Foodie travel news: September 2016

olive's travel editor, Rhiannon Batten, on the latest openings, eats and trends around the world including the best food festivals to watch out for


Travellers who like to earn their crust should put Regent Holidays’ new culture and cuisine of Finland cycling tour into their holiday planner. The first trip pedals off at the start of this month and, over eight days, takes in some of the country’s finest, pine-sprinkled lakeland scenery as well as lessons in how to bake dark rye bread, cardamom buns and karjalanpiirakka, a local twist on the humble pasty. As with any good Finnish holiday there’s a chance to soothe aching muscles in a traditional sauna every evening. regent-holidays.co.uk



If you’re a fan of beautifully-designed hotels but don’t have the time or money to visit as many as you’d like, pull up a Hans Wegner armchair, pour yourself a dram in a Nason Moretti tumbler and sit back to enjoy some seriously stylish fantasy travel by flicking through the 512 pages of The Design Hotels™ Book 2016. Celebrating artisanship in hospitality (be that field-to-fork dining, a focus on artisanal wines, or spas designed to reflect local landscapes), this coffee-table tome artfully dissects the world’s most distinctive hotels – and highlights some of the most influential people shaping the way today’s hotels look. designhotels.cc


One of the biggest UK openings this month is Palé Hall, a luxury hotel near Bala in North Wales. Why all the fuss? Apart from the sumptuous, Grade II-listed surroundings, the picture-perfect 50-acre grounds and the promise of a fine-dining restaurant headed up by ex-Abode, Maze and Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons chef, Gareth Stevenson, it will be Michael Caines’ first new UK venture since leaving Devon’s Gidleigh Park in January. palehall.co.uk


Join chefs Dan Doherty, Anna Hansen, José Pizarro and Ben Tish at Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival (24-25 Sept). Plus, visit over 90 local food producers and pop-up restaurant The Suffolk. aldeburghfoodanddrink.co.uk
April Bloomfield of New York’s Spotted Pig and Tom Adams of London’s Pitt Cue are just two of the chefs appearing at Truro’s Great Cornish Food Festival (23-25 Sept). The pair have recently launched Coombeshead Farm. greatcornishfood.co.uk

A must for meat-eaters, London’s Meatopia (2-4 Sept) is chiefly concerned with open-fire cooking. Try wood-fired Argentinian steaks, Scandi dishes from Nikla Ekstedt and smoky barbecued delights from Berber & Q. meatopia.co.uk

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