World’s Best Food Festivals (Part Two)
If you love experiencing the cuisines of other cultures check out Part Two of our list of some of the world’s best food festivals. If you missed Part One you can read it here.
Ludlow food festival – Ludlow, UK
In early September the historic town of Ludlow embraces the very best of UK produce and offers visitors the chance to sample a slice of contemporary British food culture while enjoying a huge range of activities.
As well as a large local-produce market there are cider pressing demonstrations, young chef contests, brewery tours, foraging walks, big top circus entertainments, the Sausage Trail, chocolate tasting, a waiters race, and plenty more.
And if you fancy doing something really active to work up an appetite you may want to take part in the annual Magnalonga. This eight mile hike takes you through the beautiful Shropshire countryside. After every couple of miles you take a break and enjoy one course of the day’s five course menu, washed down with a reenergising beer, cider or liqueur.
Fête de l’Huître et du Pineau – Marennes-Oléron, France
Seafood fans should head over to Marennes-Oléron in France at the height of summer if they want to sample some of the country’s best offerings.
This region, which lies along the nation’s Atlantic coast, is responsible for producing half of France’s total oyster harvest every year.
Consequently, every August oysters are celebrated at the Fête de l’Huître et du Pineau (or Oyster Festival And Pineau, Pineau being a favourite local aperitif).
Oysters, obviously, are the main attraction of the festival and are served up incredibly fresh and either plain or simply dressed. Pineau, a fortified wine made of a blend of unfermented grape juice and cognac, is also abundant.
As the area is so famous for its seafood you may also want to sample the region’s mussels, langoustines, crayfish and maigre.
Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival – San Francisco, USA
This annual choco-fest has been taking place in San Francisco’s Ghirardelli Square for two decades, and if you’ve got a sweet tooth this is definitely the food festival for you.
Over two days you can participate in activities like the ‘Earthquake’ Ice Cream Eating Contest and the Ghirardelli Chocolate Hunt, while listening to live music, watching chef demonstrations and sampling a selection of treats supplied by the finest local dessert companies.
And if you fancy learning about how chocolate progresses from bean to bar, you might want to attend Ghirardelli’s Chocolate School.
The Festival also features a silent auction. Proceeds from the festival’s activities go to Project Open Hand. This local organisation aims to ensure that the elderly, homebound and critically ill are provided with hot meals.
Turin Slow Food Festival – Turin, Italy
This bi-annual, government sponsored food festival is put on by Slow Food International and celebrates traditional farming methods and quality produce.
After the Terra Madre (Mother Earth) workshops, over 5,000 representatives from more than 120 countries get together to produce an epic Salone del Gusto (Hall of Taste), giving you the opportunity to sample a vast array of ingredients and see a huge range of international costumes.
As the Slow Food movement began in Rome back in the 80’s (supposedly in protest of the city’s first MacDonald’s) and as Turin is one of the food capitals of the world, the Turin Slow Food festival is one of the best.
Jakarta Fashion and Food Festival – Jakarta, Indonesia
If you love fashion as much as you love food then this is the event for you. At the Jakarta Fashion and Food Festival rich and diverse local culinary treats are celebrated and the best of local fashion is displayed.
The event is divided into three parts: the Gading Nite Carnival (which marks the opening of the festival with a lively street parade and firework show) the Fashion Extravaganza (which showcases a mixture of Indonesia’s young, independent and famous designers) and the Food Festival (at which local dishes and flavours are offered up in traditional and revolutionary ways).
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