Foodie travel news: June 2016

olive's travel editor, Rhiannon Batten, on the latest openings, eats and trends around the world including new west coast flights, a hot Parisian hotel and the best UK food festivals

For a warm glow without chomping through a pile of habaneros, look out for EAT (RED). A culinary campaign from Bono’s (RED) organisation, which works to eliminate AIDS, it takes place around the world throughout June with participating restaurants and chefs hosting brunches, dinners, cocktail nights and supper clubs in aid of the charity. This year’s participants have yet to be confirmed but expect businesses like The Cheese Truck to jump on board; last year it sold
a special (RED) hot grilled cheese sandwich made with Sparkenhoe red leicester and Rib Man hot sauce. red.org


If you can’t commit to a week-long cookery course try Northern Italian cookery school, Stirred’s, new four-night courses. Kicking off in September, they’re bound to be popular so book now if you want to be sure of a place. The first one will be led by MasterChef UK finalist Tom Whitaker and involve hands-on lessons in typical Veneto dishes plus gourmet dinners and trips out for meals, market tours and wine tastings. stirredtravel.com

California gets that bit closer (well, cheaper to reach) this month, with the launch of new routes from Icelandic low-cost carrier WOW Air. The new West Coast service means you can fly from Gatwick, Edinburgh or Bristol to San Francisco from £350 return and from Gatwick to Los Angeles from £430 return. The catch (well worth it) is that you have to change planes at Iceland’s Keflavik airport on the way. wowair.co.uk

3 great JUNE food festivals

Farms across the UK will mark Open Farm Sunday (5 June) with events that celebrate farming and food production. Find your nearest via the website.

Booze, baking and street food are all promised at Shrewsbury Food Festival (25-26 June), a gathering of artisan producers from Shropshire and beyond.

Back for a second year, Fork to Fork (London, 11 June) raises funds for the Open Air Classroom project. Expect talks from top chefs and pop-ups from Kitty Fisher’s, Snaps & Rye and more. 

Pigalle’s transformation from Parisian red light district to hip hangout has come closer to complete with the recent opening of Hotel Panache in the southern fringes of the district. Hot on the heels of the Experimental Cocktail Group’s Grande Pigalle Hotel (the two hotels share the same designer, Dorothée Meilichzon), this one features subtly art-deco-inspired bedrooms and a ‘sophistroquet’ bistrot headed up by restaurateur David Lanher. hotelpanache.com

Sri Lanka is one of the hot destinations of 2016 thanks to a steady stream of stylish hotel and restaurant openings. The latest new hotel to create a buzz in the country is Fort Bazaar, a sleek, 18-room hotel within the UNESCO world heritage site of Galle Fort. One of a handful of small, atmospheric properties owned by the Teardrop brand, its light and airy bedrooms are bolstered by a spa, bar and a restaurant led by Australian chef Neal Giles; signature dishes include ultra-slow cooked lamb and fragrant tagines. teardrop-hotels.com

Gísli Auðunsson’s residency at Carousel and the rise of Aggi Sverrisson’s Texture restaurant – both in London – are testament to the current interest in Icelandic cooking. If you need more inspiration for an Icelandic food trip, try Raw, the new cookbook from Reykjavik chef and restaurateur Solla Eiríksdóttir. Its recipes for wild berry jams and raw root salads are interspersed enticingly with images of Iceland’s epic landscapes. £24.95; phaidon.com

Directions of travel – The trends to watch


Boutique ices
The Greek luxury resort, Costa Navarino, may stretch to upmarket fish restaurants and chic beach bars, but it’s the on-site Kayak ice-cream boutique we like the sound of: artisan ices with a Messenian flavour include mastic and pink pepper, and sheesh sesame honey. costanavarino.com

Foot work
Tapping into a generation that takes wellbeing as seriously as indulging when on holiday, a new wave of forward-thinking hotels and guesthouses have taken the idea of customised running maps and, er, run with it. At Barcelona’s Hotel Brummell, this translates to a weekly running club for guests and locals. hotelbrummell.com


Switching off

Can’t down tools for a holiday this year? A new Healthy Co-working Holiday launching in September might offer a solution. Meals, accommodation and morning and evening fitness activities (Pilates classes, guided runs and bike rides) are arranged while the rest of the day is free for working visitors to switch on their laptops. healthystartholidays.com

Beer baths

Freedom Treks’ new Brewery Tour cycling trips through Austria and Bavaria include much to enjoy, from lakeside scenery to delicious wheat beers. We’re not sold on the beer baths, though – a spa treatment included at one of the hotels visited along the way. freedomtreks.co.uk

photographs: GETTY, Alex James, Phaidon, Romain Ricard

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