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Food festivals are ten-a-penny these days, so it can be tough choosing the right one that's worth whisking your loved one away for. From London to Australia, here are our top romantic - and sometimes weird - food festivals worldwide.
When: Saturday 25 Oct 2014
Where: Tyrrell's Vineyard, Broke Road, Pokolbin, Hunter Valley
How much: AU$89p/p (£49)
If food, wine and dancing is your thing, take your loved one to Hunter Valley's Jazz in the Vines festival. Deep in the lush foothills of the Brokenback Mountains, the day-long celebration offers the very best of all elements supplied: gourmet food from leading restaurants, famous Hunter Valley wine and fantastic entertainment. And you can enjoy it all from the comfort of a picnic blanket too.
When: 26-27 Sep 2014, 10am-5pm
Where: Bridgend, Wales
How much: Free
Feastival is Wales' alternative food event. It boasts cuisine with a difference, but still promotes the best of Welsh produce at its core. Expect food demos, tasting tents, drink stands and games - perfect if you have youngsters or just want to embrace your inner child.
When: TBC Aug 2014
Where: Dalvíkurbyggð (Dalvik) village, Iceland
How much: Free
The Great Fish Day - also known as the Dalvik Fish Festival - is an annual festival in Dalvíkurbyggð, a little fishing village to the north of the island with just 1,800 inhabitants. On the first day, local families place torches outside their homes, a signal that anyone is welcome to stop by for a dose of fish soup. And on Saturday afternoon (usually the first or second weekend in August), there's a huge cook-up of cod, salmon and haddock. Perfect if you love seafood as much as you love your spouse.
When:26-28 Sep 2014
Where:Queen's Walk, Southbank, London
How much: Free
London's Eat the World festival is a confection of delectable street foods, dynamic traders and multiculturalism. It features the best grub from all corners of the globe as well as craft beer, wine and cocktail bars, best enjoyed while taking a romantic stroll along the Thames.
Where: Different venues
How much: £15 for adults or £12.50 in advance
Calling all chocolate fiends! Whether you're getting loved-up in London, perusing Paris or canoodling in Cologne, there's a chocolate show for almost every location. The Salon du Chocolat brings together the greatest chocolatiers, chefs and pastry chefs from all over the world, offering samples, talks, exhibitions and workshops. And if you want to get really odd, there's even a chocolate fashion show, where the models dress up in dessert-inspired frocks. No, we're not kidding. For full dates, countries and venues, see the Salon du Chocolat website.
When: 30 Jul-3 Aug 2014
Where: Rockland, Maine, Massachusetts
How much: Tickets are US$5 (£3) on Weds, US$8 (£4.80) Thurs-Sat, free on Sun
With its icy Atlantic waters and temperate climate, it's not surprise that Maine is famous for its world-class lobster. Mix over 20,000lbs of this flaming red crustacean with an international crate race (running on boxes floating in water!), a lobster-themed parade and live entertainment, and what do you get? Why, it's the Maine Lobster Festival of course! The annual celebration is the perfect excuse to hop over the pond and eat as much seafood as you and your partner can manage.
When: 31 Jul-3 Aug and 24-26 Oct 2014
Where: Johannesburg and Durban
How much: TBC
Unleash your inner foodie with your loved one by your side. South Africa's Good Food and Wine Show is a feast for the senses. Think new sensations, foraging, sustainability and world food design trends; it guarantees to showcase the best of the country's food, drink and lifestyle.
When: 16-17 Aug 2014
Where: Newchurch, Isle of Wight, England
How much: Tickets £9 for adults
With gigantic garlic marquees and day-long cookery demos, the Isle of Wight's annual Garlic Festival offers local produce to tempt the taste buds. It features hundreds of arts and craft stalls alongside mouthwatering grub, infused with the island's favourite pungent herb. Live music, archery and a giant fun fair add a touch of high-school-style romance too. No kissing behind the bike sheds after this one though - you might be a bit stinky!
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