The Best International Food Festivals to Tickle your Taste Buds
“Load the Carts!”…….”Tin the Tomatoes!”……….”Set up the Stall, The festival’s about to begin!”
International Food festivals provide a magnificent display of cultural delicacies, enough to tickle the taste buds of all types of food lovers. Food fanatics, holiday goers, locals, truckers, systems, specialists… they all gather in an atmosphere of genuine eccentricity with foods supplying the ultimate source of cultural unity.
Attendance will surely bring with it the potential to try new and unusual flavors, which leaves only one question… how many can of the best international food events listed here can you stomach?
1. Street Food Live
26-27th September 2017
Does it interest you to know what the real roots of street food are? If so, SFL is the place to be since, unlike the others on this list, the emphasis at street food live is just as much if not more on education, innovation and design as it is about excitement, bright lights and a diverse international taste frenzy.
Europe’s largest exhibition for street food vendors is all about drawing out quality representation through a learning and practice combo. And finally, if you need another reason to pop into the epic ExCel venue next autumn, you’ll also find a dynamic food truck-painting competition.
2. Great American Foodie Fest
April 2017 (Exact Dates TBA)
Sunset Station, Las Vegas
The Great American Foodie was formerly the Las Vegas Foodie Fest, which has been Great American Foodie Fest Las Vegasnamed ‘Best Recurring Las Vegas Event’ by the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” 2013-2016 and has also been ranked as the Top 10 Food Festivals in America by the The Telegraph Travel and Top 15 Food Festivals in the U.S. by Cardsbull.com.
The Great American Foodie Fest will feature more than 50 of the nation’s top food trucks and food vendors highlighted by a number of celebrity trucks from The Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and History Channel.
3. Lan Kwai Fong Street Food Festival
Precise 2017 dates and venue TBA
It’s a Dai Pai Dong revolution! I’ll explain… On the streets of Hong Kong, the long standing tradition of Dai Pai Dong (eating food on the street) has been in decline ever since hygiene regulations demanded more in line with rapid South East Asian development in the last 20 years. LKF is reviving the street food customer base with thousands of global food’s returning to the streets of the CBD over the course of a week.
Surely this event, in only it’s second year will continue to build on the vibrant atmosphere displayed in 2016.
4. Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival Philadelphia Main Street
Spring: April 19th or 23rd 2017
Fall: September 14th 2017
StrEAT is a bi-annual thriller. Despite the length of the street, you won’t feel the ache’s in your legs due to the vast array of American excitement stemming from roughly 60 vendors and 35 food trucks.
Attendees are certainly in for a fruity experience as, in both spring and fall, sellers have a theme to follow, 2017’s being strawberry and apple respectively.
5. Abergavenny Food Festival
You’ll discover this Artisan event whilst strolling through a peaceful old welsh market town. This festival is certainly one to brighten the mood- designed in 1999 to give farmers a confidence boosting platform for produce display after f00t-and-mouth disease ruined much of their livestock and reputation.
Since that time, AFF has continued to give local farmers a voice to tell the world that the animals are most definitely under control and it now attracts roughly 30,000 annual international visitors and counting!
6. Macau Food Festival
November 11-27 2016
Sai Van Lake Square, Praça do Lago Sai Van
Each November, the annual spectacle that is the Macau food fest blazons the streets of “the Vegas of China”. The sheer diversity of the festival is definitely a wow-factor, making it one of the best international food networking highlights out there. Adding to the multicultural excitement are local bands and dance groups headlining alongside English, Filipino, Indonesian and other international acts.
On top of all this, a unique country theme sets the scene for the entire ground floor each year (2016 – Malaysia) in one of the events of the year that will be sure to bring tourists flocking from the casinos!
7. Wildfoods Festival
11th March 2017
Hokitika, New Zealand
Following the same motto as last year #BiggerBetterWilder I can assure you that the 28th Wildfoods Festival will be one not to miss. With headlining big name bands promised along with MC’s, comedians and other stage acts and even a fashion competition, this festival is sure to entertain.
The whole of New Zealand is getting out of bed for this thrill as food suppliers from each corner the country zoom into Hokitika right at the centre!
8. World Food Istanbul
7-10th September 2017
TUYAP Fair and Exhibition Center, Istanbul
WorldFood Istanbul is the largest and most successful food and drink exhibition in Turkey. The event annually attracts over 360 domestic and international food producers, who converge in Istanbul to network, negotiate and conclude business with Turkey’s food industry buyers.
International Aloe Vera distributor Jesus Garcia of Mexico tells us “Turkey is the new market for us: it’s a doorway to Eurasia!”. He’s certainly right- Turkey’s transcontinental location makes it a vital trade location in many fields.
Even if the taste doesn’t tickle with traditional buds, in the end everyone enjoys the experience of trying new international foods and immersing themselves in a range cultures.
I hope you can find your way to one of these festivals near or far whether you plan it, or it happens to fit neatly into your family holiday schedule. If you’ve had attended any of the events, don’t hesitate to let the other’s know which festival you think is best in the comments below!