Top European food festivals in September

Posted on August 25, 2013 by Guest Writer
Close up of food on display

Now that the ‘Great British Bake Off’ is back on our screens, we can dust off the baking kit and make our everyday bakes into showstoppers! We can also get our fix of the delightful Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.

Here we pick 6 of the best food festivals in Europe, to tantalise your taste buds:

Stratford Food Festival, Stratford Upon Avon, UK

There will be some celebrity appearances showing off their skills at this sought after foodie fest, with one of C4’s ‘Cook Yourself Thin’ chefs, Sophie Michell on Saturday 14th and The Great British Bake Offs very own Paul Hollywood headlining on Sunday 15th.

There will be over 100 food and drink exhibitors over the weekend, including local produce from the Stratford area.

One of the main attractions here is the cookery theatre where the celebrities will be offering their cooking demonstrations, as well as The Cardomon Pod offering Indian cooking at its best. Would you like to know how to cook the perfect steak? Then local family-run high quality meat supplier has the answer. There is also the talk & taste theatre where you can sample produce from The Pudding Club, Rachel’s Cupcakes, CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) and The Wine Tipster.

And if that isn’t enough…there will be interactive workshops, book signings, a children’s activity area and music stage and much more.

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Pizza Fest, Naples, Italy

There isn’t a more ideal place to hold a pizza festival, than in the birthplace of the pizza, Naples. Have a bite of authentic Italian life with demonstrations, contests and savour the delights of many different pizza topping combinations, as well as how to make the perfect pizza dough. They even throw in special recipes including traditional tomato sauce.

Feria du Riz (Rice Festival), Arles, France

A rice festival with a Spanish feel, the Feria du riz in Arles marks the end of the bullfighting season and is also a celebration of the harvest. You still get to see bulls running through the streets as well as other festival greats. This includes music, camargue horses, and being a rice festical, what better food to celebrate with than the Spanish Paella? The gigantic pans filled with the distinctive red carmargue rice and stacked high with sea food, chorizo and chicken. Other delights on offer include Churro and Tapas stalls and the spectacle of bullfighting in the Roman Arena.

Close-up of oysters

Galway Oyster & Seafood Festival, ROI

Home to the world’s longest running oyster festival, Galway has everything seafood on offer to taste, watch and enjoy. The festivities continue with seafood trails, oyster hot spots, oyster opening championships, known as ‘shucking’ and even their very own oyster Olympics!

Take the whole family along and they will be thoroughly entertained with activities and live music. If you’re a wannabe chef, or just enjoy the ambience, go along to the featured cooking demos. There are even speciality food talks and tasting events to make your mouth water.

Fishy Fact: “The festival was established in 1954, in which time visitors have consumed over 3 million oysters!”

I Primi D’Italia (First Courses of Italy), Foligno, Italy

Most of you will enjoy Italian food, so an amazing way to celebrate it at its best is at this festival. First Courses include anything from pasta, to risotto, to gnocchi, polenta and even soups.

Plenty of tasting sessions to sample all of these glorious offerings will have you salivating and wanting more. You can even learn a thing or two about Italian cooking with their cookery lessons.

Set with an awe inspiring backdrop of medieval cellars, historical courtyards, magical piazzas and church cloisters, the festival does not fail to entertain. Try a spot of wine tasting, whilst tuning in to some relaxing classical and jazz music. While away your time enjoying some of the cook books on display. There really is something for everyone as they are hosting extraordinary art exhibits and funky fashion shows.

Back to foodie heaven, show off your culinary skills in the cooking competitions or simply sit back, relax and enjoy the gastronomy delights that surround you.