• Food, Glorious Food!

    by  • May 12, 2014 • Amsterdam, Antwerp, Bratislava, City Breaks, Dublin, Festivals, Food & Drink, Helsinki, Milan, Prague, Stockholm, Vienna


    As the days get warmer and the evenings longer, so the myriad festivals of food get underway across the UK and Europe. Lucky enough as we are to be based in the glorious Cotswolds, there’s certainly going to be a staff member or two from Cities Direct in attendance at the hugely popular Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival taking place across the weekend of 13 – 15 June. And yet, scratch the surface and you’ll uncover an absolute smorgasbord of culinary-themed festivals to be experienced across the continent. So if it’s wine-tasting in Vienna, sampling Stockholm’s staple fare or checking out Czech cuisine in Prague, here’s ten events taking place across the cities of Europe, guaranteed to whet your appetite on a springtime short break (apologies, not all websites feature English translations)…

    Taste of Antwerp / Antwerpen Proeft (15 – 18 May)

    Taste of Amsterdam (15 – 18 May)

    Milano Food Week (16 – 24 May)

    Slovak Food Festival, Bratislava (22 – 25 May)

    Prague Food Festival (23 – 25 May)

    A Taste of Stockholm / SMAKA PA STOCKHOLM (4 – 8 June)

    Taste of Helsinki (12 – 15 June)

    Taste of Dublin (12 – 15 June)

    Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival (13 – 15 June)

    Vie Vinum, Vienna (14 – 16 June)


    With a French grandmother, childhood holidays on the continent and a degree in French and Spanish, a love of languages and travel has always been in my blood. Fresh from university with an unfettered enthusiasm to show off my linguistic ability and first-hand knowledge of the world beyond the UK, I entered the travel industry and, 16 years on, I’m still there! With several years spent in the luxury sector planning escorted holidays across Europe for the American market, followed by an even longer tenure designing short breaks with a difference in the must-see cities of Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Madrid, Prague, Florence, Brussels, Venice, Salzburg, Milan, Krakow and Berlin (to name but a few), it’s fair to say that Europe is my passion! Today my travels have taken me far beyond the boundaries of Europe with so many destinations still to discover, yet the continent abounds in such a wealth of treasures – historical and architectural, cultural and musical, gastronomic, artistic and linguistic – that its appeal, for me, will be eternal.