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Stays at St Lucia's luxurious Jade Mountain Estate are becoming even sweeter with guests able to taste the premier vintage of Jade Mountain estate-grown chocolate during October's chocolate festival. Chocolate-inspired canapés at sundown, walking and tasting tours of the the cocoa plantations and if you can stomach it, a chocolate breakfast in bed extravaganza are all on offer in this one-of-a- kind festival. St Lucia is populated by thousands of cocoa trees and the island has a tradition of cocoa production that dates back to the 18th century.
Copenhagen’s biggest food festival, Copenhagen Cooking, takes place from August 22-31 this summer. The Danish capital’s restaurants, streets and lanes - as well as some rather unusual spots in town - will be buzzing with more than 150 gastronomic events, from spit roasts in the city’s squares to gourmet tasting dinners, not to mention the Risotto World Championships in Torvehallerne (the food market) and even a ‘unique gourmet experience’ at Copenhagen Airport. Details are being finalised but check http://www.copenhagencooking.com for details.
Every year on Ascension Day, Leeuwarden traditionally organises the ‘Bloemetjesmarkt’ or flower market. It is Holland’s longest market with a sea of flowers as far as the eye can see, right through the city’s centre on the Lange Marktstraat and Tesselschadestraat. The market embraces some two hundred stalls selling flowers and plants. From early in the morning to late in the afternoon, it draws thousands of people who return home with bags, buckets and sometimes carts filled with plants and flowers. On average the Leeuwarden flower market is visited by some 30,000 people per year.
May 2014: The 25th anniversary of the Macau Arts Festival, new 'Step Out Macau' walking tour films, the world's first Karl Lagerfeld hotel and Asia's first Versace hotel - these are just some of the latest developments and major tourist attractions taking place in Macau. Celebrating its 15th anniversary of becoming a Special Administrative Region of China this year, Macau is firmly on the map as one of the most exciting destinations in the Far East and one that is rich in history, culture, entertainment and world famous food.
Book a city-break to Gothenburg this August with Traveljunction.com and celebrate the best of Sweden at the annual Gothenburg Cultural Festival. With over 1,200 free activities suitable to all ages, there is something for everyone at Scandinavia’s largest cultural festival. Enjoy the best food, art and music amongst other Swedish specialities at this week-long festival. The centrally-located Radisson Blu Riverside Hotel is a situated near Keillers Park and luxurious rooms provide the perfect spot to take a break from the city’s festivities.
With guided kayak excursions, lighthouse and walking tours, and nautical art exhibits among its highlights, this month-long celebration of the seafaring history of ‘The Cape’ is among the most popular annual events in the New England state of Massachusetts. Cape Cod is famous for its long, pristine, glorious beaches — there are 115 in all - romantic inns and B&Bs, arts and crafts galleries, and clam shacks. Stretching some 60 miles into the Atlantic Ocean, the peninsula is studded with some of America’s oldest towns and villages, while the 50-mile long Cape Cod National Seashore includes Eastham’s Coast Guard Beach, rated one of the best in the USA.
A celebration of Africa’s ancestral history, this festival encourages its global following to discover the country’s roots and gain an insight into The Gambia’s colourful past and culture. At this year’s festival visitors can expect traditional music, theatrical performances, historical narratives, a carnival procession, drum symphonies and acrobatic displays. Participants will also join in a pilgrimage to Kuntah Kinteh Island, formerly known as James Island, a place of significant importance during the slave trade, along with other sites of historical interest.
The Batabano festival is taking place on May 3rd, featuring a kaleidoscope of Caribbean traditions. Visitors and locals alike can get involved and enjoy a Mardi Gras-style festival of music, dance, colourful costumes and a flamboyant float parade. With 2014 marking its 31st anniversary, the event will offer authentic Caribbean cuisine and island delicacies before continuing into the evening with live music by DJs, local artists and visiting headliners.
Sherry is currently experiencing an unprecedented revival, with Jerez – the centre for Sherry - recently crowned the European Wine Capital for 2014. This June will see the start of the first ever International Sherry Week, which will capture the essence of the wine through a network of public and private events in bars, restaurants, hotels, bodegas, universities, tabancos and wine clubs around the world. Also upcoming is The Ultimate Sherry and Culinary Tour of Jerez, a one-off exclusive trip during Andalucia’s grape harvest festival in September.
Cirque du Soleil is bringing a new, free, open-air event to Andorra in summer 2014 that will be created especially for the country. ‘Scalada’ will offer an alternative insight into ‘the Country of the Pyrenees’ through the eyes of the world’s most famous circus company, highlighting the contrasts and colours presented by Andorra’s landscape as the seasons change. The one-hour shows will take place at a special outdoor stage in the capital city, Andorra La Vella.
The Carnival of Nice is the main winter event on the Riviera and is one of the largest carnivals in the world. Carnival processions comprising 18 floats work their way up to a crescendo of gigantic decorations on the Place Masséna. These giant, colourful parades take place day and night, with entertainment provided by over 1,000 musicians and dancers from across the globe.
The Stars of Sandstone (SoS) Steam Heritage Festival is swiftly approaching, so if you’re a steam enthusiast head to Ficksburg, South Africa this April. Fans from around the world will be gathering at Sandstone Estates to view the countless steam-driven vehicles and machines, all restored to pristine condition by Wilfred Mole and his team. Though modern-day visitors will be arriving by slightly newer forms of transport, this event provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate vehicles from days gone by.
This Christmas, Alpine Italy is lighting up with some of the most enticing Christmas Markets in Europe. Visit the German inspired Mercato Tedesco di Natale in Florence, or one of many Christmas fairs held in the piazzas of Venice. In a slump after New Year’s celebrations? Head to Piazza Navona Christmas Market in Rome, which reaches its peak of excitement on January 5th.
Hosting leading music and blues artists for over 15 years, the Mustique Blues Festival is a must-see for all music fans. Big Jay McNeely, Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood have been among the top performers to attend the event, and this year’s festival promises to be no less exciting. Grammy nominated Shamekia Copeland and Zac Harmon will join Dana and her house band to head the line up so grab a rum punch, kick back and enjoy the show.
This November, don an eye-patch and hook and head to the only festival to take place on all three of the Cayman isles. The festivities begin with a mock invasion, during which two replica 17th-century galleons, other boats and even the occasional submarine carry out a ‘surprise’ attack on George Town Harbour. Ten days of music, dances, costumes, games and events ensue, including the Cardboard Boat Regatta, which awards its contestants for the shortest race, best costume and most spectacular sinking.
For those who crave the snow, Germany’s Black Forest is the perfect place to be this festive season. Experience a winter wonderland with more than 170 ski-lifts, 2000 kilometres of designated cross-country ski runs, 250 kilometres of prepared ski slopes and uncountable signed walking routes. And for an extra dose of the Christmas spirit head to the Black Forest villages and towns, where lights are in abundance, Christmas markets line the streets and the scent of mulled wine and roasted chestnuts fills the air.
As the Paul Klee exhibition begins at the TATE Modern this autumn, Palais Namaskar in Marrakech will simultaneously open its doors with ‘Symbiosis of Two Worlds’. This exclusive exhibition of modern art features 40 artists inspired by the works of Paul Klee, August Macke and Louis Moilliet on their legendary journey through North Africa in 1914. The display marks the centenary of the expedition, which is said to have been a turning point in Klee’s life and career.
Calling all eco-travellers – the city of Vancouver is offering a range of environmentally friendly events for the coming year. Journey to the founding city of Greenpeace and experience Eco Fashion Week, a biannual event dedicated to promoting the growth of sustainable fashion brands. For those who prefer food to fashion, the Ocean Wise sustainable seafood programme is the perfect opportunity to play your part for the environment. For more information and other events visit
Explore the New Forest this October at the New Forest Walking Festival. This family friendly event includes 11 organised group walks as well as a number of recommendations for self-guided adventures. Walks range from two to eight miles and most are free for those who arrive either on foot, bike or public transport. And once your journey is complete, the five-star ‘eco’ boutique B&B, Cottage Lodge, is the perfect place to end the day.
The annual Mombasa carnival celebrates African heritage with parades and floats from every cultural, national and religious group in Kenya. There are colourful and exuberant procession, live bands and musical performances featuring artistes from all over the country, as well as a regatta.
Twice a yaer, on February 22 and October 22, fans of ancient Egyptology flock to the Temple of Abu Simbel on Lake Nasser. The temple was built 3,200 years ago at a precise angle so that the first rays of the morning sun on these dates would light up the back wall of the innermost shrine and the statues of the four gods seated there. These dates happen to be the birthday and the anniversary of the rise to the throne of Ramses II, the egotistical pharaoh who constructed the temple. The whole structure was moved in order to save it from the rising waters of the Nile when the Aswan High Dam was constructed, but the orientation was preserved.
Experience the world-renowned soprano Angela Gheorghiu in concert at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, one of the finest concert halls in the world, which this year celebrates its 125th anniversary. The programme includes works by Mozart, Puccini, Handel, Berlioz and Massenet.
Visiting Monaco this summer ? Check out the new Picasso exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum, offering an exceptional selection of more than 160 of the artist's major works from a remarkable private collection, as well as a series of work celebrating the artist's connections with the Cote D'Azur
A new museum opens in Antwerp this September, charting the story of the historic transatlantic migration from Europe to America from the perspective of the city and the shipping company, Red Star Line. The main exhibition tells the individual stories of some of the 2.6 million Red Star Line passengers. As a visitor, you travel with them from all over Europe by train to Antwerp, through the city and across the ocean to America. It's an often moving account of Europeans who had the courage to leave everything behind, often in times of great hardship, in search of happiness and a better life.
Some 12,000 dancers take to the streets of Koenji district in Tokyo for a dazzling parade. The celebrations are part of the Obon festival, a Buddhist tradition that celebrates the spirits of ancestors.This is one of Tokyo's most energetic and popular festivals and attracts huge crowds, so arrive early for the best view.
China's Mid-Autumn Festival is given a modern treatment in Hong Kong, where glowing lanterns merge with the city's trademark neon, fiery dragons dance through the busy streets and a full moon shines down on a festive metropolis
Pushkar Camel Fair in Rajasthan is one of India's great traditional festivals, attracting 300,000 people who bring upto 20,000 camels, cattle and horses. Held each November at the time of the Kartik Purnima full moon, it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for visitors. Stay in a luxurious tented camp and enjoy cultural performances around the campfire as well as tours of the area and visits to the fair itself.
Diwali, or the Festival of Lights, is an annual event celebrated by Hindus and Jains, during which small clay lamps filled with oil are lit to signify the triumph of good over evil. Houses are strung with lights, garlands of marigolds are sold on the streets and firecrackers let off at night. Diwali is an official holiday in 11 different countries, although India is probably the best place to witness the festivities