October Festivals

Written by  larapiegeler

The riches generated by the Summer sun are the focus of many festivals across Europe this month. Celebrate the grape harvests in the mellow, warmth-soaked vineyards of Germany, Italy and France, the indulgent Slow Food Festivals in Milan, Turin and O Grove, the Perugia and Paris chocolate festivals, the Alba Truffle Festival, Armagnac's annual showcasing event, the various Chestnut festivals (such as those in Sauveterre de Rouergue and Mourjou, France) and Helsinki's Herring Festival, to name a few.

At home in the UK, you'll find the Melton Mowbray food festival and various gourmet diversions in honour of seasonal joys such as oysters (in Falmouth and Colchester, cider and pumpkins.

For a serious, large-scale pumpkinfest, go to Keene in New Hampshire – and to combine them with Hallowe'en, head to New York for the Hallowe'en parade, or to Chalindrey in France, where the Fete des Sorcieres focuses on the original pagan symbolism.

The Fantasy Festival in Florida is the world's biggest Hallowe'en bash – but there's plenty else to party about in the warmer parts of the world: Hawaii's Aloha Festival is a great way to learn about a new culture whilst indulging in gorgeous seafood, sunshine and a spot of hula, the Cirio de Nazare in Brazil is a riotous fiesta, Melbourne Arts Festival offers a refreshingly varied range of international dance, theatre, music and visual arts and Diwali fills India and Nepal with colour, light and activity.

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