West Sweden Tourist Board has launched a new dedicated culinary website. The region is renowned for the wealth and quality of its natural, organic produce and offers many foody experiences to visitors. This includes setting off on seafood safaris all year round, tasting the best of the region’s home-grown produce at its charming farm shops and Taste of West Sweden-accredited restaurants - a network of 36 gastronomic eateries that make the most of local produce - and sampling ‘fika’ in Gothenburg’s trendy organic cafés.

Spread out over a vast expanse of verdant forest, ESPA at Resorts World Sentosa is a Destination Spa designed for the ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation experience. The first of its kind in Singapore, guests are invited to combine the spa experience with a luxurious lifestyle retreat, featuring wellness, fitness, cookery, spa and beauty programmes.

ESPA’s destination spa provides the opportunity to explore the depths of spa cuisine at Tangerine, the first celebrity chef-helmed spa café in Singapore. Pick up delicious and nutritious cookery skills from the resident nutritionist and celebrity chef Sam Leong.


Martini lovers in Fischers Fritz, the two-Michelin-starred restaurant at Regent Berlin, can now see their Martini prepared à la carte at their table with the only Martini trolley on the European mainland. Whether as an aperitif or as a cocktail in the Regent Bar, the skilled team is on hand to share their expert advice and mix the perfect drink. Bitter or sweet, classic or modern, shaken or stirred: the selection of six cocktails is available in a number of variations.

The Jordan Tourism Board has launched a new dedicated gastronomic microsite designed to showcase the country’s diverse culinary scene, as well as its warm Bedouin hospitality. Visit


The Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival, the ethos of sustainability – buy and eat local, is a two week celebration of the best food and drink in Suffolk, with the main festival happening on Saturday 28 to Sunday 29 September, followed by 50 fringe events, and a conference on food safety chaired by BBC Radio 4’s Sheila Dillon.

There is a packed programme of hands-on workshops from bread or pasta making, to wine and chocolate tasting.

There will also be demonstrations from leading chefs Valentine Warner, Sarah Raven, Paul Foster (Tuddenham Mill, Young Chef of the Year, Observer Food Monthly 2012), and Daniel Clifford (Midsummer House, Cambridge, 2 Michelin Stars). Visit

The School of Artisan Food at Welbeck, Notts is the UK's only not-for-profit company that offers professional and leisure short courses. Courses cover butchery, bakery, dairy, preserve-making, cider-making and some brewing; an Advanced Diploma in bakery; a Lottery-funded Local Food awareness programme for schools and bespoke and corporate courses.

Amongst the many courses offered is a two day Wild Yeast and Sourdough on 5 – 6 October. The School is giving away signed copies of ‘How to Make Bread’ written by the celebrated bread maker and tutor Emmanuel Hadjiandreou to anybody booking this course. Tel: 01909 532171

Learn the art of authentic Moroccan cooking at the luxurious hotel El Fenn with head chef Hafid Aid Chiba.

Courses are offered on a private basis, so guests will have Hafid and his expertise all to themselves.  Start the day at the famous Mellah market in the old Jewish quarter to source spices select the best of the day’s fresh produce, including vegetables, fish and meat.  Returning to the kitchen, guests learn a whole range of new skills, whether it be blending spices or the ritual of making mint tea. There is also a patisserie chef on hand for those who also wish to learn about desserts.  

A double room at El Fenn, including early morning tea/coffee, breakfast, afternoon tea, ranges from €185 to €550 per night.  The four-hour cookery class costs €55 including lunch. Tel 00212 524 44 1210

The Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan (one of the Dorchester Collection of luxury hotels) is launching a four-day Truffle Tasting Package whereby guests can experience a two-hour truffle hunt in the neighbouring Piedmont region; home to the finest Italian truffles. Additionally, guests will also be invited to dine at the Osteria dell’Arco restaurant for a three course lunch and enjoy complimentary entrance into the Club 10 Fitness and Beauty Center.

The package is available from 1 October to 30 November. For prices and details contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

Spend a weekend in Lille this autumn and enjoy a cookery lesson / lunch for a mere €17 with the celebrated Atelier des Chefs school. The price includes a 30-minute preparation session and a demonstration with the chef in a professional kitchen; then eat your lunch and a complimentary pudding in the dining room next door. Numbers are limited to groups of six – eight; longer lessons are available for a more hands-on experience. There is also a wonderfully stocked shop.

The school, on 74 boulevard de la Liberté, is a stone’s throw from the excellent Beaux Arts Museum, next only to the Louvre at Paris for its fabulous collections. Visit;

Travel with P&O Ferries and stay at the centrally located Hotel Up which offers sleek doubles with Nespresso Machines & Occitane amenities from €99 per night including breakfast.

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