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Plymouth Seafood Festival takes place 20 – 22 September. This three-day celebration highlights the city’s enduring relationship with the sea and its traditional fishing industry, as well as its growing reputation as a food lover’s haven. Showcasing the fantastic quality of seafood available in Plymouth, both local and celebrity chefs will demonstrate creating a range of mouth-watering dishes from the catch of the day. www.visitplymouth.co.uk/oceancityfestival

North West Food Lovers Festival takes place18 – 20 October at EventCity, Urmston.

The festival will feature all the best chefs from across the North West and UK, as well as showing some of the very best produce available. Over 150 local, regional and UK food and drink producers will share their passion with you at this amazing foodie spectacular. There will be cooking classes for kids, wine seminars and of course chefs cooking up some spectacular dishes. nwfoodloversfestival.co.uk

Mary Berry, Britain’s favourite baker, is to top the bill at this year’s Malvern Autumn Show at the Three Counties Showground in Worcestershire on 28 September, as a special guest in the event’s popular Good Life Pavilion. The show takes place 28 and 29 September.

Although she will be sharing her top tips for delicious family cooking, she will also be talking about her passion for her own lovely garden.

The Good Life Pavilion will be home to five skilfully designed edible gardens. There’s also a brand new, complementary Plant Fair, for those with a real passion for unusual species grown by small specialist nurseries. The area is dedicated to promoting the secrets of living a happy, healthy life, beginning with the benefits of sowing, growing and eating produce from your own ‘back yard’ – even if that back yard is just a small collection of patio pots.

The show is also renowned for its celebration of country life, food and nostalgia on account of its mix of flowers, fruit and vegetables, crafts, local food with taste and quality shopping. www.threecounties.co.uk/malvernautumn

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The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) will celebrate harvest time with Taste of Autumn, a festival aimed at foodys, families and grow-your-own enthusiasts across all four RHS Gardens. The festival will take place over the weekend of 12-13 October at RHS Gardens Hyde Hall in Essex, Rosemoor in North Devon and Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire; and 16-20 October at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey.

The gardens will host stalls selling the best of local artisan produce from cheese and jam to heritage apples and wild mushrooms, as well as fruit and vegetables grown on site. Tastings, cookery demos, talks and book signings will also take place. Games and activities for children, and live music will create a festival atmosphere. For those keen to grow as well as eat RHS gardening experts and the advisory team will be on hand with tips and information. Visit www.rhs.org.uk

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The World Food Festival takes place in Rotterdam 18 September to 27 October. The festival will showcase the multi-cultural cuisine of the Dutch city and will bring together urban farmers, chefs, producers and scientists to present the culinary delights and wonders of Rotterdam. With over 170 cultures present in the port city it is a veritable melting pot of culinary diversity.

With large and small events, markets, tastings, workshops, interactive exhibitions, recommended city routes and harbour excursions, the World Food Festival will give visitors a chance to discover the various facets of the food production and distribution chain. The programme will explore culinary trends and the latest developments in the food industry, focusing in on world food issues, the impact of food on health and local initiatives striving to achieve sustainable food production. With a tempting menu of events and activities, the World Food Festival programme will do more than excite taste buds – it also aims to give food for thought!

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The Future Food House in Museumpark will be the heart of the World Food Festival and will offer a glimpse of the future of food, culinary trends and developments; and is also where 20 Dutch and international top chefs will be demonstrating, and presenting international flavours and the best of Rotterdam cuisine.

The new festival Rotterdamse Kost, (Rotterdam Cuisine) from 3 – 5 October is a tribute to Rotterdam snack bar classics. Including the best meatball in town - the mini Kapsalon (fries and shawarma on a bed of salad, with garlic sauce and a melted cheese topping) plus, lots of other finger-licking fast-food favourites.

There will also be the opportunity to get behind the scenes of the most extraordinary companies in Rotterdam’s food sector. There will also be a varied programme of mini food events – markets, tastings, workshops and exhibitions and pop- up restaurants. Throughout Rotterdam shops, restaurants, cafés and hotels will all be joining in with their own unique, exclusive World Food Festival speciality offerings. www.holland.com

Between 20 - 22 September, France will honour its gastronomy by celebrating its richness and diversity through a number of events and competitions

Recognised by UNESCO as a 'world intangible heritage', French Gastronomy is one of France's most precious cultural assets. The annual 'Fete de la Gastronomie' brings the country together around the theme of food, fun and festivities. This year the festival lasts for three days.

Some of this year's event highlights include: Large scale banquets including an 800 person banquet at the Palais des Papes in Avignon; Parties at the Grand Palais in Paris; '24 hour cooking race' in Le Mans; Cassoulet-cooking competition in Carcassonne; Picnics throughout the country where everyone is welcome; Various food lovers' trails; A national amateur cooking competition with Michel Guérard as its patron and a drawing competition for kids where top chefs will cook up surprise dishes for the winners.

This year 27 top chefs from the 27 regions of France have each agreed to create a simple, low cost (€5) gastronomic recipe. These recipes will be available to everyone on the website for free. The recipes will use seasonal and local produce, incorporate a symbolic element from other cultures to acknowledge culinary diversity, be creative and innovative to showcase the chef's skills and be simple and practical so that anyone, anywhere, can cook it using few utensils. For more information on the festival and a list of events, head to www.fete-gastronomie.fr

The Sauerkraut Festival at Brienne-le-Chateau -21 – 22 Sept: A popular annual event  with an agricultural show, parades, cattle auctions, performances all celebrating the various ways of cooking and preparing the local speciality of this small town in the Aube – one of the largest producers of Sauerkraut in France! www.brienne-le-chateau.fr

The Helsinki Baltic Herring Fair takes place 6 to 12 October. Baltic Herring Fairs have been held across the country in September and October every year since the 1600s, when fishermen sold their stocks directly off their boats and from market stalls. Dating back to 1743, the Helsinki Baltic Herring Fair is the largest of them all and is believed to be the oldest event still organised in the Finnish capital. A visit to the fair is the ideal way to sample one of Finland’s most renowned delicacies, from the traditional salted herring to a more exotic marinated variety. They can be eaten either on the go, with a piece of dark rye bread, or as part of a more substantial meal. Visit www.visithelsinki.fi/en

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Heston Blumenthal and Rick Stein will headline this year’s Margaret River Gourmet Escape, Western Australia’s beachside food and wine festival. More than 25 food and wine celebrities will work together to tantalise taste buds in uniquely impressive locations throughout the Margaret River Wine Region from the 22-24 November 2013. Ticket price varies depending on the event.  www.gourmetescape.com.au

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