Regional tourist boards the world over have long known that creating food events and festivals to promote their locally grown produce is a good way to attract visitors during the ‘shoulder seasons’. And this autumn is no exception with dozens of events being planned and promoted. Here’s a selection that took our fancy and which give you a flavour for the breadth and depth of foodstuffs on show.
Earlier this week (16th to 25th October) Italy’s Umbria region hosted their annual Eurochocolate festival. The event, held in Perugia, included tastings, exhibitions, workshops and shows for ten days! In true Italian style, this year’s show was called ‘MustaChoc’ and was inspired by the mustache?!
Lovers of white truffles are spoilt for choice. You can either go to the White Truffle Fair in Acqualarna, Marche – where there are over 100 stands selling the product or the equivalent in Alba, Piedmont, which is the 85th time they have held the event.
If you’re going to the Piedmont event, you may as well hang around for a few more days and then attend their National Chestnut Fair, which is held in Cuneo, Piedmont, just two days later.
The French, not surprisingly, offer even more eclectic events. Lieurey, a town in Normandy is famous for its annual Herring Fair, an event which is celebrated on the 11th November.
The Hungarians have a Csabai Sausage Festival where you can help them celebrate the paprika-spiked Csabai sausage.
But if its chocolate that you’re after, then you really are spoilt for choice. As well as the Italian event, take your pick from the Salon du Chocolat event in Paris, the ChocolART festival in Germany, the London Chocolate Festival, the Salon Du Chocolat binge in Brussels, the Chocoa Festival in Amsterdam or the Salon du Chocolat held in Milan.
Phew. Who said the European don’t have a sweet tooth!