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20 Must-Experience Food Festivals Around the World


Step into a world where the senses come alive, where every dish tells a story, and where communities gather to celebrate the art of food. Food festivals are more than just culinary extravaganzas; rather, they’re vibrant expressions of culture, tradition, and the joy of sharing a meal. Join us on a global gastronomic journey as we explore 20 of the most important food festivals that unite foodies, chefs, and travelers in a shared love for delectable delights.


  1. Taste of Chicago, USA (Sept. 8 – Sept. 10, 2023)
    Description: The Windy City comes alive during Taste of Chicago, a culinary extravaganza that showcases the city’s diverse food scene. Sample iconic deep-dish pizza, savor gourmet creations from local chefs, and enjoy live music and cultural performances against the stunning backdrop of Lake Michigan.

    Deep dish pizza
    Deep dish pizza, Chicago style

  2. La Tomatina, Spain (last Sunday of August)
    Description: Buñol transforms into a tomato-splattered spectacle during La Tomatina, where participants engage in a good-natured tomato fight. Join the vibrant chaos and revel in the tomato-infused revelry that paints the town red.

  3. Pizzafest, Italy (June 16 – June 18, 2023)
    Description: Naples, the birthplace of pizza, hosts Pizzafest, a celebration of the beloved pie. Savor authentic Neapolitan pizzas, learn the art of dough tossing, and immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Italy’s most iconic dish.

  4. Oktoberfest, Germany (Sept. 16 – Oct. 3, 2023)
    Description: Munich’s Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival, drawing visitors from around the globe to indulge in Bavarian brews, traditional sausages, and pretzels. Join the spirited festivities, enjoy lively music, and raise a stein to the spirit of Gemütlichkeit.

    Oktoberfest in Munich
    Oktoberfest in Munich

  5. Matsuri, Japan (every month around the country)
    Description: Experience Japan’s vibrant matsuri (festivals) where you can sample street food staples like takoyaki (octopus balls), yakitori (grilled skewers), and matcha treats. Immerse yourself in traditional games, music, and the delightful bustle of Japanese festival culture.

  6. Taste of London, UK (June 14 – June 18, 2023)
    Description: Taste of London brings the city’s culinary stars together, offering a delectable array of pop-up stalls, masterclasses, and chef demonstrations. Immerse yourself in London’s diverse food scene and rub shoulders with celebrated chefs.

  7. Día de los Muertos, Mexico (Nov. 1 – Nov. 2, 2023)
    Description: Oaxaca’s Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a vibrant celebration honoring departed loved ones. Indulge in pan de muerto (bread of the dead), sugar skulls, and traditional dishes that pay homage to ancestors.

  8. Poutinefest, Canada (July 19 – July 30, 2023)
    Description: In Ottawa, Poutinefest celebrates the beloved Canadian dish of poutine, featuring fries, cheese curds, and gravy. Local chefs compete to create the most inventive and delicious variations of this iconic comfort food.

    Poutine with bacon
    Bacon poutine (Image by Larry White from Pixabay)

  9. Cherry Blossom Festival, South Korea (early april around the country)
    Description: During Jinhae’s Cherry Blossom Festival, the city is awash with pink blooms, and cherry blossom-themed treats abound. Indulge in cherry blossom rice cakes, cherry blossom tea, and a variety of delightful seasonal offerings.

  10. Songkran, Thailand (Apr. 13 – Apr. 15, 2024)
    Description: Celebrate Thailand’s Songkran festival, a water festival marking the Thai New Year. Alongside water fights, enjoy traditional dishes like khao chae, a refreshing rice dish served with ice water and an array of flavorful accompaniments.

  11. Holi Festival, India (Mar 25, 2024)
    Description: Join the colorful revelry of Holi in India, where vibrant sweets like gujiya (sweet dumplings) and thandai (spiced milk) are shared as part of the festive celebrations.

    Holi girl
    A smiling girl throwing colored powder (Image by Murtaza Ali from Pixabay)

  12. Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival, Denmark (Aug, 18 – Aug. 27, 2023)
    Description: Copenhagen Cooking showcases the New Nordic cuisine movement with farm-to-table delights, gourmet experiences, and interactive culinary events. Immerse yourself in the ethos of sustainable and innovative Scandinavian cuisine.

  13. Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Australia (Mar. 24 – Apr. 2, 2023)
    Description: Explore Melbourne’s diverse culinary scene through masterclasses, wine tastings, and gourmet events that highlight the city’s passion for food, wine, and culture.

  14. Salon du Chocolat, France (Oct. 23 – Nov. 1, 2023)
    Description: Indulge your sweet tooth at Salon du Chocolat in Paris, where chocolatiers and pastry chefs showcase their finest chocolate creations in an opulent showcase of cocoa-based artistry.

  15. Gwangju Kimchi Festival, South Korea (Nov. 3 – Nov. 6, 2023)
    Description: Dive into the world of kimchi-making at Gwangju Kimchi Festival, where you can learn the art of preparing Korea’s iconic fermented dish and enjoy a variety of kimchi-based delicacies.

    Kimchi (Image by Dongtan Ko from Pixabay)

  16. Pahiyas Festival, Philippines (May 15, every year)
    Description: Celebrated in Lucban, Philippines, the Pahiyas Festival is a riot of color and creativity. Streets are adorned with colorful rice, fruits, and vegetables; meanwhile, traditional dishes like pancit habhab and suman take center stage.

  17. Mango Festival, India (July 7 – July 9, 2023)
    Description: India’s Mango Festival pays homage to the king of fruits with a wide variety of mango-based dishes and treats. From mango lassis to mango kulfi, indulge in the tropical sweetness of this beloved fruit.

  18. Cheese Rolling Festival, UK (last monday of May, every year)
    Description: Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling Festival in Gloucestershire is a quirky and adrenaline-pumping event. Participants chase a wheel of cheese down a steep hill, thereby celebrating not only the cheese but also the camaraderie of the community.

    Cheese rolling race
    Cheese rolling race (photo by Dave Farrance)

  19. Chocolate Festival, Switzerland (Mar. 16 – Mar. 17, 2024)
    Description: Switzerland’s Chocolate Festival is a chocoholic’s dream come true. Immerse yourself in a world of artisanal chocolate, from velvety truffles to intricately designed cocoa masterpieces.

  20. Greek Easter Celebrations, Greece (May 3 – May 6, 2024)
    Description: Join the Greek Orthodox Easter celebrations, a time of joy and feasting. Traditional dishes like roasted lamb, tsoureki (Easter bread), and red-dyed eggs are savored in a festive atmosphere.


Food festivals are more than just culinary gatherings; they are, in fact, vibrant expressions of culture, tradition, and community. From tomato-splattered streets to indulging in delectable chocolates, each festival offers a unique opportunity to celebrate the joys of food. These 20 festivals, spread across the globe, showcase the universal language of cuisine that unites people from all walks of life.

As you embark on your own culinary journey, consider adding these festivals to your bucket list. Whether you’re drawn to the colorful chaos of La Tomatina or the exquisite creations of Salon du Chocolat, indeed, each festival promises a feast for the senses and an unforgettable cultural experience.

Stay tuned for more captivating culinary adventures as we continue to explore the world’s most delectable and culturally rich food festivals.


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