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Best for rum
BARBADOS FOOD � WINE AND RUM FESTIVAL
Rum has greased the wheels of life in the Caribbean for centuries,
as a unit of currency and a way of luring reluctant seafarers on board
leaky ships. Nowhere has a prouder rum heritage than Barbados,
which celebrates its famous tipple with the Food Wine and Rum
Festival. Precise details of the festival are currently a little hazy, but
expect events held at resorts across the island, with tours of the
world's oldest rum distillery, rum cocktail seminars and Caribbean
When? 20-24 November; tickets around £15 for demonstrations;
Stay here Little Arches, a pretty boutique hotel within earshot
of the sea. From £140; littlearches.com
Best for world flavours
SANI GOURMET, GREECE
Themed around the avours of the ancient Silk Road (along whose
cobbles local lad Alexander the Great once cantered), the Sani
Gourmet festival takes place this May at the Sani Resort on the leafy
Halkidiki peninsula. With a minor constellation of Michelin stars
between them, chefs from Italy to India take up residence at the
resort's four restaurants. Expect Greek produce to gure prominently,
especially seafood straight from the Aegean.
When? 9-18 May; meals around £50 tbc; sanigourmet.gr
Stay here Sani Beach Hotel, a luxurious ve-star resort.
Garden-view doubles from £119; sani-resort.com
Best for fish
HELSINKI BALTIC HERRING FAIR, FINLAND
Floating in a soup, squished in a tin or swimming in the sea, the
humble herring is Finland's favourite sh - a love aair celebrated at
the Baltic Herring Fair in Helsinki's harbour. Held annually since the
18th century, the event sees shermen cooking up their catches on
the decks of moored boats, with punters lunching on the quayside.
Other Finnish staples such as rye bread and miscellaneous berries are
for sale at the fair, alongside stalls peddling traditional knitwear.
When? 5-11 October; admission free; visithelsinki.
Stay here Scandic Paasi, a design-conscious hotel that's a herring's
throw from the harbour. From £100; scandichotels.com
Best for hipsters
FEAST PORTLAND, USA
Portland in Oregon is often touted as America's hipster capital. It's also
the Pacic Coast's foodie capital, with more microbreweries, artisan
coee shops and food trucks than you can shake a xie bike at.
They all pile in for the annual Feast Portland event - a young, socially
conscious food festival acclaimed as one of America's best. Coeeroasting
tutorials and a deluxe sandwich-making tournament are on
the 'to do' list, as well as an Asian-inspired night market.
When? 18-21 September; night market all-inclusive tickets from
around £75 tbc; feastportland.com
Stay here The Inn at Northrup Station, a friendly hotel decked
out in bright primary colours. From £100; northrupstation.com
Best for barbecues
LEXINGTON BBQ FESTIVAL, USA
Vegetarians look away now. One day every October, Lexington -
self-christened 'BBQ capital of the world' - becomes a carnivorous
Valhalla, with chefs packing the streets. North Carolina is an American
pig-farming heartland and, accordingly, slow-cooked pulled pork is
the star of the show, avoured with vinegar sauce and served with
a humongous dollop of 'slaw. Take a trot around the smoke-lled
streets to see pig-related art installations, a pig-themed bike race and
even porcine balloons oating through the air.
When? 25 October; admission free; barbecuefestival.com
Stay here Hotels are thin on the ground in Lexington, but
there's a Holiday Inn outside town. From £50; ihg.com
If you're a travel-loving foodie, what better way to satisfy both
passions than with a trip to some of the world's leading food
and drink festivals? We pick out nine of 2014's best WORDS OLIVER SMITH