A Taste of Europe

Try, taste, smell, sip and explore an array of flavours throughout Europe.

We’ve put together some great festivals to sample and some yummy places tried and tested by our eurocampers. So sample some new dishes, find that hidden gem of a restaurant and share your experiences with us!

Foodie Events

Salon du Chocolat, Foodie Event

Salon du Chocolat

The world's largest event dedicated to chocolate offers activities, demonstrations of recipes, workshops for kids, exhibitions, and of course tastings. A Parisian event wouldn't feel right without a touch of glamour too and Salon du Chocolat allows the exciting worlds of fashion and confectionery to collide with the Chocolate Fashion Show, featuring - you guessed it - dresses made of chocolate! Indulge in an off-season getaway at our two Paris-based parcs.

When: October (annual)
Auvergne Cheese and French Wine Fair, Foodie Events

Auvergne Cheese and French Wine Fair

Every year the streets of Besse, in the shadow of the spectacular Mont Dore, host a delicious wine and cheese fair. Patrons can sample the Auvergne's four cheeses - St Nectaire, Cantal, Bleu de Laqueueille and Fourme d'Ambert - plus a whopping 50 regional wines. Les Tours is perfectly placed to venture into the area.
 
When: July (annual)
Strawberry Festival, Foodie Events

Strawberry Festival

Smell the sweet aroma coming from market stalls at the annual Strawberry Festival held in the town of Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne. Sample some of the weird and wonderful  strawberry related products and local delicacies but make sure you don’t miss the main attraction - the building of a giant strawberry tart! Use St. Avit Loisirs or La Palombiere as a base to enjoy this quirky event.
 
When: May (annual)
Cyrano's Table Food and Wine Fair, Sarlat, Foodie Events

Cyrano's Table Food and Wine Fair

Filled with tantalising tastes Cyrano's Table is a gastronomic fair that welcomes visitors and locals alike to taste delicious local specialties and regional tipples. In the heart of Bergerac, restaurateurs, cooks and enthusiastic eaters meet in the town square to partake in the afternoon and evening events with a fireworks display finishing things off in style on Bastille Day. Embrace the culture of this wonderful region from our two nearby parcs.
 
When: May (annual)
Festival de la Mer et du Maquereau, Foodie Events

Festival de la Mer et du Maquereau, Trouville-sur-Mer

Listen to the sea shanty choirs in the background while you explore all of the days catch set up along the harbour at Trouville-sur-Mer. Join locals to celebrate town's thriving fishing industry and if you're lucky you can even take a trip in fishing vessels to try your hand at catching mackerel. With two parcs nearby, why not catch a summer holiday in the Normandy region?
 
When: July/August (annual)
Les Epicuriales, Foodie Events

Les Epicuriales

Drink, Dance and be merry at Les Epicuriales which welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors. Take in the street festival atmosphere with restaurants spilling out onto the terraces and musicians playing amongst them. In the middle of it is the all-important refreshments tent, housing an array of world and local wines. Why not spend an indulgent day out from nearby Domaine de la Rive?
 
Where to stay:La Rive (Biscarosse)
When: 14 June - 29 June 2014
Cavatast, Foodie Event

Cavatast - Cava and gastronomy fair

Add some sparkle to your holiday with the cava and food fair in Sant Sadurní d'Anoia - the capital of the Cava region! Cavatast boasts best caves and the best food trends of the season, exhibitors offer visitors an extraordinary range of products for tasting, enjoying and taking home. 
 
When: 4, 5 and 6 October
Haro Wine Battle, Haro, Spain, Foodie Events

Haro Wine Battle, Haro, Spain

This bizarre event dates back to 1290 where participants liven up proceedings by “baptizing” each other in wine, involving some 5,000 participants wearing white T-shirts until they turn a deep shade of purple. Around 20,000 litres of wine are thrown around and anyone is fair game - even television camera crews! When the supplies of ammunition have dwindled the festivities carry on into the night with dancing, fireworks and general merriment.
 
Where to stay: Playa Joyel (Noja)
When: 29 June (annual)
La Tomatina, Foodie Events

La Tomatina

La Tomatina is a world famous event in which participants hurl tomatoes at each other in the name of fun. The festival has inspired similar events across the world and this original, week long festival attracts 30,000 visitors each year. Not just a food fight, the event features music, parades, dancing, and fireworks.
 
Where to stay: Cambrils Park (Salou)
When: August (annual)

Tried and tested by our customers

'In the heart of the medieval village, Mougins has become a mythical place for food lovers around the world. After undertaking a complete renovation, the Almond is an authentic restaurant with a lovely outdoor terrace on the top floor, where you can admire the views across the hills and the olive groves.'
 
'Situated on the Bolsena lakeshore in the surrounding park, fragrant with scents and blossoms, La Pineta restaurant is a secluded paradise.  Enjoy meals admiring a magnificent sunset on the lakes water just a few metres from the restaurant gardens.'
 
'Stock up on cured meats or Italian cheese for the ultimate holiday lunch from the Market that takes place each Tuesday.'

'San Sebastien will meet your appetite for old-town culture and offers a taste of Spain just over the border from France'.
 
'If you know your gouda from your edam, hit Alkmaar on a Friday and munch your way around the cheese market.'
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Tried and Tested

We’ve spoken to our Destination Managers to cherry pick to best selection of food sampled across Europe, see what our team of eurocampers recommend from their travels…

‘After a long day at the beach centre plage in the local village of Bidart take the short 1 minute walk to the regionally renowned ‘Tatina de la Playa’ restaurant. With stunning & unspoilt views over the Atlantic you can watch the sun go down whilst sipping a fantastic Kir Royale before deciding on which fish you want cooked from the vast selection on the menu. You must try the ‘Thon à la basquaise’ (tuna fillet in a tomato and pepper regional sauce).' 
Le Ruisseau, Biarritz
Mike, Destination Manager  
 
‘Just a 5 minute stroll from Portiragnes Les Sablons is the wonderful family run restaurant ‘Le Provençal’. Husband and wife team Cedric & Nathalie are your hosts for the evening serving up a vast array of seafood delicacies and traditional fayre to suit all tastes and budgets. The ‘Domaine de Preignes’ wine from the local vineyard is an absolute must to accompany your meal.’  
Portiragnes, Languedoc
Mike, Destination Manager 
 
‘In the heart of Argeles Plage is a great Brasserie ‘Le Solazo’ serving a vast array of great local and international food. A calzone is a must or indeed a ‘galette complete’ (savoury pancake filled with stuffing Roussillon (Argeles La Chapelle or Les Pins)of your choice) I always go for the ham, cheese & mushroom. Yum.’ 
Argeles La Chapelle or Les Pins, Rouillsion 
Mike, Destination Manager  
 
'One of the staples of Umbrian cuisine, black truffles are served grated over pasta, mixed into sauces and in pâtés. They are often referred to as Umbria's black gold. You can sample a delicious bowl of truffle pasta at Camping Il Collaccio whilst enjoying panoramic views of the Umbrian countryside from the Porcello Felice (Happy Pig) Ristorante. Why not book yourself in for some "Italian Mamma" themed cooking lessons whilst you are there..?'
Camping Il Collaccio, black truffles, Umbria
Laura T, Destination Manager
 
'Three parts Prosecco, 2 parts Aperol, 1 part soda, Spritz Aperol was first introduced in Padua in 1919, and this stylish drink has become the signature cocktail of Italy. With a fresh, zesty flavour, it makes a great apperitivo and can be sampled all over Italy.'
Look out for this throughout Italy
Laura T, Destination Manager
 
'Scottiglia di cinghiale (Tuscan wild boar stew), is rich and tasty comfort food. It is served at many local trattorie in Tuscany but you can be sure to find it in the Autumn at Ristorante Vecchio Girasole at Camping Norcenni Girasole Club. Foodies will be spoilt for choice here and the campsite really know their (food) stuff. The site owner is a graduated sommelier and offers wine tasting and cooking classes on site. He takes real pride in the restaurant. Here you will eat alongside the locals, tucking into the greatest of Tuscan delights, food and wine, enjoying fabulous views over the Tuscan hills.' 
Camping Norcenni Girasole Club, Tuscany
Laura T, Destination Manager  
 
'Produced on the Island of the Sun, Sicilian sweet pastries, or "dolce", as the locals may call them, are produced by skilled confectioners, with a selection of different pastries being made in each town and for each season. The ultimate treat has to be Cannoli Siciliani. The crispy pastry shell is filled with whipped ricotta and chocolate chips, with a dusting of icing sugar on top to finish it off. It doesn't get much better than that!'
La "dolce" vita – Sicily
Laura T, Destination Manager