verde Islands, via Lisbon, with the Boa Vista route joining an already extensive weekly schedule including six flights to Sal, five to Santiago / Praia and two to Sao Vicente. The new route will also further expand TAP’s existing connections, via Lisbon, to 75 destinations in 35 countries worldwide including Africa and North and South America. www.flytap.com

Commencing 30 March 2014, BA will fly from London Gatwick to Malta International Airport with daily direct flights.

BA is also increasing its number of departures between London Gatwick and Dubrovnik.

www.britishairways.com

Norwegian Air has announced it will launch new routes from London Gatwick to New York, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale from July 2014. Two weekly flights will operate between LGW and LAX and between LGW and Fort Lauderdale (FLL) while three weekly flights will operate between LGW and JFK. Introductory fares start at £149 one way to New York, £179 one way to Fort Lauderdale and £199 one way to Los Angeles.

Norwegian Air is also increasing its number of departures between London Gatwick and Dubrovnik. www.norwegian.com

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The Epicurean Hotel in Tampa’s SoHo district is opening its doors. With its state of the art culinary theatre, its own wine shop, patisserie, restaurants and roof top bar, it can truly claim to be a foody paradise and a wine lover’s dream.

Whether guests want to learn how to cook or about wine appreciation, or how to make cocktails, or whether they just wish to enjoy the treats served by the kitchens and bars this hotel is perfectly equipped.

Its 137 guest rooms and suites, a blend of urban chic and comfort, offer the latest technology as well as having their own pantries.

To celebrate the hotel’s opening various special events have been planned for the weekend of Friday 17 – 19 January featuring receptions and dinners along with tastings and classes hosted by industry experts and celebrities. Visit www.epicureanhotel.com

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New food and wine tours for Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

There are three new ways to explore Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula with exceptional food and wine tours launched by Green Olive at Red Hill and The Private Tour Guide. The tours include ‘Meet the Farmer and Chef’, ‘The Chefs Secrets’ and ‘The Farmers Lunch’ and combine tours to local wineries, strawberry farms and cooking classes with optional activities like visiting  the Peninsula’s hot springs. Tours start from A$260 (approximately £154) per person. www.greenolive.com.au

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Above & Beyond, the award-winning Chinese restaurant on the 28th floor of Hotel ICON in Kowloon, Hong Kong is serving up a Cantonese-inspired afternoon tea.

The Dim Sum Afternoon Tea, devised by Executive Chef Joseph Tse, starts with a Sweetened Almond Cream with Lotus Seeds and Lily Bulbs to invigorate the palate, then seven dim sum specialties take centre stage including a Crispy-fried Puff stuffed with Prawns; Pork Dumpling with Halibut and Black Mushroom; Mushroom Dumpling with Pumpkin; Crispy Taro Cake; Crab Meat Puff; Baked Goose Liver and Pineapple Puff; and Smoked Duck Breast delicately layered in a Steamed Bun.

A selection of melt-in-the-mouth sweet treats hand crafted by Executive Pastry Chef, Danny Ho, follows, including a Chestnut Crème Brûlée; Raspberry Lemon Cheese Ball; Blueberry Tea with Chocolate Brownie ; Sesame Tuille and several other temptations.

Dim Sum Afternoon Tea will be served every Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday between 3:00pm to 5:30pm, priced £39 per couple and accompanied by a choice of tea or brewed coffee. Reservations: www.hotel-icon.com.

From 1 October to 11 November, The Channel Island of Guernsey will hold its 15th annual Tennerfest, which will see restaurants in Guernsey and its sister island Sark offer all inclusive menus starting from £10, with savings of almost 50%. This gives the islands’ restaurants the chance to promote their quality gastronomic product and local specialities for fantastic value prices.

All Tennerfest participants offer innovative menus focusing on local produce, freshly caught fish and Guernsey specialties such as Guernsey Gâche, a fruit loaf often served with Guernsey butter; the traditional ‘bean jar’, a one pot meal cooked overnight and made of beans, pork belly and onions; Gâche Méléé, which is similar to an apple cake; crab patties, Guernsey cheese and locally brewed beer.

With inflation, the ‘tenner’ of 15 years ago means that menus start at £10 but there are also fixed price menus at £12.50, £15, £17.50 and £20. Menus will be available from late September at www.tennerfest.com; also visit www.visitguernsey.com

The Arundel Food Festival, takes place 19 and Sunday 20 October, with other events throughout the town and surrounding countryside from 21 - 27 October. The Festival is a community-led celebration of local food and drink. Its aims include building a more sustainable community by means of reconnecting with the local landscape - its farmers and food producers; promoting locally produced, seasonal food and drink and encouraging people to shop locally. Activities include food tastings, cookery demonstrations, brewery visits and family fun events. www.arundelfoodfestival.org.uk

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