Europe Traveler's event picks for Feb. 8-10

Kew Gardens' Princess of Wales Conservatory is transformed into a tropical wonderland with displays featuring orchids and other tropical plants to celebrate the biodiversity and beauty of Colombia. Advance tickets are highly recommended to this event in London, which takes place Feb. 9 to March 10.


By KAREN BRADBURY | Stars and Stripes | Published: February 5, 2019

Dining Week

Location: Throughout Denmark
Dates: Feb. 10-17
Since 2011, what’s billed as Europe’s largest restaurant festival sees some of the country’s best and most innovative restaurants present three course menus, along with event cosponsor S. Pellegrino's mineral water, at special prices. Participating restaurants range from family-friendly local favorites to Copenhagen’s most highly rated addresses. New this year and running parallel to the dining initiative is Cocktail Week.
Admission: The dining experience goes for 215 Danish Krone (about $33) plus a 25 DKK in ticket fee per diner for a three course menu, including a .75 liter bottle of mineral water.
Online: https://diningweek.dk/readmore


Orchids Festival

Location: Kew Gardens, London, England
Dates: Feb. 9-March 10
The Princess of Wales Conservatory is transformed by floral installations celebrating Colombia, one of the most biodiverse countries of the world. Mesmerizing forest scenes populated with life-sized jaguars, dazzling displays of bright yellow orchids that depict the legend of El Dorado and a display of animals created from beautiful orchids and other tropical plants are among the sights not to miss. At the special After Hours events, guests can create floral headdress, sample delicious street food, sip on authentic Colombian coffee and dance to carnival rhythms played by a Latin big band.
Admission: Tickets cost 16.50 pounds ($21.40) when bought online; as the festival is wildly popular, advance purchase is highly recommended. Tickets to the after hours event go for 18 pounds.
Online: www.kew.org/kew-gardens/whats-on/orchids-celebrate-the-colour-of-colombia


Salon Retro Mobile

Location: Port de Versailles, Paris, France
Dates: Feb. 6-10
The event of the year for lovers of vintage cars features more than 600 vehicles on show, 600 exhibitors, the presence of over 120 clubs and some 60 artists in the Automobile Art Gallery. The collectors auction offers the well-heeled the change to pick up their next new toys when the price is right. New this year is a motorcycle auction, and this year’s special exhibitions include the 1950 BRM type 15 and the Berliet T 100 Desert Giant, among many others.
Admission: tickets cost 19 euros when purchased online or 22 euros at the door.
Online: www.retromobile.com


Pferdemarkt/Horse Market

Location: Leonberg, Germany
Dates: Feb. 8-12
This city just west of Stuttgart is the site of a traditional market brimming with fun things to do. The 328th run of this annual event will offer all the usual sights, attractions and free music of previous editions. Take a spin on one of the attractions, take in the sounds of a “Guggenmusik” concert, watch a parade with horses, or peruse the flea market.
Admission: Free, entry is charged to a few special events.
Online: https://tinyurl.com/yb8orrhf


Fiera del Cioccolato/Chocolate Fair

Location: Piazza della Annunziata, Florence, Italy
Dates: Feb. 8-17 (10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily)
This festival was revamped in 2018 and continues in its new guise. Learn, taste and experience one of the most universally loved of all products through tasting, workshops and other activities drawing upon the expertise of some of the world’s most renowned chocolatiers.
Admission: Free
Online: www.fieradelcioccolato.it


Art Rotterdam

Location: Van Nellefabriek and other venues, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Dates: Feb. 7-10
This art fair, known as the place to discover fresh talent, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year by sharpening its focus on young art and its connection between national and international galleries. Throughout the week, the city bustles with special openings, exhibitions in museums and art institutions, lectures, guided tours, debates, pop-up shows and various fairs.
Admission: 16.50 euros when purchased online.
Online: www.artrotterdam.com