olive travels: where to visit in April
From Cornish seafood festivals to natural wine breaks on Sweden's west coast and alfresco dining in Florida, here's our pick of where to travel this month
Want some ideas on where to go on holiday in April? We’ve selected our pick of destinations for a food lover’s break this spring: alfresco dining in Florida, natural wine breaks on Sweden's west coast, and a Cornish seafood festival. This is just a small selection of our UK, European and global travel guides, click here for more inspiration, or check out our pick of the best UK culinary escapes for 2022 and Europe’s top food trips for 2022. Want to know where to visit in March? Take a look here, then check out where to visit in May.
Cornish seafood festival
The tiny Cornish harbour village of Porthleven is jam-packed with foodie gems, from simple seafood to high-end dining with an Asian twist, and the perfect pint.
A seaside food event at its most unpretentious, Porthleven Food Festival (22-24 April) will showcase over 150 food producers and chefs from the local area with a series of demos and workshops. Many of the best-known local chefs (Mick Smith and Stephane Delourme among them) will be participating, kicking off with a cook-off between Antony Worrall Thompson and local food hero Jude Kereama (of Porthleven’s own Kota Restaurant).
The weekend will also see the village harbour come alive with craft food and street-food stalls. And local food and drink traders will be showcasing their produce at the Royal Cornwall Food & Farmers Market, including ciders from Cornish Orchards, sourdough pizzas from Chanbury’s Woodfired Italian and floral flat whites from Origin Coffee Roasters. Or grab a pasty at Ann’s Pasty Lounge while participating in an artsy workshop.
A coastal wine and craft beer break in Sweden
Natural wine and craft beer lovers flock to Sweden’s creative coastal city in April. Gothenburg Beer Week (1-9 April) sees the city’s breweries and taverns come alive with tastings, special menus and more. Discover new brews at the beer and whisky fair, then embark on your own tour. Our favourite city spots for a pint include ales at traditional pub Olstugan Tullen, craft beers fresh from Beerbliotek’s taproom, or a brewery tour and tasting at small-scale Stigbergets Bryggeri.
On 2 April, AVSKALAT, the Nordic region’s largest natural wine fair, takes place. Visit for cheese and wine pairings, expert-led tastings and producer talks (plus a spotlight on Swedish ciders such as Pomologik, Glömda Äpplen and Udda Cider), then let loose in the city’s wine bars such as Folk, Bar La Lune and Bar Centro, or treat yourself to a tasting menu with natural wine pairing at sleek and contemporary Koka.
April promises signs of spring in Gothenburg, when the city's courtyards and terraces come to life. Try cinnamon buns and coffee at Da Matteo, flash-fried herring at quirky food truck Strommingsluckan and bags of plump prawns by the river outside the charming ‘fish church’ seafood market. Head out on the ferry to the archipelago for a taste of Styrsö’s car-free island life and cinnamon buns at charming Café Obergska before a brisk dip off one of the sandy beaches.
Alfresco dining in Florida
Make the most of the reliably warm yet not too hot spring season in Florida with alfresco eating and outdoorsy adventures. Choose an eclectic city break in Miami, that boasts everything from sandy beaches and swish cocktail bars to an artsy independent craft beer and restaurant scene amongst the colourful murals in Wynwood. Or stay in the heart of Little Havana to soak up the area's Cuban culture with morning cafecitos, El Sanguich's pork-stuffed toasted sandwiches and late-night cocktails at iconic bar Café La Trova.
Down in the Florida Keys, take in ocean views and breathtaking sunsets over seafood suppers on the vast deck of Key West institution, Louie’s Backyard. The town's picture-perfect, porch-fronted clapboard houses host plenty of restaurants with dining decks; tuck into key lime pie and Caribbean dishes in Blue Heaven’s vibrant backyard complete with live music and chickens mooching around.
In central Florida, the city of Tampa has many versatile alfresco options, from Michelin-starred restaurant terraces to classic Cuban dishes at Florida's oldest restaurant, Columbia, and hopping between craft beer breweries and street-food spots. Soak up the sunshine, skyline and art installations by strolling downtown Tampa’s 2.6-mile pedestrianised Riverwalk, conveniently bookmarked at each end by a food hall. Start upstream at Armature Works, where the industrial-style Heights Public Market showcases food businesses from the Bay Area – everything from speciality coffee to traditional Cuban cuisine and sushi burritos. Reward yourself with a slice of NYC-style pizza and a flight of Florida IPAs at LightHaus beer garden in Sparkman Wharf just off Tampa Bay.
For more recommendations, check out our guide to Florida's foodie neighbourhoods.