TRUF­FLE JOLAIS GOOD SHUF­FLE SHOW CHAM­PAGNE SUPERNOVA NEXT OF SOFT MOSELLE PUMP­KIN

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De­pend­ing on your view, truf­fles are ei­ther strange and in­sanely ex­pen­sive balls of fun­gus , or fab­u­lous gourmet morsels. The Tus­can vil­lage of San Mini­ato thinks the lat­ter. It has a yearly fes­ti­val de­voted to the white ver­sion (Nov 10-25; see san­mini­ato­pro­mozione.it). Head­ing to the USA for Thanks­giv­ing (Nov 22) as a Bri­tish tourist is like sneak­ing back into a party 235 years af­ter you’ve been chucked out for bad be­hav­iour. Still, few au­tumn food-re­lated cel­e­bra­tions have the piz­zazz. A week at the Fair­mont Co­p­ley Plaza in Bos­ton (whose restau­rant, oak­long­bark­itchen.com, has a Thanks­giv­ing menu; $65/£49), leav­ing Heathrow on Nov 18, costs from £1,117pp (vir­gin­hol­i­days.co.uk). Ger­many doesn’t like wine. Only beer. Right? Nein. South-east­erly Deutsch­land will also will be alive with viti­cul­tural hur­rahs in the com­ing weeks. The pretty Rhineland town of Cochem, on the River Moselle, will keep its Fed­er­weis­senfest of flow­ery whites and mu­sic bands go­ing un­til Nov 11; see ro­man­tic-ger­many.info. Beau­jo­lais nou­veau is an­other feted French wine, and it is eu­lo­gised ev­ery Novem­ber in the vil­lage of Beau­jeu, near Lyon –at Les Sar­mentelles (Nov 14-18; sar­mentelles.com). When is an au­tumn wine fes­ti­val not an au­tumn wine fes­ti­val? When it’s the Habits de Lu­miere (habits­de­lu­miere. eper­nay.fr), and it’s held in the last month of the year

(Dec 14-16). Which is win­ter. But then, this is a trib­ute to cham­pagne, with gourmet evenings, fire­works and light shows, in the re­gional cap­i­tal Eper­nay. And who is go­ing to tell the Cham­pagne re­gion what to do? Ex­acte­ment. A few ran­dom facts about Conwy. It’s on the north coast of Wales. It has a mag­nif­i­cent cas­tle, which Ed­ward I con­structed in a snarky bit of em­pire build­ing be­tween 1283 and 1289. It has an an­nual food-and-mu­sic bo­nanza, known as the Gwledd Conwy Feast (con­wyfeast.co.uk), which is set for Oct 26-28. You should go.

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