10 food festivals that will make your mouth water

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From seafood sensations to experimental wine tastings, food festivals offer some of the best gastronomic offerings around. We’ve come up with the top 10 foodie festivities out there, so tuck in.

From seafood sensations to experimental wine tastings, food festivals offer some of the best gastronomic offerings around. We’ve come up with the top 10 foodie festivities out there, so tuck in. Bon appétit!

Melbourne Food and Wine
Photo: Daniel Mahon / melbournefoodandwine.com.au

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Australia

Every year, food and wine aficionados descend on Australia’s culinary capital for this 20-day gourmet feast. Come for gastronomic tours, wine tastings, and celebrity chef-spotting along Melbourne’s laneways.

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Volunteers at the Lobster Festival, Rockland. Photo: manray3

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Maine Lobster Festival, USA

On the first weekend in August, Maine boils up 20,000 pounds of lobster to the mellow strumming of live music. Go the whole way with a full Lobster Dinner or delight in a simple lobster Caesar salad, before the fun culminates in the Great International Lobster Crate Race.

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Photo: gibffe

La Tomatina, Buñol, Spain

The world’s biggest food fight is said to have begun as a local brawl back in the 1940s. There’s still no escaping as 45,000 partygoers let loose in late August, so grab an over-ripe tomato and get stuck in. Given the escalating number of revellers, tickets are now compulsory.

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Rabbit rillette and boudin blanc at Le Bistrot Du Sommelier, a partner restaurant. Photo courtesy of www.worldgourmetsummit.com

World Gourmet Summit, Singapore

Covering everything from glamorous themed dinners to cooking workshops led by Michelin-starred chefs, this 12-day event rounds up the very best in international gourmet cuisine. Celebrations began in April 1997 to promote Singapore as a culinary destination.

Madrid Fusión, Spain

The world’s top chefs congregate in the Spanish capital to predict tasty, seasonal trends and show off their tricks at this January culinary conference, which is billed as the Fashion Week of international gastronomy.

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“Sheep Testies”. Photo: Eli Duke

Hokitika Wildfoods Festival, New Zealand

Tickle those taste buds with the weird and wild foods of South Island’s West Coast, from gorse flower wine to wasp larvae ice cream. The festival – held in early March ­– has soared in popularity since its humble 1990 beginnings, and there’s now a cap at 15,000 people.

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Garlic ice cream at Gilroy Garlic Festival, California. Photo: naotakem

Gilroy Garlic Festival, USA

If you love your garlic, then the pungent aromas of Gilroy are definitely for you. Locally sourced treats include garlic lollipops and ice cream, and there’s even a Miss Gilroy Garlic contest.

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Night noodle markets at the festival. Photo: Newtown grafitti

Crave Sydney International Food Festival, Australia

Giving Melbourne a run for its money, Crave feeds into Sydney’s fascination with food. Over 520 individual events showcase the world’s culinary highlights throughout October, including Aussie hit Barbecue Madness Day. All accompanied by sun, sea, and fantastic city vistas.

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Photo: US Army Africa

Good Food and Wine Show, South Africa

Designed to inspire and delight, this festival features in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town between May and September. Expect Chef in Action theatres filled with celebrity cooks, hands-on classes for kids, and delicious treats in the Decadent Dessert Studio.

Photo: Dave Pullig / www.thefoodplace.co.uk
Photo: Dave Pullig / www.thefoodplace.co.uk

Taste of London, UK

In late June, 40 of London’s top restaurants team up to feed the hungry masses, and Regent’s Park comes alive with the signature dishes of renowned master chefs like Raymond Blanc and Gary Rhodes.

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10 food festivals that will make your mouth water was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Isabella Noble
Author: Isabella Noble (2 posts)

Isabella is a freelance travel writer. She's a London-based world traveler, but Spanish at heart.