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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 www.celebritycruises.co.uk/wine 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 www.brittanyferries.com/offers 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 www.eurostar.com, 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 www.festivaloffoodanddrink.co.uk

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 www.iLoveMiamiSpice.com

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

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