Archive for the ‘Quirky’ Category

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)

Dany in Grappaland

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

The day I visited the Willy Wonka of grappa production in Bassano del Grappa

(first broadcast on From Our Own Correspondent, BBC Radio 4, 21st February, 2015)