Foodie travel news: July 2016

olive's travel editor, Rhiannon Batten, on the latest openings, eats and trends around the world including the best food festivals this month and a new opening from The Pig hotel group


The Croatian private island of Obonjan opens to the public this month for eight weeks of creative escapism. Best approached as an extended festival for grown-ups (albeit with better food and comfier beds), breaks on the pine and olive tree-covered island will cover philosophical talks, film screenings, bands and DJs, a woodland wellbeing centre and excursions by yacht to local restaurants.


Stay in a luxury tent or an en-suite lodge and graze your way around a deli, burger bar, juice stall, fish restaurant, pizzeria, tapas bar and rum den. otokobonjan.com


Ibiza’s food scene is going from strength to strength, so why not consider exploring it in a customised VW camper. WeDubYou is launching on the island this summer. The company’s vans may look retro but inside they’re kitted out with iPads and iPhones pre-loaded with music, films and local guides, plus bluetooth speakers and kitchens fitted with gas cookers, fridges, sinks and plenty of cooking gear.

Pick your van up at the airport, set the sat nav and head off to explore the island in style. Campsites and food hampers can be booked in advance, as can add-on tents if there are more of you travelling than the four people each van sleeps. wedubyou.com


The latest piglet to join Home Grown Hotels’ litter of relaxed country house escapes, The PIG at Combe opens in the Otter Valley, in Devon, this month. A honey-stone Elizabethan manor house on a 3,500-acre estate, like its sister hotels, you can expect stylish, affordable bedrooms and fuss-free, field-to-fork dining, with all produce sourced within a 25-mile radius.

What sets it apart, location aside, is a bar that is centre stage as you enter the building, a separate outdoor dining area with wood-fired oven and a kitchen that has the pick of the produce from three walled gardens. thepighotel.com


Fish and seafood will take centre stage in Aberaeron on 3 July at the Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival but there will be Welsh coffee, cider and whisky too, and cooking from some of the country’s best chefs. aberaeronfishfest.com

Over 270 producers will be in Skipton on 30 & 31 July for the Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival. Enjoy street food, a farmers’ market and cooking demos. yorkshiredalesfoodanddrinkfestival.com

The Foodies Festivals might be nationwide now, but this one, on Blackheath Common from 8-10 July, is a must for street food fans as The British Street Food Awards will be judged there over the weekend. foodiesfestival.com

Photographs: Mike Cooper

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