As autumn descends around the globe and the light grows softer, there is a hush. Tourists have gone home and children are back in school, but as seasoned travelers know, fall is one of the best times to travel under the radar and experience cultures a little more intimately. Part of the charm of the season is the earthy, hearty ingredients and specialties gracing local markets. Here are just a few to savor.
Crayfish in Stockholm: Swedes celebrate the end of summer with crayfish parties, orkräftskiva, at their summer cottages, donning silly paper hats, singing songs, and drinking lots of Aquavit while eating the heavily dilled crustaceans. Don’t have a Swedish idyl of your own? Try Sturehof restaurant in Stockholm for a taste of this joyous tradition.
Come fall, people around the world will be celebrating the season’s bounty with food festivals. Lots of them. While New Englanders gather to taste the best artisanal ciders, coastal communities feast on fresh seafood. In California, it's time to sip wine. Whether you're craving a foodie getaway or are simply in the right place at the right time, these are five of fall’s top food festivals.
CALIFORNIA: Flavor! Napa Valley
This November, join the Culinary Institute of America and the region's top vineyards for a week of wine and food tastings. Culinary superstars Michael Chiarello, Todd English, and Andrea Robinson will be at the helm of vine-to-table signature dinners and hands-on demonstrations. Learn to make your own cheese, and to note a wine's distinct terroir while blindfolded. November 19-23.