Italy has long had a reputation as food capital of the world, but what I have realised over the summer months travelling around Sardinia and Sicily that eating or drinking a product is not enough. It has to have its own festival. This leads to a summer extravaganza where you can experience the delights of the tuna festival of Stintino, the cous cous festival of San Vito Lo Capo, Sicily or the red onion festival of Tropea, Calabria. This is not taking into account the celebrations for lemons, swordfish, local cakes, icecreams, melons, to say nothing of local liqueurs and wines that are unique to the smallest of villages across the country. And when it comes down to it, what better way to spend an evening than drinking, eating and dancing all to the homage of a root vegetable!