Food festivals are an exciting way of sampling various delicacies from different cultures. And we’ve compiled a list of some of the world’s finest food festivals that should be on your bucket list! Maybe make the intro a bit longer – hype up what’s great about food festivals in general, why they’re great to experience and who might be interested in them – also why they’re worth travelling to attend
The Crave Sydney International Food Festival (Sydney, Australia)
The Crave Sydney International Food Festival is a month long celebration in October which celebrates everything foodie! Bringing in top international chefs, visitors are inundated with a wide variety of both Australian and international cuisines. Keen foodies can watch world-renowned chefs show off their talents in the kitchen at the World Chef Showcase. From open-air dining to quality cuisine in fine restaurants, this festival brings together the some of the best produce Australia has to offer. If street snacking is more your style, stop off after 5pm when Hyde Park North is transformed into a Night Noodle Market serving Asian-style cuisine. And if you’re after an extra thrill, you can even eat alongside the lions at Taronga Zoo! Set against the beautiful backdrop of Sydney Harbour, this festival offers something for everyone – so if your taste buds are tempted, book your flight from Dublin to Sydney now!
Wildfoods Festival (Hokitika, New Zealand)
If you’re looking for a walk on the wild side, you can’t do much better than the HokitikaWildfoods Festival – it has a vast array of exotic and rather strange food on offer. Every year wacky produce is showcased, giving festival-goers the opportunity to push their taste buds to the limit! The festival began in 1990, initially to celebrate the tastes of the wild West Coast, but it has since gained a large following of adventurous diners all eager to explore and sample some unusual foodstuffs. From wasp larvae ice cream to huhu grubs, nothing is too wild to be offered at this extravaganza! If you’ve got a strong stomach and an adventurous palate this could be the ideal food festival for you.
Pizzafest (Naples, Italy)
If you’re on a quest to find the perfect pizza, look no further than Pizzafest, Naples – it’s the original and best festival of its kind, and it’s the world’s largest event dedicated to this iconic Italian food. The Naples Pizzafest takes place in September and thousands flock to enjoy this celebration of the national food. During the weeklong festival some of the most famous pizzerie from across the globe come together to compete against the renowned local pizzaioli. Tables are set up and the public is invited to taste the different varieties of pizza – at the end of the week a jury judges, taking into account the opinions of the public, and crown the best pizzaiolo in the world!
Taste of Chicago (Illionis, USA)
For five days in July, Grant Park in the city of Chicago is transformed into the world’s largest food festival. This popular culinary celebration began in 1980 and has grown to be one of the most famous food festivals in the world. Its cuisine delivers a true taste of Chicago, and highlights include Chicago hot dogs and Chicago-style pizza! A variety of local restaurants and independent vendors set up in colorful food booths offering samples of their dishes. From pizza to Chinese delicacies, there is no shortage of choice! Both local and celebrity chefs are on site to demonstrate their work and share cooking tips. Taste of Chicago has more to offer than just food, with an impressive lineup of acts each year to keep you entertained between stalls!
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