As we have learned from the late and inspirational Anthony Bourdain, trying a country’s food is the best way to truly understand a different culture and to immerse yourself in it. Eating like a local at a traditional food festival is the ideal way to do this.

Do you and your friends consider yourselves foodies? Then a holiday that centres around one or multiple food-festivals is the perfect adventure for you!

We have compiled a list of the craziest food festivals from around the world that you must visit immediately. Trust us, they are worth the plane ticket.



The Giant Omelette Celebration in Bessières, France


According to local legends, Napoleon loved the omelette he ate in the French town of Bessières so much that he ordered for every egg in town to be made into a giant omelette for his troops to enjoy the next morning. Since then, Bessières has maintained the tradition of cooking a 15000-egg omelette every year. If you are a fan of this French egg dish, make sure to visit this historical town around Easter time.

La Tomatina in Bunol, Spain


Billed as the world’s biggest tomato fight, Bunol in Spain’s Valencia region has been hosting La Tomatina since the 1940s. If you want to participate, plan your trip to Spain for August.



Bugfest in North Carolina, USA


At the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Annual Bugfest festival – which happens once a year in September – you can try a variety of unusual culinary treats made from bugs. Are you ready to become an adventurous eater or is the thought of this festival making your skin crawl?

La Mercè festival in Barcelona, Spain


In Spain, food, culture and music are to be enjoyed simultaneously. At the La Mercè festival in Barcelona, which takes place for four days in September, you can not only witness the surreal strength involved making human towers work, but also sample all the paella, sangria and tapas you possibly can.

Chinchilla Melon Festival in Chinchilla, Australia

At first a melon festival sounds like a dull idea, until you realise what this really means. At the Chinchilla Melon Festival in Australia you can melon ski, melon ironman, melon bungee and even take part in a pip spitting or melon tossing contest. The celebration is held every February and involves lots of melons and lots of fun!

Gilroy Garlic Festival in California, USA

If you love all things garlicky, then this is the festival for you. At the Gilroy late-summer Garlic Festival’s Gourmet Alley, chefs prepare a variety of garlicky dishes on an enormous fire including garlic calamari, garlic fries, garlic bread and you can even get garlic ice cream! Would you try it?

Night of the Radishes in Oaxaca, Mexico

Ever heard of radishes the size of watermelons? In one Mexican city, carving these into elaborate sculptures at the Noche de Los Rábanos is a December tradition. As local artisans gather, you can see religious figures, mariachi and traditional Mexican symbolism in radish form.

The Cayman Cookout, Cayman Islands


Once a year in January, the world’s most famous cooks race to the Cayman Islands for an event hosted by the legendary Eric Ripert, owner of the three Michelin-starred NYC restaurant Le Bernardin. This festival has even seen Anthony Bourdain indulge in its culinary delights (pictured above). Are you ready to sample extravagant food from the world’s most talented chefs with your friends?



The Salon du Chocolat in Paris, France


Attention chocolate-lovers: this is not a drill! The Salon du Chocolat is the world’s largest event dedicated to chocolate and takes place in Paris during the Autumn time. The festival features 500 artists from 60 countries, 200 of which are chefs. You can not only admire the chocolate sculptures but you can also taste all the culinary delights and take part in the chocolate workshops. Doesn’t this sound like a dream?

Battle of the Oranges in Ivrea, Italy



This festival is not for the faint of heart. In a three-day food fight, people in Ivrea, Italy, throw as many oranges as they can at each other. This battle of the oranges dates back to the Middle ages and is still going strong today. Will you survive the battle of the oranges or will you run out of juice before it ends?



Which one of these festivals do you think is the craziest? Let us know in the Facebook comments!
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