The end of September can only herald one thing. Not the beginning of October but the beginning of Oktoberfest. It is a time for dressing up and drinking lots of beer. The festival actually starts in September (the 17th this year) and is known for its strong traditions.
The Business Insider made a list of tips for travelers to survive the festival. One noticeable one was not to be alarmed to see drinkers snorting a white powder. This is known as Wisn koks which translates to Oktoberfest cocaine. It looks like cocaine, is snorted like cocaine and is called cocaine but it is actually a traditional Oktoberfest pick-me-up made of sugar and menthol. If the beer is making you sluggish be sure to try it.
Lviv’s Festival of Cheese and Wine
Travel Way included this festival in their top 10 list of things to do in Europe for a reason. And that reason is that it is an excellent chance to experience the cheese and wine making traditions of Ukraine. When most people think of cheese and wine festivals they conjure up images of France or Spain. The festival in Lviv is the largest in Ukraine and attracts producers and visitors from across the country.
One of its traditions is the Day of Cheese Cake where all festivalgoers are given a piece of cheesecake. Ukrainian wine is not well known and this is a great chance to try something new. If you drink too much the festival also has a painting competition using wine.
Whisky Show, London
The United Kingdom is the place to go for your European travels this year. After the June 23 referendum vote to leave the European Union traveling to the UK has become cheaper. Airport carparking specialist Parking4Less a company that operates out of all major airports stated on their Brexit blog that in the run up to vote the pound was at a thirteen month low. They predicted that it would only get worse, which it has, that in turn means it is a great time to visit. For thirsty travelers the 2016 Whisky Show in London will showcase some of the best whiskies in the world in one place.
The festival runs from October 1 -2 and will feature over 600 whiskies for visitors to try and buy. This year’s theme for the show is Masterpieces and some of the United Kingdom’s best whisky brewers are coming to show off their wares. Included in the exhibitors are familiar names such as The Balvenie, Glenfiddich, and Jameson. Yet the festival is more of a celebration of lesser-known whisky brewers. This is a rare chance to discover your next favorite whisky.
This is a guest contributed post from Michelle Green