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Virginia boasts over 200 wineries and vineyards, plus several breweries, and is recognised as one of the top wine destinations in the United States. The Red, White & Brew Trail travels through Nelson County, showcasing the very best of Virginia’s craft beers and even wines and ciders. The trail includes four fine craft beer breweries, 10 of Virginia’s top wineries, a hard apple cidery and an array of quality restaurants offering local cuisine. Highlights along the trail include the Blue Mountain Brewery, known for its flagship Full Nelson craft beer, Blue Mountain Barrel House, which offers tastings of a variety of Virginian beers and features complimentary tours, andDevils Backbone Brewery, where travellers can enjoy local cuisine alongside a tasting. Other highlights include Afton Mountain Vineyards, which showcases an ancient wine making technology using a unique gravity processing system and a wine storage cave, and Virginia's oldest continuously operating winery, the beautiful Mountain Cove Vineyards.

August festivities during Virginia Craft Beer Month include Virginia Craft Brewers Fest - 24 August, which celebrates Virginia’s fine craft beer at the Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company with live music, local food, tastings, yard games and even overnight camping. Alternatively, discover the 16thMircofestivus Festival in Elmwood Park, Roanoke on 24 August , a celebration of Virginia craft beer featuring live music and bands, local cuisine and over 120 beer vendors. Other exciting events includeThirstday Thursday’son 8 August in Waynesboro, a special tasting event pairing delicious appetisers with Virginia beers and beers from around the world, as well as tastings in breweries across Nelson County.Visit www.CapitalRegionUSA.co.uk

On Sunday 8 September Saas-Fee will host the eighth Nostalgic Culinary Mile, when the valley’s hotels and restaurants invite guests to dine at what must be the longest table in the Valais bringing the traditions and customs of the Saas Valley to life.

The Culinary Mile offers food fans over 30 different menus, some of which feature traditional dishes with rather odd names, like “Greibe”, “Cholera” and “Saaser z’Vieri”. Those who can’t choose can opt for a pass that enables them to sample small portions of five different dishes. This “Genusspass” is available to buy onsite at the Culinary Mile. Visit www.saas-fee.ch

Sardine Festival - 6 to 11 August. This festival offers the chance to enjoy the tasty grilled sardines for which Portimão is renowned. Visitors can also take organised boat trips and fishing excursions, sample all types of local food and wine at market stalls, or simply relax in one of the many sardine restaurants in the picturesque square. In the evenings, there’s live music and firework displays across the town, and even sardine-eating competitions! www.visitalgarve.pt / www.algarvepromotion.pt

Every year the Salzburg Festival, running until 1 September, transforms the city into a cultural Mecca. This year’s Festival will see an amazing 220 events at 14 venues!

For a gastronomic complement visit the St Peter Stiftskeller for a Mozart dinner concert in the Baroque Hall. The Amadeus Consort Salzburg performs popular selections from The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni in historic costumes during which the guests enjoy a three-course meal that offers a contemporary interpretation of 17th and 18th century dishes.

www.stpeter-stiftskeller.at

Celebrity chefs Mitch Tonks and Anton Piotrowski, winner of MasterChef Professional 2012, will be holding master cookery demonstrations during the 10th anniversary celebrations at Plymouth’s Flavour Fest. The event, the South West’s largest food and drink festival, returns to the City Centre’s Piazza from 16 - 18 August. 

This year Flavour Fest will feature additional trading stalls which will stretch through the heart of Plymouth’s city centre from the Kitchen Theatre on the Piazza, to Place de Brest where the Real Ales and Wines area will be located. Visit: www.visitplymouth.co.uk/whats-on

Brogdale Cider Festival, Faversham

The annual BrogdaleCider Festival taking place 24 -25 August is the opportunity to learn about different artisan ciders. Visitors can enjoy cider making demonstrations and talks, local foods, a hog-roast, orchard tours and festive entertainment. A shuttle bus will be operating to and from Faversham Station during the festival. Open daily 10am to 5pm. Adults - £8, Child - £4, Family ticket - £20. www.ciderfestivalkent.co.uk

Shepherd Neame Brewery Tour and tutored tasting, Faversham
(Variety of dates and times in August)

Take a guided tour of Shepherd Neame – Britain’s oldest brewer. See the traditional mash tuns; taste natural mineral water from the brewery’s well; try some malted barley; smell locally-grown Kentish hops; see bygone delivery vehicles and step into a recreated cooper’s workshop. Finally there’s a fascinating tutored tasting of Kentish ales and speciality lagers. Tours run most days but advance booking is strongly recommended. Allow 2 hours for the visit.

Adult - £11.50, Child (12 to 17 years) - £7.50. Please note minimum age is 12. www.shepherdneame.co.uk

Free guided Biddenden Vineyard Tours
(Selected Saturdays and Wednesdays)

Biddenden Vineyard is Kent’s oldest commercial vineyard, having been established by the Barnes family in 1969 to produce wines and ciders. Arrive at the vineyard at 9.45 for a free cup of coffee, the tour begins at 10am. There’s also an opportunity to taste wines, ciders and juices in the vineyard shop afterwards. Pre-booking is essential - 01580 291726. www.biddendenvineyards.com

Newcastle Gateshead is celebrating another festival of adventures in food, championing the best produce and cooking in the North East – against a backdrop of one of the region’s most iconic views – from 23 August – 8 September.

Visit the Speakeasy & Salon with its food and drink and four day programme of master classes, talks, tastings, experiments, demonstrations, workshops and screenings; Get hooked on fishing; take the children along to the Eat! Cook School for Kids @ Fenwick; see the giant edible map of NewcastleGateshead; experience some of Roald Dahl’s deliciously Revolting Recipes; meet tomorrow’s young chefs; watch foody movies; go foraging plus lots, lots more; truly something for all the family to enjoy. Visit www.EATNewcastleGateshead.com

This year’s celebration of all things chilli held in the lovely grounds of West Dean, near Chichester takes place 9 -11 August. New for this year is the facility for on-site camping and an eclectic mix of late night entertainment.

Along with the food, stalls, cookery demonstrations and children’s entertainment will be chilli growing demonstrations – the glasshouses in the Walled Gardens grow over 150 varieties. Tickets and full details from www.westdean.org.uk

The National Glass Centre has opened the doors of its Brasserie following a major refurbishment, introducing a sleek new décor, new menus, and even its own speciality beer named St Rupert's Drop.There is a range of day time specials available Monday to Friday between 10am and 5pm, featuring breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, as well as a 'grab and go' selection. The Brasserie is also open every Friday and Saturday evening from 7-11pm, with an early evening special from 5-7pm on Fridays. www.nationalglasscentre.com

Spianata&Co® adds real Roman Coffee to Menu

It took some time to craft the perfect Spianata® sandwich - Rome’s most popular lunchtime choice - to the taste of hungry and choosy Londoners. Now Spianata®, an essential part of Roman life, is a hit in the City and in Mayfair with its six shops.

Along with all the goodies is now Spianata 80/20, a bespoke coffee blend which delivers the perfect Roman taste. Hand roasted, the blend is 80% high quality Arabica, with its smooth, fine aroma and taste, and 20% Robusta, to give the ‘crema’ on top of the coffee and deliver a ‘kick’ on the palate. This Roman-style coffee is served in a glass cup when drank on site, with a small glass of water on the side. It sells at £1.45 for a single espresso and at £1.75 for a double. The blend is also used for cappuccino, which comes as the shorter Roman cappuccino at £2.10 and as a standard 12 oz at £2.20. Packs of the Spianata® 80/20 blend are also on sale from the shops at £5.75. www.spianata.com

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