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With Oktoberfest in full swing, there’s no better time to head over to Germany for a rowdy snapshot into Bavarian life. But don’t worry if you haven’t had the chance to book tickets to the famous beer festival this year; you can don your lederhosen and delve into some of the region’s more authentic watering holes. David Hewitt rounds up some of Bavaria’s best beer tours, beer halls and brewhouses – prost! The white sausage equator Wolfgang Steppes pauses, sets his glass down, twiddles his moustache and looks me in the eye. “Never, ever, venture north of the white sausage equator,” he finally says. As travel tips go, they probably don’t come any stranger than this. And yet, for most Bavarians, this is sage advice indeed. For them, nowhere north of the River Main do they know how to make their favourite meaty snack. And, more importantly, this arbitrary line divides Germany into two zones: one with the best beer in the world, the other with inferior offerings. In their defence, when it comes to beer, the Bavarians know what they’re talking about. In 1516, Duke Wilhelm IV issued the Beer Purity Law (the Reinheitsgebot), ruling that beer could only be made from four natural ingredients: water, hops, malt and yeast. While other laws may have come and gone, this remains the benchmark right across Germany and producers still proudly advertise their adherence to the legislation. Now, 500 years on, Bavaria is raising a glass to celebrate the law credited with making their beers the toast of the world. Compare cheap hotels in Germany Born and bred Bavarian For Wolfgang, a portly, jolly, born-and-bred Bavarian who, for more than 20 years now, has proudly preserved the tradition of crafting wooden barrels by hand, there’s only one place to join the natives in marking this momentous year, and that’s the historic heart of Munich. A short stroll from the main marieplatz lie two of Munich’s oldest brewhouses: rivals, but nevertheless united in shunning modernity and, horror of horrors, flavoured beers. Most famous of all is the huge Hoftbrauhaus (Platzl 9, Munich 80331; +49 89 290136100). Dating to 1589, it’s everything you could want from a German drinking den. Open the massive doors and you’re greeted with raucous crowds sitting at long tables, a lederhosen-clad band...Read More
Some of the UK and Western Europe’s best food festivals take place in autumn, from Northern Ireland’s Potato Festival to Pilsner Fest in the Czech Republic, writes Tamara Hinson. We’ve rounded up 14 food-themed events that are guaranteed to get your stomach rumbling – and the great news is that all these festivals are easily accessible for us Brits! Potato Festival, Bushmills, Northern Ireland October 1 | Free entry | discovernorthernireland.com Celebrate the mighty spud – and try the tastiest varieties – at this brilliant food festival in Northern Ireland. There’ll be potato-themed cookery demonstrations by some of the world’s top chefs, exhibits by local growers and some seriously spud-tastic children’s activities, including face-painting. And speaking of face-painting – while the kids may have been a boring old tiger or lion before, how many of them can boast that they’ve been transformed into a potato? Exactly. Compare cheap hotels in Northern Ireland Melton Mowbray Food Festival, Leicestershire, UK October 1 and 2 | From £5, children under 16 free | goleicestershire.com What better location for a food festival than the home of one of the nation’s favourite delicacies? Head to the fantastic Melton Mowbray Food Festival and not only can you try a lots of pies and locally-made cheeses, you’ll also be able to enjoy other speciality cuisine from all over the world. A troupe of Morris dancers will provide the entertainment while younger visitors can hone their cookery skills in a separate children’s area. Compare cheap hotels in England Fete de la Crevette, Honfleur, Normandy, France October 8 and 9 | Free entry | normandie-tourisme.fr Crevette means “shrimp” or “prawn” in French, and there’s an abundance of the things at Fete de la Crevette, which is a celebration of the delicacy. Visitors will learn how to cook and peel them, discover how they’re caught and find out how to identify the different varieties by taste alone. There’s a pirate-themed play village for children and maritime-themed craft sessions, too, as well as the opportunity to learn about the important role that prawns (known locally as “little greys”) have played throughout Honfleur’s history. Compare cheap hotels in France Taste of London, UK November 17 to 20 | From £12 per person | london.tastefestivals.com Taste of London is a celebration of the capital’s best restaurants and chefs – if you’ve never managed to secure a table at a restaurant run by a Michelin-starred chef, this might be the perfect opportunity to sample...Read More