Around The World In 8 Food And Drink Festivals
If you fancy yourself as a bit of a foodie, these 8 festivals – both in the UK and overseas – are bound to whet your appetite…
1. Garlic Food Festival, Isle of Wight – 16th and 17th August
This 2-day homage to garlic takes over the town of Newchurch every August. Sample Britain’s most pungent variety of garlic, sip pints of garlic beer, and tuck in to foodie treats from over 300 traders who all share a love of the stinky stuff. Vampires beware.
2. The Big Feastival, Chipping Norton – 29th-31st August
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and indie muso Alex James have fused their love of food and music in the form of this 3-day festival. The action unfolds at Alex’s Cotswolds farm and the line-up promises everything from Fat Boy Slim on the decks to Rachel Khoo in the kitchen. Not to be missed.
3. Big Apple Festival, Ledbury – 11th and 12th October
If cider is your tipple of choice, you may want to make a beeline for the apple-growing village of Much Marcle during harvest time in October. Spend a day following the apple trail around the local cider makers’ farms – sampling their wares along the way – then round off the evening with a live band and some more of the sweet stuff.
4. Lincolnshire Sausage Festival, Lincoln – 25th October
Bangers and mash fans will be in their element at this one-day event held in the grounds of Lincoln Cathedral. Some 25,000 of the city’s famous sausages were sold at last year’s festival, and there are talks, cooking demonstrations and live musicians on the line-up for 2014.
5. La Tomatina, Buñol, Spain – August
This world-famous food fight-slash-festival – where thousands of participants hurl squishy tomatoes in the streets – is held on the last Wednesday of August each year in the Spanish town of Buñol. Just bear in mind that, because of overcrowding in previous years, the 2014 event is ticket-only.
6. Date Festival, Erfoud, Morocco – early October
With something close to a million date palm trees in Erfoud, it’s no surprise that most of the locals here make their living from date farming. This annual 3-day carnival is the celebration of another bountiful crop, and promises a glimpse into local life like no other – not to mention a whole lot of dates.
7. Truffle festival, Alba, Italy – October
The white truffles – AKA trifola d’Alba – found in this region of Italy are world-famous, and this festival marks the start of their annual harvest. The locals get involved with parades, donkey races and plenty of truffle cook-offs, so you can find out for yourself what all the fuss is about.
8. Munich Oktoberfest, September 20th-October 5th
OK, so this event – billed as ‘the world’s biggest funfair’ – is better known for its alcoholic offerings than its gastronomic ones. But alongside huge litre-glasses of beer you can feast on German specialities like schnitzel and brisket at this mother-of-all beer fests. You’ll need something to line your stomach with, after all.