For such a relatively small region, continental Europe has a bewildering variety of languages, cultures and customs. It is also fascinating to see how a short trip across the continent can expose you to a massive range of different types of food. So, where in Europe will you most enjoy eating?
Florence for Fresh Home Cooking
It is easy to associate Italy with some of our favourite pasta dishes but there is a lot more to it than that. Each region of this fantastic country has a different type of cuisine. Perhaps the one which has received most critical acclaim in the UK in recent years is the Tuscan cuisine. This is a simple, wholesome way of cooking which involve a lot of fresh ingredients. Best of all, this is a picturesque region which great cities like Florence and Siena in it. Many Brits decide to come here to enjoy a foodie holiday, with some of them even deciding to take Tuscan cookery classes as part of the adventure.
Oktoberfest for a Huge Variety of Sausages
The variety and quality of sausages on sale in Germany is quite staggering. From the classic Bratwurst to the fast food staple called Currywurst and the bloody Blutwurst, there are many different types for you to try. Oktoberfest in Munich is one of the best opportunities to try out some of these wonderful sausages. Huge amounts of sausages are eaten here, along with an estimated 7 litres of beer ever year. If you like the sound of this sort of food experience then Oktoberfest in Munich could be ideal for you.
Paella and Horchata in Valencia
If there is one food you associate with Spain above all others then it is probably paella. You might be surprised to find how many different types of paella you find once you travel there. It is a basically a rice dish which can include seafood, meat, vegetables, beans and just about anything else. While we tend to think of this as being a typical Spanish meal, it is really most associated with the Valencia region. That doesn’t mean that you can’t get a plate of paella elsewhere. However, if you want to eat it in a classic setting you should do so in Valencia or the surrounding region. A classic drink here is called horchata and a refreshing glass of this delicious drink will help cool you down on a hot summer’s day.
Frog’s Legs in Dombes
It has recently been suggested that Brits were eating frog’s legs before the French started doing so. This is regarded as a classic Gallic dish but it is far from the only country where they are seen as a delicacy. For example, Indonesia, Thailand and China are some of the places where they are commonly eaten. The Dombes region of France is one of the parts of the country where they are most widely consumed. If you want to try some local specialities while you are in France then this is sure to be near the top of your list.