Every year, I come across pictures and information on the various food festivals going on around the world. Every year, I also promise myself I’ll try to attend at least one of them the year after. So I figured that in an effort to make this resolution happen, a list of the best food festivals in the world would be a great first step. I’ve been spending time researching and I was able to come up with a comprehensive list of interesting food festivals going on in 2015. I’ve classified them by date and region. So here goes.
Breadonbutter’s 2015 Food Festivals List
Dubai Food Festival
When: February 6 to 28, 2015
In Dubai, UAE
What it’s about: Various food-related activities, tastings, offers, Michelin starred chefs, street food, more than 200 cuisines and much more.
Sapporo Snow festival, Japan
When: February 5 to11, 2015
In Sapporo, Japan
What it’s about: Ice and snow sculptures, snowboarding, and winter foods—it’s an extreme winter experience, rendered Japanese style at the Sapporo Snow Festival.
Maslenitsa Festival (Pancake Festival)
When: February 16 to 22, 2015
Throughout Russia, with the biggest events in Moscow, Russia.
What it’s about: A traditional Russian holiday that celebrates the end of winter and the coming of spring. Also known as Butter week or Pancake Week, the festival spread over several days has festivities that include the preparation and consumption of pancakes that represent the round yellow sun that has emerged after the cold wintry days. It also includes bonfires, traditional Russian songs and dances, fireworks, puppet shows, riding on swings, sledding, etc.
Carnevale – Goodbye to Meat
When: Last day before Lent
In Venice, Italy
What it’s about: A cultural celebration with elaborate costumes, parades, music, and feasts. The final day of Carnevale (meaning goodbye meat) takes place on Shrove Tuesday each year, known locally as Martedi Grasso (fat Tuesday). This is a day of feasts and drinking, as the last day before Lent.
Celebrations take place in Saint Mark’s Square, at the heart of Venice, and include a beauty and costume pageant, and a competition for the most beautiful mask.
Tet Nguyen Dan, Vietnam
When: February 22 to 27, 2015
In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
What it’s about: Tet Nguyen Dan is the most important celebration in the Vietnamese calendar, marking the arrival of spring and the start of a new year.
Melbourne Food & Wine Festival
When: February 27 to March 15, 2015
In Melbourne, Australia
What it’s about: The Melbourne food festival celebrates the culinary traditions of Australia, its fresh farm produce, its meat, and its wine. Events are held across Melbourne city and in Victoria to celebrate the highlights of Australian food.
Saint Patrick’s Festival – Greening the City
When: March 14 to 17, 2015
In Dublin, Ireland
What it’s about: Saint Patrick’s Day began as a Christian feast day in the 17th century, commemorating the death of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. People across Ireland and now the rest of the world wear outfits of green,while “greening” the city is done with green lights illuminating famous places like Trinity College and Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, and around the world, the Sydney Opera House and rivers, like the Chicago River, are dyed green.
Taste of London
When: June 17 to 21, 2015
In London, UK
What it’s about: This festival takes place in Regent’s Park and gives a taste of London’s top restaurants. There are mini-masterclasses to attend, as well as Q&A sessions with renowned chefs. This year, masterclasses will be given by Laurent Perrier, among others.
Food and Wine Magazine’s annual Aspen festival
When: June 19 to 21, 2015
In Aspen, Colorado, USA
What it’s about: This event is an all-star line-up of the hottest culinary talents and trends.
Haro Wine festival
When: June 29, 2015
In Haro, Spain
What it’s about: Haro, a charming town in Spain’s La Rioja region, is most famous for it full-flavored vino tinto, and the intoxicating festival that celebrates this luscious libation.
Maine Lobster Festival
When: July 29 to August 2, 2015
In Harbor Park, Rockland, Maine, USA
What it’s about: The Maine Lobster Festival is a celebration of the cuisine that has developed around the succulent lobsters found off the coast of Maine. Some of the highlights of the festival are cooking contests, involving lobsters as the main ingredient. People come from all over to celebrate Maine’s Lobster Festival, short summer weather and the state’s famed—and delicious—crustacean.
San Francisco Street Food Festival
When: August 16, 2015
In San Francisco, USA
What it’s about: San Francisco’s street food festival held annually in August reflects the changing tastes and openness to experimentation of the people of this great city. There are over 80 street food vendors and local producers present, no entry fees, no sit down dinners, and no waiters to serve, and everyone enjoys the informal ambiance, and a variety of delicious cuisine on offer.
September – October
Galway Oyster festival
When: September 24 to 27, 2015
In Galway, Ireland
What it’s about: Over 20,000 people from over 25 countries head to Galway the last weekend in September to indulge in oysters and practically anything else from the sea.
When: September 19 to October 4, 2015
In Munich, Germany
What it’s about: If you are looking for a getaway of beer, bratwurst, and traditional German sausages, you must head to Munich for the Oktoberfest. Apart from numerous varieties of beer on offer, visitors can feast on traditional Bavarian cuisine and enjoy the local music.
London Chocolate Festival
When: December 9 to 11, 2015
In Islington, London
What it’s about: Started in 2009, the London Chocolate Festival has grown to become the largest chocolate event in Britain and is now held at an indoor venue in the Business Design Center at Islington. This festival gives chocoholics a heavenly experience, including a Tasting Lounge, a Chocolate Cafe, a Hot Chocolate Trail, a Christmas Zone, which features a giant Christmas Tree decorated from top to bottom with chocolate, and a Health Zone where visitors can try raw chocolate and learn about the antioxidant properties and health advantages of consuming chocolate. The Chocolate Market and Food & Drink Circle Christmas Market offer visitors the perfect opportunity to buy their friends and loved ones a delicious chocolate gift for Christmas.
I’d love to hear about Food Festivals I missed while doing research. So please leave a comment below if you’ve any idea of a cool Food Festival to attend this year!