Everyone loves eating food. Foodies all over the world are curious about different food cultures of different countries. In a world where you can have a full English breakfast followed by a French inspired brunch and an Italian dinner with some wine to go with it, food festival has always been an excellent door to exploring local cuisine. The popularity of food festivals has been growing each year and with many new ones getting scheduled every year, a food aficionado can loads to choose from.
La Tomatina festival, Spanish
This Spanish festival celebrates the humble red tomato with the biggest food fight on the planet (pictured above). Held in the town of Buñol, this insane party starts with a rush to climb a ham-topped greasy pole. Once the ham is grabbed, several truckloads of tomatoes drive into the city and the crowd goes wild throwing them at each other and creating a massive mess of marinara.
Abergavenny Food Festival: United Kingdom
One of Wales’ biggest food festivals, Aber has over 150 stalls offering great local Welsh produce. Abergavenny food fest has everything ranging from great food on the event to master classes from chefs like Pierre Koffmann. Local pubs and restaurants come alive when the fest is around the corner as they offer special menu like home smoked garlic to Welsh Onion bread to a perfect martini! Along with the masterclass, there will be tutored tastings food talks with food critics and coveted chefs and guided walks to learn about harvest of field and hedgerow this year. Chefs likes Tom Kerridge, Bryn Williams, Florence Knight will be there to teach as well as showcase culinary talent this year.
Mid-Autumn Festival, China
The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Mooncake Festival, is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar (this year falling on September 27th). Families gather to celebrate the year’s harvest and make offerings to the Goddess of the Moon, Chang’e. Sweet mooncakes made from lotus paste with an egg yolk centre are commonly eaten and children carry lanterns to commemorate the event. This grand festival is celebrated across Asia, including China, Vietnam, Singapore and Taiwan.
Set in the birthplace of pizza itself, the Naples Pizzafest is a four-day celebration of one of the world’s favourite snacks. Watch pizza makers show off their dough-throwing skills, enjoy live music and performances, and of course, indulge in the many varieties of freshly-baked pizza.
Maslenitsa Pancake Festival, Russia
The Maslenitsa Festival is a traditional Russian holiday and possibly the yummiest way to celebrate the end of winter and usher in the beginning of spring. Thin golden pancakes or crepes are made to symbolize the sun in shape and colour and are eaten all week with an assortment of jams, butter, fruits and even caviar. Sweet rounds of bread called sushki are also on the menu and are commonly strung together to form a delicious edible necklace.