Each country in the world has unique culinary treasures and food traditions. These are celebrated in delicious and colourful food festivals around the world.
Here are my 5 list of awesome food festivals that I am dying to try to:
- Maslenitsa Festival (Pancake Festival)
A traditional Russian holiday, celebrates the end of winter and the coming of spring. Also known as Butter week or Pancake Week, the festival spread over several days has festivities that include the preparation and consumption of pancakes. It is held every year in February or March for seven days. The golden-brown round-shaped pancakes are said to represent the round yellow sun that has emerged after the cold wintry days. The piping hot, crisp, golden-brown pancakes are eaten along with butter, jam, fruit preserves, and for those with expensive tastes, the caviar.
- International Mango Festival
It is held every year in July in New Delhi, India. The International Mango festival is a celebration of this “King of fruits.” The delicious mango is seen at the festival in all its glory. Started in 1987, the festival attracts more visitors with every passing year, who come to see the range of delicious and succulent mangoes on offer. Prizes are awarded in various categories to mango growers and producers at the conclusion of the event. More than 550 varieties of mango are exhibited at the festival. Various mango-based products such as mango juice, mango ice-cream, and mango-based desserts are also on offer for visitors. A mango-eating contest, where contestants try to eat as many mangoes as they can in a limited time is another highlight of the event.
- Maine Lobster Festival
I love lobster! I will definitely go to Maine to experience their Lobster Festival. Their Maine Lobster Festival is a celebration of the cuisine that has developed around the succulent lobsters found off the coast of Maine, USA. Located a few hours from Boston, Rockland Maine has been hosting this festival for 66 years and describe it as “Five Days of Feasting and Fun on the Fabulous Coast of Maine!” I bet this is a heaven for me.
- Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
Australia’s cultural capital has hosted this 20 day festival for 20 years, a showcase of the continent’s culinary mastery through cooking demonstrations, special tours and food tastings throughout the city. Imagine the length of the festival, 20? You’ll also be able to meet celebrity chefs and artisan food crafters, go to gala dinners and discover Down Under’s most fantastic flavours.
- Hokitika Wildfoods Festival
Taking place on the Wild West coast of New Zealand’s scenic South Island, this festival celebrates the weird side of food. Try dishes like wild snails, worm milkshakes, flower wine, huhu grubs and more. And I don’t think that I will ever get to survive eating these things. What do you think?
Whether you like trying new ethnic foods, fine wines, garlic ice cream or worm milkshakes, there’s a food festival somewhere in the world calling your name. You should go!