Food festivals are a way of communicating what each place or city has to offer from an epicure point of view. There can be no better way to explore food, culture and local vibes of different places by being a part of such enthusiastic events. Each festival offers something unique along with a range of events and activities. It has now become a global movement; experiencing new flavors and cuisines. Here is a list of stupendous food festivals around the world-
1. La Tomatina
Place: Valencian town of Bunol, Spain
Let's begin with the La Tomatina, the most known of all. This festival is like living your childhood all over again, food-fighting and the fun that comes along. Almost 145,000 kg of tomatoes are thrown for people to fight with (for entertainment purpose only). Simple rules are to be followed, like squashing the tomatoes before throwing them to avoid hurting and following instructions of the guards. The town is left clean after the tomato pulp is flushed because of the citric acid present in tomatoes.
2. Festa des Vermar
Festa des Vermar or Grape throwing festival is an annual event where people play with bad grapes that are not perfect for making good wine. This festival includes activities like grape-stomping competition and grape fighting. It is believed that by removing “not so good” grapes before the winter, a good harvest season begins. Now that it is open to foreigners too, you can play heartfully and enjoy the delicacy of their local wines.
Place: Munich and Bavaria, Germany
Month: Late September to the first weekend in October
It is unquestionably the greatest beer festival in the world. Parades, carnival rides, live bands, dance and huge mugs of beer; never too early for beer in Munich. You will get variety of beer in really good quantity. Not just beer, this festival opens up to delicious pretzels, roasted meat and more exciting dishes. People from all over the world flock to Germany for the Oktoberfest. You should take part in this fest at least once in your life.
4. Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake festival
Place: Cooper's Hill, England
When: Last Monday in May
In this event you will see people tumbling down the steep grassy hill behind a cheese wheel weighing upto 7 to 8 pounds. The one who accomplishes in chasing, gets the cheese. Also, people pack their picnic baskets and sit around to watch the fun. Hundreds of people take part, some even get injured, but who cares? It’s cheese after all!
Place: Naples, Italy
Who in the world doesn't like pizzas! On this fine eve, thousands and thousands of pizzas in different varieties are sold. This event continues for 5 to 7 days where competition takes place between numerous pizzaiolos. By the end of this delicious week, the best one is announced. If you are a pizza lover, this should be on the top of your list!