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Come to the beautiful River Cottage HQ in the stunning Axe Valley in southwest England for a day of celebration and get a taste for the highlights of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s two-decade career as a chef, campaigner, food writer and broadcaster. At an intimate event for just 48 guests, you will be treated to two unforgettable dining experiences bookending an event that features 20 courses epitomising this celebrated chef’s sustainability-based culinary philosophy. The day starts with a welcome lunch in the 18th-century barn and concludes with a spectacular 10-course sit down dinner, taking in cooking over a wood fire, salami-making, a “pick and nibble” tour of the farm and seed tray planting along the way. Fearnley-Whittingstall will be at the heart of the day, regaling guests with tales from the past 20 years and ensuring that you’ll leave River Cottage not only with a signed cookbook and the treats you’ve helped prepare, but personal anecdotes and treasured culinary memories.
If you’re a follower of chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s long-held and now supremely current philosophy of sustainability, you will no doubt have already adopted these tenets in your culinary life. Now you have the opportunity to be inspired on another level, with an energising four-night wellness retreat that will bring you greater cookery and nutrition insights, mindfulness and a sense of wellbeing. This intimate and restorative experience will include organic meals and snacks, yoga and inner-wellness sessions, cookery classes and time in nature – whether on coastal walks, foraging, cooking on the beach or relaxing under a starry sky. Choose to stay in a newly refurbished farmhouse bedroom at the stunning 17th-century River Cottage HQ or a bespoke bell tent in the wildflower meadow – and return to a world in tune with the changing seasons, far from the rush of everyday life, and reconnect with nature, food and yourself.
Feel an exhilarating sense of freedom and lightness as you and your companion glide along side-by-side in two agile and graceful gyroplanes. A skilled pilot will navigate your flights over the beautiful historic city of Hildesheim, so you can concentrate completely on committing this experience to memory while always feeling in safe hands – or, if you are feeling adventurous, you are free to take control. The test flight is part of a visit to the pioneering AutoGyro GmbH. Founded in 1999, the company specialises in producing hand-made, individually tailored gyroplanes. Experience a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of the factory and learn about the unique process of designing and assembling the award-winning aircraft and customising them to each buyer’s need. With 95% of the planes developed and produced directly in Hildesheim, you will be able to deep-dive into the manufacturing process and get answers to all the questions you have about these innovative machines. A lunch at a nearby restaurant will complete this fantastic day – a dream come true for every enthusiast of flying with a difference.
MIXOLOGY EXPERIENCE AT MIO LAB COCKTAIL BAR – PARK HYATT MILANO.
Cocktail first, question later: this is the motto on the magical, sensuous drinks list designed by renowned mixologist Oscar Quagliarini for the supremely refined Mio Lab at Park Hyatt Milan. For those who take this philosophy seriously, there’s the mixology experience, a one-hour session in which the secrets of classic cocktails – including martinis and Manhattans – are revealed to students of the imbibing arts. The experience is combined with a stay at the luxuriously sophisticated Park Hyatt Milan, in the heart of this north Italian city of culture and fashion, which is home to Mio Lab. An establishment that celebrates the great tradition of the hotel cocktail bar – with pintxos by two Michelin-starred chef Andrea Aprea and an outdoor extension with views onto the iconic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – it is a setting that is sure to inspire cocktail creativity.
GOURMET EXPERIENCE AT VUN ANDREA APREA – PARK HYATT MILANO.
Step into the effortlessly elegant interiors of restaurant VUN Andrea Aprea, just around the corner from Piazza del Duomo, Milan’s buzzing heart, and take a journey to various gastronomic regions of Italy. Native Neapolitan chef Andrea Aprea runs the two Michelin-starred VUN and his is a philosophy of unity, symbolised by the establishment’s name (“vun” means “one” in Milanese dialect) and the symbiosis of contemporary dining with Italian culinary traditions – in his own words, a cuisine that looks to the future, but never forgets its origins. Savour such specialities as lemon risotto with red prawns, rosemary and capers, or ‘pork 100 hours’ as part of an eight-course gourmet dinner experience with wine pairing. Set in the sophistication of Park Hyatt Milan, the comfortably chic VUN will offer you exceptional Italian cuisine with a twist.