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Italy Taste Festivals

If you’re interested in Italian cuisine and planning on being in the Eternal City at the end of September, there is one event you can’t allow yourself to miss.

Taste of Roma is an annual cooking festival bringing together the hungry public and some of Rome’s most celebrated chefs, sommeliers, and mixologists. This is a rare chance for you to rub shoulders with some of the most inventive minds of the city’s culinary scene.

The event will be held on September 21-24 in the stunning Auditorium Parco Della Musica, where 18 chefs will fiercely compete with each other for you to decide which is dish is your favorite. And don’t forget the activities included in the price of admission are: cooking shows, wine and cocktail master classes, and more.

How Taste of Roma Works

The standard ticket costs 16 euros (14 euros for the Saturday lunch session only). In addition, you need to get a “Sesterzio Card.”

Each Sesterzio (a tribute to the currency of Ancient Rome) equals 1 euro, but the minimum increment to charge your card is 5 euros. Each gourmet dish costs from 6 to 10 euros – a true bargain considering the caliber of chefs cooking for you.

A VIP Ticket costs 60 euros and adds quite a few snacks, drinks, and perks:

  • VIP Lounge by Diners Club International exclusive access
  • VIP Lounge activities
  • 1 glass of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne
  • 1 glass of Birrificio Angelo Poretti beer
  • 1 Sesterzio Card (preloaded with 25 euros)
  • 1 bottle of Ferrarelle water
  • Tribute to Rome: tonnarelli with pecorino, pepper, and truffle

Special Diners Club VIP Taste of Roma Offer

As the Preferred Payments Partner of the Taste of Roma, Diners Club offers Clubmembers VIP access and exclusive opportunities at this fully immersive Taste Festival. The 80 euro ticket costs only 20 euros more than a VIP ticket, but also includes exclusive access to the Diners Privee and Piper-Heidsieck champagne open bar among other perks. These benefits are in addition to the previously-listed VIP perks.

Taste of London: The Festive Edition

Another event that you don’t want to miss is the Taste of London: The Festive Edition which will be held in East London on November 15-18. This culinary feast featuring world-renowned chefs and personalities takes place at the historic Tobacco Dock in London’s Enterprise Zone.

Tickets range from 10 pounds for the entry pass to 47 pounds for the Champagne bundle that includes:

  • Fast-track entry
  • Access to VIP Lounge
  • A glass of Champagne Laurent-Perrier La Cuveé
  • Multiple entries
  • Up to three dishes

Taste of London: The Festive Edition usually attracts over 28,000 visitors. If you choose to visit this unparalleled Taste Festival, stay tuned for more information about Diners Club exclusive access and special offers.

The information provided herein is sponsored by Discover® Global Network. It is intended for informational purposes, and is not intended as a substitute for professional advice.

Andy Shuman is a travel and credit expert and a freelance writer who loves to share tips about traveling in style and saving money. His articles have appeared in travel and financial online publications, such as,,,,, and many others. Andy also blogs at, and he’s the author of the Amazon bestselling Lazy Traveler’s Handbook series.