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
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
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
Gilroy Garlic Festival in California, USA
Night of the Radishes in Oaxaca, Mexico
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?