Archive for the ‘Quirky’ Category

Judging gelato – the best gig of my life

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

The end of the Gelato World Tour – the culmination of three years of worldwide national competitions where the public could vote for their favourite flavour. Since 2015 over 1,800 gelato makers have competed for a place in the finals held in the north Italian town of Rimini. 36 finalists from 4 continents and 19 different countries prepared batches of their winning flavours with ingredients ranging from rose water and black tea to cheese, extra virgin olive oil and even meat.
I was asked if I’d like to be on the journalists’ jury. What a silly question!

First broadcast on Inside Europe, Deutsche Welle Radio, 21st September, 2017

Ruttosound – Italy’s burpfest

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Burping is a socially unacceptable habit in many cultures. But each year, crowds flock to the Italian town of Reggiolo, to listen to belching in all its myriad forms. It’s a competition called Ruttosound, part of an annual beer festival – and for a good cause with contestants clearing their oesophagus’ to raise money for charity. I took a deep breath and checked it out.

(first broadcast on Inside Europe, Deutsche Welle Radio, 4th August 2016)

No Whey!

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

I confess, I stole this title from the Slow Food website. But it was so brilliant, I couldn’t help myself.

If you usually buy your cheese in slices, plastic casing or foil-wrapped triangles, you’d be truly overwhelmed by a visit to Slow Food’s biennial festival: Cheese.

Located in Bra, in the north west Italian region of Piedmont, the 4-day event takes over the entire hill town. Huge marquees in the piazzas and hundreds of stands lining the streets offer visitors the chance to taste and buy a vast selection of cheeses produced by more than 300 artisan cheese-makers from every corner of the globe.

I was there to sample some of the weirdest varieties on offer…

(first broadcast on Inside Europe, Deutsche Welle Radio, 27th September, 2015)