Rufina wine-growing area are loaded on a
cart drawn by white horses, which meets up
in Florence with a parade of flag jugglers,
drummers and locals dressed in historical
costumes. The journey ends at Piazza della
Signoria for a toast to the health of the people
of Florence, followed by a public celebration.
A bonus: If you’re still in Florence on
October 7, 2018 (first Sunday of the month),
you’ll get free admission to many museums
and archaeological sights.
For foodies who want more than corn
dog nuggets and citrus swirls at the theme
parks, Orlando has two great food festivals
The Epcot International Food & Wine
Festival runs from August 30 through
November 12 and features global cuisine,
chef demonstrations, wine and food pairings, and music and dance events.
The Food & Wine Classic by Disney sister hotels the Swan and the Dolphin takes
An autumn view of
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the Tower of Palazzo
Vecchio in Florence.
Walt Disney World’s Epcot
Center hosts a food and
wine festival in the fall.
“Pirate Week” begins on November 3
on Grand Brac in the Cayman Islands
with a “pirate invasion,” led by a tall
ship flying the Jolly Roger skull and
crossbones flag, followed by parades,
fireworks, costume contests, street
dances and traditional island food.
The event moves to Grand Cayman
on November 8 and ends in Little
Cayman on the 18th.—PG
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place on October 26 and 27. You don’t have
to stay at one of the hotels to buy a ticket
for the event, which also includes seminars
on the art of sushi and sake; pasta making;
and wines, cocktails and beer.
You can buy tickets for the whole event
or for individual seminars. Families and
light eaters might want to purchase an A La
Carte ticket booklet, available at the event,
containing 25 tickets; offerings range from
two to six tickets per item.
Bora Bora and Moorea,
Hawaiki Nui Va’a is an international
event celebrating Polynesian culture with an
exciting race of traditional outrigger canoes.
This three-day, 80-mile race, from Huahine
Bay in the Leeward Islands toward Raiatea,
Taha’a and Bora Bora, is held in late October
and early November, with hundreds of
canoes and crews from Europe and throughout the Pacific.
Once you land in Papeete, take a short
flight on Air Tahiti to Bora Bora for the final
leg, then join the party in the town of Vaitape.
While you’re there, hop over to Moorea
Island, where you can hike through the
mountains, past waterfalls and then take a
zip-line back down.
Each year I start my Christmas shopping early—in Honolulu, heading to
where the locals go, the Aloha Stadium
Swap Meet, which occurs three times a
week. There are hundreds of stalls at the
market, which is located about 8 miles
inland from Honolulu.
Pick up handcrafted ukuleles, panda-nus-leaf woven baskets and handbags, and
local treats for stocking stuffers. How about a
hibiscus-print suitcase to carry your presents
home? And yes, bargaining is encouraged.