Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany
22ndSeptember – 7thOctober
Definitely one of the most famous food and drink events in the world, Oktoberfest has to make this list…although it does technically start in September. Beer, Bratwurst, strudel and steins – this is the ultimate beer-lovers’ festival and surely gets a spot on most people’s bucket lists. Besides plenty of beer, you’ll find rides and rollercoasters, games and food stalls and colourful parades. This is the ultimate celebration of traditional Bavarian food, dress and, of course, the world’s most popular alcoholic beverage.
Erdinger Oktoberfest London, UK
27thSeptember – 21stOctober
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No time to get to the airport? No problem! The Olympic Park in London is playing host to its very own beer-fuelled bash. Erdinger Weißbraü, the private beer company dating all the way back to 1886, is putting on a traditional beer garden and fun fair. So, don your lederhosen, arm yourself with a stein or two and sing and dance the night away! The authentic German food on offer, and waiters and waitresses flown in from Germany just for the event, help to transport you to Bavaria without having to suffer the pains of the EasyJet baggage queue…
Moldova Wine Day
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The country of Moldova has a culture steeped in viticultural history, so much so that they have a national wine day every single year! Events are concentrated in the first weekend of October and are concentrated largely in the National Assembly Square of Chisinau, the country's capital. Taste wine from over 60 producers and enjoy culinary tours, concerts and traditional craft stalls all over the city. It’s a wonderfully unique, joyous (and vinous occasion). Here are some other things you can get up to while you’re there.
Moldova Travel Guide!
Gastronomika, San Sebastian, Spain
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San Sebastian, and the Basque country in general, is somewhat of a culinary Mecca. Home to some of the best chefs and restaurants in the world, it’s practically guaranteed that any food festival here is going to be good. 2018 will be the 20thedition of Gastronomika, where truly great chefs deliver brilliant talks and masterclasses, accompanied by delicious tastings. This is true food festival heaven.
NYC Wine and Food Festival, New York, USA
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What began as a one-night event in 2007 has become a four-day, city-wide, food and wine extravaganza. More than 80 events see intimate dinners with renowned chefs, classes and seminars, wine tastings and late-night parties pop up all across New York. Not only is this a fantastic opportunity to experience the best food and wine the City has to offer in a myriad of marvellous venues, but 100% of the net proceeds benefit the No Kid Hungry campaign and Food Bank For New York City. This means you can gorge yourself to your heart’s content safe in the knowledge that your gluttony is contributing to a brilliant cause.