Swiss hotel Badrutt's Palace

Foodie travel news: December 2016

From Padstow's Christmas Festival to chef Andreas Caminada's new residency, catch up on the latest openings, eats and reads around the world in December

Three great foodie happenings

For gourmet gifts a little more exciting than a bottom-of-the-stocking satsuma, the Padstow Christmas Festival (1-4 December, pictured) is a safe bet with demos by Nathan Outlaw and Rick Stein, and a festive food market.

Padstow Festival market
Padstow Festival market

Eat street food, enjoy live music and shop your way merrily around 100 or so food and drink stalls at Ardingley’s Winter Fair on 3 & 4 December.

As much a seasonal must-do as mince pies and mulled wine, expect the region’s best cheese, meat and drink producers at Abergavenny Christmas Food & Drink Fair (11 December).


Swiss hotel Badrutt's Palace

The classic glitz of Swiss hotel Badrutt’s Palace is taking a slightly cosier form this winter as chef Andreas Caminada launches his second IGNIV residency at the St Moritz stalwart. Opening just before Christmas, the concept centres around great wines and fine-dining sharing menus served family-style in a nest-like dining space. Menus haven’t yet been released but expect veal rib chops with mushrooms and twists on traditional desserts such as Kaiserschmarrn (shredded pancakes).


Skye Gyngell

If you have a big birthday in 2017, drop hints to Santa now about ex-Petersham Nurseries and current Spring chef Skye Gyngell’s March and April breaks at Sicily’s Rocca delle Tre Contrade. With only 16 spaces on each of these two, one-week, trips – and at a cost of €4,600pp (all-inclusive, barring flights) – it would be a lavish gift. But if that’s what you’re after it ticks all the right boxes: an immersive gastronomic experience, expect hands-on cookery demos and lessons, guided tours and exclusive wine tastings, plus the chance to relax between bites in the pampering surroundings of the island’s most exclusive villa.


thailand food market stall

Rickshaw Travel’s USP is a simple one: guests choose three or more of the company’s bite-sized (two- or three-day) itineraries and string them together to create their perfect holiday. One of its newest excursions is a street food tour of the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai, taking in an ethical elephant encounter (guests can bathe them in the river and feed them fruit rather than ride on them) as well as lessons in ordering in Thai and a stomach-busting journey around the city’s best street food markets.