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Through September, sample a tasty food festival

The chance to sample new foods is but one of countless reasons to travel. Seeking a culinary adventure? Here are a few upcoming events where you can try old standbys or discover a new favorite food.

• Stuttgart, Germany: Markt des guten Geschmacks-die Slow Food Messe.Head to Stuttgart’s Messe through Sunday to sample regional, handmade and sustainably produced goods from bread and oil to wine. A highlight of the event is a 328-foot-long table where visitors can sample the wares while they make new friends. Details at http://tinyurl.com/c9cvgpe (German only).

• Genoa, Italy: Slow Fish, May 9-12, gives visitors the chance to sample fish and seafood while learning how harvesting the ocean’s bounty can be made a sustainable endeavor. The event takes place at the Porto Antico and Piazza Caricamento. Learn more at http://slowfish.slowfood.it/en.

• Florence, Italy: Gelato Festival, May 17-26, sees this frozen treat return to its birthplace, where vendors will serve their best on squares throughout the city. Other cities to be visited by the tour include Turin on June 7-9 and Rome on June 21-23. For more, see www.italiagelatotour.it.

• Cardiff, Wales: Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival, July 12-14, offers more than 100 producers of cheese, chocolate, liqueurs and more along the waterfront. More at http://tinyurl.com/d6v9us2.

• Naples, Italy: Napoli Pizza Village, Sept. 3-8, sprawls along the Lungomare Caracciolo and serves up live music and street entertainment on the side. Learn more on Facebook at https://it-it.facebook.com/NapoliPizzaVillage.

• Bra, Italy: Slow Food Cheese, Sept. 20-23, offers four days of sampling cheese in its various shapes and forms. This fair takes place every two years. Details at www.cheese.slowfood.com.

• Abergavenny, Wales: The Abergavenny Food Festival, Sept. 21-22, features more than 200 food and drink producers from Wales and beyond. Some visitors camp out and make a weekend of it. See details at
www.abergavennyfoodfestival.com.

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About the Author

Karen Bradbury has lived and worked in Europe for more than fifteen years. She has called Moscow, Copenhagen, Rome and now a small wine-producing village along the Rhine in Germany home. When she's not working, whatever the season, she's probably traveling.

Email: bradburyk@estripes.osd.mil