Music Festivals have been a staple of the British summertime for a life time! Images of Kate Moss, the Gallagher brothers and other mid-90s alumni spring to mind when you think of those iconic years at Glastonbury. There is barely a spare weekend between May and September where a park in the UK isn’t filled with denim-short-wearing, face-painted, selfie-stick-using, overpriced-beer-drinking festive goers. This isn’t just a British phenomenon- all around the world, music festivals are a key part of any summer. In more recent times, the festive trend is growing in popularity in other areas beside music. The food festival has also become a global movement; people are enjoying their food differently and like the interactive and live cooking elements of them. With this in mind, we at Food by Dish are going to take you on a culinary adventure investigating the best food festivals around the world.
We’ll begin our food exploration with mouth-watering seafood on the eastern coast of the United States. There is no better place to indulge in delicious lobster than the Maine Lobster Festival that takes place each August. It goes beyond a traditional food festival and gives its guests five days filled with fun and entertainment. In addition to consuming about 17,000 lbs of lobster, visitors can explore the marine tent filled with sea life and enjoy a lobster parade! There is also a cooking competition with live entertainment playing throughout the event. This is the perfect choice for all seafood lovers whilst enjoying the sites of New England.
Continuing down to South America, you will find incredibly diverse foods from a unique culture. The Mistura food festival is the largest food fair in South America and features in excess of 200 Peruvian food stalls. This ten day event is held throughout the coast, jungle and mountains of the Green Coast of Magdalena del Mar in Peru and highlights every unique taste found within this diverse country. From paiche (gigantic fish) to cuy (guinea pig) you are guaranteed to have a unique and unforgettable dining experience at this celebration of Peruvian culture.
For a less risky food experience, we will now cross the Atlantic Ocean and travel to London. Chocolate lovers…. all your dreams will come true at the London Chocolate Festival! Not only will guests dine on some of the most delectable chocolate in the world, but they will also have the opportunity to create a face mask using delicious, antioxidant rich chocolate! This festival caters to all of your beauty needs at the Cocoa Spa which features a chocolate scrub, rose massage and chocolate bath. Internationally renowned experts flock to London and lead visitors on a tasting experience that is sure to leave you wanting more. This is the essential food festival for all chocolate fans.
In contrast to the relaxing and sophisticated chocolate festival, Oktoberfest in Munich is an exciting and high-paced culinary extravaganza. It can best be described as sixteen days of non-stop drinking and eating. Attracting over six million people each year, this is one of the most well-known food and drink festivals in the world. After tasting classic German delights such as Weiβwurst, guests have constant entertainment that varies from parades to carnival rides…and of course the Schuhplattler. Scheduled family days are included in the events, making Oktoberfest a fun experience for all ages.
After having the time of your life in Germany for Oktoberfest, head over to Spain for a rare and enjoyable food festival. La Tomatina is a food festival that takes place in Buñol on the last Wednesday of August. At 10 am, participants must attempt to climb a greased pole and grab the pork that is located at the top. Once this is achieved, trucks filled with tomatoes begin to arrive in the centre of Plaza del Pueblo and the festival truly begins. Festival goers throw tomatoes at each other in a frenzy only typical in Spain. After exactly one hour, the tomato fight ends and about 150,000 tomatoes have been thrown. Although this isn’t a typical food festival, La Tomatina is an unquestionably unique and fun tradition.
To wind down from your exhilarating culture-filled culinary adventures, travel Down Under to Melbourne for a sophisticated and refined food festival. If you’ve ever wanted to spend a week and a half eating, drinking and socialising with fellow food lovers from around the world look no further. The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is an unforgettable nine days that attracts over 300,000 visitors worldwide. It is a whirlwind of food adventures, with venues varying from famous restaurants to hidden cellars. Last year, Bank of Melbourne kicked off the festival by breaking the record for the “World’s Longest Lunch”. Dining on the freshest produce in Australia, 1604 visitors sat at a 530 metre table to enjoy a three course lunch. Famous chefs from all over the world were in attendance, including London’s very own Justin Gellalty. The Melbourne Food and Wine festival showcases Victoria’s delicious food, endless wine, and beautiful scenery.
As you can see, food festivals are uniting people from across the world and show how people want more from their food than a traditional seated meal. Food by Dish offer a ‘World Market’ experience at unique venues in Central London, taking influences from many of the food festivals around the world. We have found that the rise of food festivals has translated to events and people are looking to create an interactive and multicultural experience at their parties. Food festivals not only provide delicious food, but also give their guests an unexpected culinary adventure. The food festival choices are unlimited – where will you go first?!