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

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!

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


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.

This October gastronomes and wine enthusiasts can delve into Europe’s rich wine heritage with renowned expert, Oz Clarke. Oz will lead a host of wine travel experiences, taking in renowned vineyards throughout France, Spain and Portugal during the spectacular annual grape harvest and provide guests the opportunity to enjoy gastronomic experiences and improve their knowledge of wine through masterclasses.

The 12-night immersive holiday – designed to impress the palates of food and wine fans with some expert advice on hand – will allow guests to take advantage of the first-class restaurants and wine programmes onboard the recently refurbished Celebrity Cruises’ ship Celebrity Infinity whilst travelling between Europe’s top wine producing regions.

For more information and to book the European Immersive Wine Cruise and the packages visit Tel: 0844 493 6022

Brittany Ferries is now offering ‘three nights for the price of two’ at 35 of its most popular hotels in Brittany, Normandy and the Western Loire. Prices start at just £118 per person to include threenights’ B&B and return ferry crossings with a standard car. Plus a 15% discount on cabin accommodation. Travel dates from 15 October until 31 December 2013.

All breaks begin and end with a relaxing cruise across the Channel on one of Brittany Ferries’ services from Portsmouth, Poole and Plymouth to France. The ships are stylish and modern with comfortable bars, good restaurants and lounges. To book visit or call 0871 244 0439 quoting 342FRA

The Swiss ski train

Launched in 2012, Eurostar’s Swiss ski service transports skiers and snowboarders from St Pancras International and Ashford International to the heart of the Swiss Alps and the Valais region, with return fares starting from £179. This year, the route will run over five peak weeks during the 2013/2014 ski season including Christmas, New Year and February half term, and passengers can carry skis or snowboards all the way at no extra cost.

The French ski train

Eurostar’s popular direct day and night services to the French ski towns of Moûtiers, Aime-La-Plagne and Bourg St Maurice will run weekly from 20 December 2013 until 12 April 2014. with return fares starting from £149. 

Eurostar runs a Friday overnight service which arrives in the French Alps early on a Saturday morning and a return leg departing late on a Saturday evening - perfect for winter sports enthusiasts looking to maximise their time on the slopes.

Tickets and full information from, by calling 08432 186 186, or at Eurostar stations.

Enjoy an action packed day out at the Great Taste Festivals of Food and Drink coming to Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire on 21 and 22 September, and Donington Park, Derbyshire on 7 and 8 December.

There will be lots of interesting food and drink to sample and take home, as well as the opportunity to meet the award winning producers behind the brands, plus special guests, demonstrations and exciting dishes to try from a selection of bars, pop –up cafés, and more!

Visit the live Cookery Theatre offering expert advice with appearances by celebrity chefs and personalities such as Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood, Celebrity MasterChef winner Lisa Faulkner, Food Glorious Food judge Stacie Stewart, the Fabulous Baker Brothers. 

NB: Foody Traveller readers will receive 20% off ticket prices plus free entrance into Clumber Park by quoting the following codes when booking tickets. For Clumber Park in Sept, quote FTCP13, and for Donington Park in December, quote FTDP13. Both codes are valid on advanced online booking only and the code will expire on 30 August 2013. Book tickets via

The 12th Annual Miami Spice Restaurant Programme includes exciting culinary events and a record number of participating restaurants. Taking place 1 August – 30 September this year’s highly-anticipated culinary celebration is expected to feature close to 200 participating luxury and fine diningrestaurants in Greater Miami and the Beaches. For an up-to-date list of participating restaurants, menus, promotions and scheduled events visit

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