On Saturday, May 6th, 2017, the historic northern California town of Woodland will become the hub of all things honey as it hosts the inaugural California Honey Festival, with Mead as a central theme. As the alcoholic drink derived from honey, mead plays a big part in the festivities. “To really celebrate Mead and Honey, […]


Happy Ghost Month

by Mary Jo Manzanares on August 15, 2016

Taiwan’s “Ghost Month” falls between August 3rd and September 1st this year, and although it may sound terrifying, the ceremonies and cultural festivals that take place at this time make it a very special time to visit. Legend has it that, the gates of hell open on the first day of the Lunar month and close on […]


Columbus Ale Trail Highlights Hopping Craft Beer Scene

by Anthony Manzanares on March 4, 2016

As part of the inaugural Columbus Craft Beer Week, Experience Columbus will launch the Columbus Ale Trail. The trail will highlight the city’s booming craft beer scene in a Brew Book, featuring 25 local breweries. Columbus’ rich history in craft brewing, in addition to the breadth and depth of the local products brewed, has put […]


10 of the Best 2016 Events in Ottawa

by Anthony Manzanares on December 21, 2015

Ottawa festivals

Each year Canada’s capital city hosts countless festivals, concerts and shows that celebrate everything from food and drink to sports, music and heritage. 2016 is no exception and is already shaping up be a year to remember. Here’s a list of what we think are the 10 best. 1. Winterlude – January 29-February 15. Canada’s capital […]


2015 Food Festivals on Florida’s Historic Coast

by Mary Jo Manzanares on June 3, 2015

  Located midway between Daytona Beach and Jacksonville, Florida’s Historic Coast includes historic St. Augustine , the outstanding golf and seaside elegance of Ponte Vedra, 42 miles of pristine, Atlantic beaches and the location of Ponce De Leon’s historic discovery of Florida in 1513. St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and the Beaches are fast becoming known as […]


Raise a Pint in Sacramento

by Mary Jo Manzanares on May 13, 2015

Once home to the largest craft brewery in the Golden State, Sacramento’s beer scene is back – in a big way. Home to more than 40 breweries, the Sacramento region is embracing its agricultural roots to create homegrown beers that are quickly attracting international attention.  Beyond a staggering selection of local brews to choose from, […]


Flowers and Flames Greet Spring in Valencia

by Susan McKee on March 3, 2014

Bam! I saw the firecracker flash just before I heard it. Pop! Pow! Bam! The trio of explosions echoed off the office buildings lining the narrow downtown street. The boys throwing the noisemakers toward my feet then giggled and ran off. I stepped over the still-smoking debris and continued on my way. It was just […]


Mendocino County Salutes Mr. Fungi

by Mary Jo Manzanares on October 21, 2013

Mendocino County Mushroom Festival

It’s magic mushroom time in Mendocino County with the 14th annual Mushroom,Wine, and Beer Fest. From the rolling hills of Yorkville Highlands to the Pygmy Forest of Van Damme State Park, the seasonal forage for local porcinis, chanterelles, and candy caps hits a high note this fall. Straddling historic Highways 1 and 101 with nearly […]


Midsummer, Midsummer in Sweden

by Rita Cook on August 13, 2012

midsummer celebration in Sweden

The Swedes just love their Midsummer celebration.  In fact, Midsummer is one of the biggest celebrations of the year in Sweden.  Since the Swedes must endure the long, cold winters, even just a first touch of warm weather gives them a good excuse to get outside and celebrate.  Traditionally a pagan ritual, Midsummer was the […]


Festivals in Spain

by Rita Cook on April 30, 2012

Las Fallas - Courtesy of Valencia Tourism Board

For festivals, look no further than the country of Spain for an exciting reason to celebrate.  With as many as 50 festivals to celebrate thoughout the year, a person could literally take in a festival somewhere in Spain just about any week of the year.  For me, I have my favorites for no particular reason other than when […]