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Seasoned Travel launches summer food festivals

3rd August 2011 Print
Copenhagen Cooking

Seasoned Travel has launched holidays to some of Europe’s best food festivals as an antidote to the summer beach holiday grind. The ‘Festival of the Pig’ in France, ‘Copenhagen Cooking’ and the Jerez ‘Sherry Festival’ each offer a distinct flavour of the destination offering a weekend of French folly, Scandi sophistication or Spanish celebration.

La Pourcailhade - Festival of the Pig

Festival date: 14th August 2011

Location: Trie-sur-Baise, South-West France

For a long weekend in France with a difference, The Festival of the Pig is a tradition in Trie-sur-Baise to honour and celebrate all things PIG!

As one of the largest pig-rearing areas in France, this festival, organised by the Brotherhood of the Pig, includes pig races, best pig fancy dress and a pig-imitation contest with local contestants performing their practiced piggy noises and squeaks.  Visitors to the event can enjoy an extensive market with local produce including, regional food and wines. With music and dancing this is a silly local festival for all the family.

Visitors to the area of La Pourcailhade can combine the celebrations with some walking, fishing and bird watching in this beautiful area of rural France.

Prices: 3 nights in Harmonie Bed and Breakfast with flights to Lourdes from Manchester, entrance to the festival and 2 piggy-themed meals, personalised itinerary, restaurant recommendations and bookings from £325 per person based on two people sharing, departing on Friday 12th August 2011.

Copenhagen Cooking

Date: 19th – 28th August 2011

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

New Nordic cuisine has received many accolades over recent years as chefs in the area are touted as some of the best in the world.  This relaxed, funky festival combines fine dining with open-faced sandwiches, the eponymous hot dog and excellent seafood.

Scandinavia’s largest food festival, Copenhagen Cooking celebrates the gastronomic accolades of the region. Lasting over ten days, fine dining establishments such as NOMA and Kokkeriet, offer discounted and specially designed menus. Around the city, visitors can enjoy local beer and aquavit tastings, learn to make “smørrebrød” (open-face sandwiches) or taste an endless selection of unique smørrebrød fillings. The world-famous hot dog is given a new twist and street kitchens bring excellent Nordic cuisine to the public. For a completely different view of the city, jump on a Viking boat for a traditional dinner cruise up Roskilde Fjord or dine under Knippelsbro bridge.

Prices: 3 nights in 4* Axel Hotel Guldsmeden with flights to Copenhagen from London, personalised itinerary, restaurant recommendations and bookings from £385 per person based on two people sharing, departing on 26th August 2011.

Jerez Sherry Festival

Date: 3rd – 25th September 2011

Location: Jerez, Spain

Jerez embodies the heart of Andalucía. To commemorate the year’s grape harvest in this famous sherry producing area, Jerez de la Frontera hits the streets for a citywide party. This three-week extravaganza includes all the passion, colour, food and wine of the region.

The packed festival programme includes fiestas, concerts, flamenco dancing, traditional tapas, sherry sampling, dancing horse displays and bullfights as well as a harvest market. The people of Andalucía love to party and there is no doubt that this is one of the best fiestas of the year.

For visitors who enjoy the celebrations, a visit to the wineries or an off-the-beaten-track tapas tour would complement the visit to this beautiful Moorish city.

Prices: 3 nights in 3* Chancilleria Hotel with flights to Jerez, personalised itinerary, restaurant recommendations and bookings from £275 per person based on two people sharing, departing on 9th September 2011.

For more information on tailor made breaks to any of the above events, visit

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