Europe Traveler's event picks for Nov. 23-25
By KAREN BRADBURY | Stars and Stripes | Published: November 20, 2018
Location: Metz Expo, Colmar, France
Dates: Nov. 23-25
Those with a passion for classic vehicles will enjoy checking out the displays of some 150 exhibitors, including autos and motorcycles up for sale, parts, restoration work, auto-related art, replica models and other items. A special exhibition focuses on endurance motorcycles such as those from Bol d'Or, including Kawasaki, Honda, Ducati, Japauto, Moto Guzzi, Yamaha and other models from the 1970s to 1990s.
Admission: Adults pay 12 euros; those under 12 enter free.
Stuttgarts Beste Weine 2018/Stuttgart’s Best Wines
Location: Phoenixhalle im Roemerkastell, Naststrasse 45, 70376 Stuttgart, Germany
Date: Nov. 24 (11 a.m.-7 p.m.)
A highlight for wine lovers of the region is this tasting event held in a stylish setting. Each of the participating winemakers, all from the local area, presents up to four of their top drops, which visitors are welcome to sample to their hearts’ content.
Admission: 16 euros
New Wine & Cheese Festival
Location: Vajdahunyad Castle, Varosliget, Budapest, Hungary
Date: Nov. 24 (10 a.m.-7 p.m.)
A castle makes the perfect backdrop for an outing focused on the country’s flavorful wines, paired with the perfect cheese accompaniments.
Admission: the 2,500 Hungarian Forint ticket price (about $9) includes tastings, a wine glass and admission to an exhibition at the Museum of Hungarian Agriculture.
Foodies Festival Christmas
Location: Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), Edinburgh, Scotland
Dates: Nov. 23-25
The festive season gets off to the right start with this celebration of all things related to the foods that make the holiday. In addition to sampling and shopping, things to do here include taking part in workshops and master classes, watching top chefs and celebrities cooking up a storm at The Chefs Theatre, or "Great British Bake Off" stars and patisserie chefs baking show-stopping cakes in the Cakes and Desserts Theatre.
Admission: Adult day tickets cost 10 pounds for admission on Friday and 14 pounds for entry on the weekend; ages 12-18 pay 5 euros; those under 12 enter free.
Jean Bouin Mundo Deportivo
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Date: Nov. 25 (first races start at 9 a.m.)
The city’s abuzz with a sporting air on the day of this massive foot race, which attracts several thousand participants. It takes its name from a French athlete who was a runner up in the Stockholm Olympics of 1912 and killed in action during the First World War. Participating runners choose from distances of 5 and 10 km in what’s one of the country’s oldest athletics races. As registration has closed, you’ll have to be content spectating this year.
Location: Bundesplatz, 3011 Bern, Switzerland
Date: Nov. 26 (from 5 a.m.)
On the fourth Monday of November each year, this picturesque city hosts a farmers market and folk festival rolled into one. Stalls heave with crops of the late autumn season. In addition to veggies such as onions and garlic, sold in attractive braids, ceramics and other handiworks are offered. When hunger strikes, snack on tasty regional delights such as savory tarts and onion soup.
Samichlaus-Einzug/Santa Claus Parade
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Date: Nov. 25 (5 p.m.)
Zurich’s citizens get in the mood for Christmas as Santa Claus, known locally as Samichlaus, and his assistants, known as “Schmutzli,” parade along the Bahnhofstrasse and hand out gingerbread to the children lining the route. The procession, which includes 15 themed wagons, sets off from Uraniastrasse and passes along Bahnhofstrasse to Buerkliplatz.