The fall may send the kids back to school and a slew of extracurricular activities, but spending time with the family shouldn’t stop when everything else picks back up. Make an exception for one of these fine food and fun festivals in November and keep up with the family at home or abroad.
For All Ages
Vegans, vegetarians and health-centric eaters can have fun too with a foodie festival just for them, Seed Food and Wine Week in Miami Beach, Florida. This plant-based and all sustainable food festival brings craft brews and food pairings, cooking demonstrations and sustainable spirits tastings, Nov. 7–11. Guests engage in urban gardening events and health seminars or dine over celebrity chef dinners and cheer on their favorite in the veggie burger battle. Enjoy yoga practice with fellow festivalgoers, join the 5K race or watch the kids play in their own activity center — a jam-packed five days filled with active foodies and plant-based chefs.
Each year the Melbourne Cup Carnival brings high fashion, fine dining, exciting entertainment and family fun. Guests venture to the city Nov. 3–10 for a full week of exceptional food and wine pairings, high-stakes horse races and a fashion contest. Guests begin with Derby Day Nov. 3, Lexus Melbourne Cup horseracing Nov. 6, Kennedy Oaks Day Nov. 8 and Stakes Day Nov. 10 — all with high-end parties and races throughout.
For Little Ones, Tweens and Teens
One unique festival you won’t want to miss, Räbechilbe Turnip Festival in Richterswil, Switzerland, celebrated just one day of the year, Nov. 10. Guests celebrate the beloved root vegetable räben, or turnip, with intricate carving designs. Watch as the beautiful shapes formed from the vegetable hang over buildings and light up the town by nightfall. Expect gorgeous lanterns along epic floats proceeding through city streets.
For College Grads
Tickets are on sale now for Denver’s premiere food and wine event, Denver International Wine Festival. Sommeliers and wine lovers flock to Colorado’s capital city Nov. 1–3 for a wide variety of wine tastings, food pairings and events. Tickets range with something for everyone, from the novice drinkers to all-access festivalgoers seeking a VIP experience, $95–370. Guests enjoy plenty of sampling of their own as well as food and wine pairing competitions, winery tours and educational seminars.
Many powerful and exceptional women have left a mark on the history of Slovenia, from Barbara of Celje, one of the most influential women of the 14th century, and Alma Karlim, an adventurous pioneer of her time who traveled the world with a typewriter, to Ita Rina, a celebrated actress from the 1920s and 30s. What better destination to celebrate International Women’s Month than a destination with a lot of her-story? Slovenia invites female travelers to explore its unique gastronomy experiences with friends.
Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
South Seas, located on Captiva Island on Florida’s Gulf Coast, welcomes family travelers this spring break with two offers that include complimentary nights. The destination offers warmer temperatures, bright blue skies and the water, as well as the chance to take in some of baseball’s spring training games as Fort Myers is home to the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins facilities.
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Germany is a fascinating destination with so much to see and do; each member of the family is sure to have an incredible time no matter what time of year you go. This may just be why Germany has been ranked No. 1 cultural travel destination in Europe for the past 10 years. This year, the country has even more reasons to make it a top family travel destination. Read on for three reasons why you shouldn’t miss this European destination.