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Foodie travel: 15 Food Festivals To Attend in 2015

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

February

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.

March

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.

June

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.

July-August

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.

Oktoberfest

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.

December

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!

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Christmas Gifts for Travel and Design Lovers

After the Food lovers gift list last week, here come two new lists for Christmas Gifts: one for the travel lovers and one for design lovers. It’s a mix of everything nice and includes all price ranges of course. Here they are!

BreadOnButter Travel Lovers Christmas Gifts

1) There are two books I think all travel lovers should read: “Make the most of your time on earth” and “The New York Times: 36 Hours 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada”  – Can be found at Papercup Store, Mar mikhael

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2) While exploring the world, comfortable walking shoes are a must. These Adidas classics are a safe and beautiful choice – Can be found in any sports outlet

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3) I’m starting to like the idea of a passport holder to keep all of your traveling documents together – Can be found at Longchamp or Antoine Stationery ABC (at different price ranges)

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4) The iPad mini or Kindle for e-freaks – Can be found in any electronics outlets

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5) Skullcandy earphones for those who like to travel peacefully – Can be found at Virgin Megastore

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6) For travelers who still prefer a good live map instead of the google maps app, these Crumple City foldable maps are more than ideal! – Can be found at Papercup Store, Mar Mikhael

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7) A Lush mini shampoos and bath bombs travel kit would make any girl happy – Can be found at Lush Lebanon

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8) Choose a compact camera with a good resolution for those who like to travel light but capture the beauty around them – Nikon coolpix can be found at any electronics outlet

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9) These Moleskine travel journals are the best for travelers who like to take notes – Can be found at Antoine or Papercup Store

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10) For practicality, choose a Longchamp foldable bag – Can be found at Longchamp ABC

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BreadOnButter Design Lovers Christmas Gifts

1) For those in love with beautifully designed stationery, you must get these A Whole Lotta Love notepads

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2) If you have a design-lover loved one who works from home, this “London” lamp made in aluminum painted and chrome metal, original BTC would do the trick – Can be found at Urbanista, Gemmayze

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3) For the home, Nada Debs trays are perfect for a colorful touch – Can be found at Nada Debs, Saifi Village

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4) Going back to Moleskins, their Passion Journals are great for planners – Can be found at Antoine or Papercup Store

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5) For creative photography lovers, a Lomo fisheye camera is ideal! – Can be found at Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious ABC Ashrafieh

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6) I once wrote (here) about those cool Hu2 wall stickers that can be ordered online – Can be found at hu2.com

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7) For a design lover’s home, head to Nayef Francis’ gallery in Mar Mikhael and choose one of the below for a nice touch – Can be found at Nayef Francis Design, Mar Mikhael

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8) At IDEO Parfumeurs, Gemmayze, you can choose from a variety of candles and scents

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9) A nice set of plates and bowls from West Elm

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10) For fans of DIYs and funky picture-taking, this mini Polaroid camera would be perfect – Can be found at Virgin Megastore

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11) A stylish ipod dock for great party atmosphere – Can be found at Virgin Megastore

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I hope you find these lists useful! Any other ideas to share?

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Great Foodie Books To Offer This Christmas

On Monday, in the 11 perfect food lovers Christmas gift list, the very first item was a nice and efficient foodie book. I promised a list of great foodie books to offer this Christmas. So here are 10 of them I’d thought I’d classify according to every cook’s personality. There you go:

BreadOnButter’s List of 10 foodie books to offer this Christmas:

To: The classic cook who loves to make things from scratch:

Julia Child – Mastering the Art of French Cooking Volumes I & II

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To: The modern woman who loves hosting parties:

Des Recettes Pour Recevoir – Hachette Cuisine

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To: The one who likes to cook unusual but easy things:

Donna Hay – Seasons

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To: The healthy cooks who love adding flavor to their dishes:

Jamie Oliver – Cook With Jamie

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To: The oriental fusion fan:

Orient Express – Silvena Rowe

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To: The lovely baker with a fun edge:

Lily Vanilli – Sweet Tooth

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To: The inspiration-seeker:

Beirut Cooks – Pascale Habis

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To: The Entrepreneur:

A Delicious Life – New Food Entrepreneurs

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To: The amateur Chef:

Joel Robuchon – The Complete Robuchon

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To: The ambitious on-the-way-to-culinary-school Chef:

The Professional Chef – The Culinary Institue of America

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I’m actually searching for a new cookbook. Any other recommendation?

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11 Perfect Food Lovers Christmas Gifts

Before we start off with awesome food lovers Christmas gifts ideas, I’d like to say that on this first of December, we should be happy and grateful more than ever. Beyond gifts, food and parties, December is a month of feeling thankful and appreciating what we have. It’s the month to let go of all the effort we’ve been doing throughout the year and enjoy the little things. It’s that time where you gather with family and friends,  help others a bit more and feel warm inside and out.

For food lovers, this time of year is pure excitement. We get to eat without feeling guilty, we get to cook for our loved ones, we get to make warm and fuzzy drinks, and we get to get ourselves the most wonderful cooking tools there are!

For those of you who are looking for inspiration for food lovers Christmas gifts, I’ve compiled a list of 11 very cool things to surprise them with. All price ranges and preferences are in there of course.

Take a look! I hope it inspires you 🙂

BreadOnButter 2014 food lovers Christmas gifts ideas:

1) A nice and efficient foodie book. I’ll be posting a list of the best foodies books I’ve read, later this week!

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2) A lovely apron – found at Zara Home

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3) Joseph Joseph fun cooking utensils – found at ABC Department Store L3

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4) A nice coffee machine. To choose, think of the foodie’s personality and go for one of these 4 :

Kmix for the filter black coffee lovers. I once wrote about it as design item (here) of the week – found at BHV Déco City Mall

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Nespresso Inissia for the minimalistic ones – found at Nespresso ABC L1

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Illy X7.1 Iperespresso machine for funky ones who love a vintage decorative look and some extra foam – found at Illy Shop Downtown or Ginette Gemmayze

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Nescafe Dolce Gusto for pure nescafe lovers – found at BHV Déco

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5) And their respective cups

Illy art collection coffee cups for artists and colorful people – found at Illy Shop Downtown

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Nespresso colored stainless cups – found at Nespresso ABC Ashrafieh

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6) For hard-core bakers, this beautiful copper kitchen aid mixer will make them jump up the roof! – found at BHV Déco City Mall

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7) This ceramic cocotte minute will make any cook happy as they’ll be able to make those winter recipes without extra cleaning work – found at Sel & Poivre ABC or BHV Déco City Mall

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8) Also for bakers, but for a lower budget, these barazzoni baking trays are awesome for upside down cakes. Plus, they look lovely – found at Spinneys Hazmieh or any other large supermarket

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9) For cooks who love making their own things at home, get them this Black and Decker Breadmaker – found at Khoury Home

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10) A nice ceramic knife set with all kinds of knives would be a pleasure for an everyday cook – found at Think Kitchen Ashrafieh

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11) And finally, for tea lovers, a Kusmi Tea package would be great – found at Kusmi Tea ABC Ashrafieh

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Any other ideas? What are you getting your foodie other this Christmas?

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