Menus are bulging with seasonal produce at this time of year, often amid traditional food festivals. From Andalucía to Tuscany, via the Scottish Highlands, our tipsters forage for treats
Every October the town of Aracena, Huelva province, (a 90-minute drive north-west from Seville) hosts the Feria del Jamón Ibéric (Ibérico ham festival) to celebrate its local delicacy. As well as market stalls, exhibits, a ham-cutting competition and the chance to win your weight in ham, the local bars and tavernas offer two tapas for €2 and then stamp your loyalty card allowing you to vote for the best tapas of the festival. If you can’t make the festival, the Ibérico Ham tour runs throughout the year – a guide takes you from farm to fork and shows why the black-footed pig has been considered a delicacy for centuries. The town also has a ham museum.
• In 2017, the festival runs on two consecutive weekends in October (20-22 and 27-29). Ham tours cost €37.50 (under-12s free), last 2½ hours and run at 11am and 4.30pm daily