The warmer months are upon us and with them come countless amazing food festivals. When you think about it, food festivals are a pretty amazing concept. Sunshine, happy people, and a whole lot of (often free) food. Seriously, how amazing is that? Pack your most forgiving pants, grab your lucky fork, and direct yourself towards one of these celebrations of all things delicious.
Taste of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois)This annual celebration of all things gastronomical takes place every July in Grant Park. Known simply as ‘The Taste’ to most, the event is the world’s largest food festival, which is pretty impressive. Vendors sell all sorts of treats like Chicago-style pizza, ribs, cheesecake, and ethnic delicacies. In addition to amazing food, expect live music, a kids zone, and a cool market selling locally produced products.
Fete de la Crepe (Gourin, Brittany, France)You just know that any festival that features a crepe making competition has to be pretty awesome. If you need convincing, head to the Fete de la Crepe, an annual event that takes place every July in the picture-perfect village of Gourin. Pipe bands, concerts, street dancing, and games all add to the excitement that takes over as locals and tourists sample the best of the best. Be sure try a galette, a savoury buckwheat gem that practically begs to be filled with a strong cheese. Don’t forget to save room for dessert—a simple crepe filled with butter and sugar will make you weak in the knees.
Maine Lobster Festival (Rockland, Maine)Celebrating its 67th year, this tribute to our favourite red crustacean, the Maine Lobster Festival should be at the top of every seafood lover’s to-do list this summer. Expect lobster rolls, lobster wraps, lobster caesar salads… basically just expect a whole lot of delicious lobster. There is plenty of entertainment, an art show, and free shuttles to get you to and from the festivities with ease. Be sure to stick around for the Sea Goddess Coronation and if you feel like burning off some of the lobster calories you’ve ingested all weekend, there’s a 10k road race taking place on the Sunday.
Abergavenny Food Festival (Abergavenny, Wales)Winner of the 2013 award for ‘Best Event in Wales’, the Abergavenny Food Festival is a wonderful celebration of all things food. Chefs, growers, producers, restauranteurs, and foodies all convene to sample, take part in workshops, share their expertise, and generally just enjoy some truly delicious grub. Over 200 exhibitors participate and annual crowds exceed 28,000 so you know that this festival is the real deal. There are five venues so pick up a Stroller Ticket, which allows you to access them all.
Singapore Food Festival (Singapore)
Singapore boasts a fabulous, diverse culinary scene so it should come as little surprise that the food festival they host every year is up there with the greatest. The Singapore Food Festival turns 20 this year and the theme ‘A Walk Down Memory Lane’ promises to showcase some of its greatest moments. An extensive line up of exhibitors featuring beloved classics and contemporary treats will satisfy even the hungriest visitors. Just be sure not to leave without trying a fish head curry!
Taste of the Danforth (Toronto, Ontario)Inspired by Taste of Chicago, Toronto’s Taste of the Danforth is a hugely popular tribute to all things Greek and delicious. Taking place every August, the festival shuts down a portion of Danforth Avenue, replacing cars and trucks with food vendors and hungry visitors. Expect to try some of the best souvlaki, spanakopita, gyros, and tzatziki this side of the Aegean Sea, all while taking in some of the best entertainment that the city has to offer.
Who is Kate Walker? She’s a freelance writer, yoga addict, and citizen of the concrete jungle. When not on the mat, Kate can be found at the dog park or on the dock in Muskoka. She is also pretty fond of running, skiing, and Settlers of Catan.