Eat your way around Europe – Top 10 food festivals

Posted on April 25, 2014 by Guest Writer
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Set around the town’s historic castle and medieval streets, thousands of foodies flock to the Ludlow Food Festival every September. Now in its 20th year, more than 180 independent producers will be selling a plethora of products, including preserves, pickles, pork and puddings. Sausage lovers can follow a ‘sausage trail’ or you can join in the cooking workshops, demonstrations, children’s entertainment and there’s also the popular Ale Trail, which reels in more than 1,000 ale aficionados to the surrounding pubs.

Ludlow Food Festival, England

September 12-14

Ludlow food festival

Set around the town’s historic castle and medieval streets, thousands of foodies flock to the Ludlow Food Festival every September. Now in its 20th year, more than 180 independent producers will be selling a plethora of products, including preserves, pickles, pork and puddings. Sausage lovers can follow a ‘sausage trail’ or you can join in the cooking workshops, demonstrations, children’s entertainment and there’s also the popular Ale Trail, which reels in more than 1,000 ale aficionados to the surrounding pubs.

www.foodfestival.co.uk

Harvest Festival, Russin, Switzerland

September 20-21

A young man selling various types of cheese.

Every year the tiny wine village of Russin (near Geneva) celebrates the grape and crop harvest with a two-day party. You’ll marvel at the array of fruit tarts, breads, cheeses and cured meats ready to nibble, but the festival is most famous for its mouth-watering array of wine. There’s only 400 inhabitants, but 15,000 people gravitate here each year to quaff the plonk. Oh and there is plenty of music, parades and dancing too!

www.fetedesvendangesrussin.ch (In French only)

Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival, Ireland

September 25-28

Several plates of fresh oysters and glasses of white wine.

The Irish are known for having a good craic, so it’s no surprise that the emerald isle’s seafood festival is the most internationally recognised Irish festival after St Patrick’s Day. Now in its 60th year, you’ll find sensational seafood, live music, oyster eating championships, cooking demonstrations and plenty of pints of Guinness to wash it all down with.

www.galwayoysterfest.com

Cardiff Country Fair, Wales

September 27-28

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Formerly the Great British Cheese Festival, this food of the gods is still one of the festival’s main features and you’ll find a Cheese Village packed with the stuff. Set around Cardiff Castle and surrounding parkland, the family friendly festival features farm animals, baking and handicraft competitions, music, demonstrations and countryside games such as wellie wangling and tug of war. You can also learn everything from butchery to bee-keeping and sup on local cider, ale and perry, while listening to live music from local artists.

O Grove Seafood Festival, Spain

October 2-12

A dish of traditional Spanish seafood paella.

It’s the biggest seafood festival in Europe and last year more than 200,000 foodies followed their noses to the coastal town in Galicia to shell out for this event. The gastronomic-gathering has stands overflowing with shrimp, crabs, clams, scallops and barnacles—meaning if it swims and is edible, you’ll find it here. The 11-day seafood safari is so well-known in Spain it was declared an official Celebration of National Touristic Importance. In addition to devouring succulent seafood all day, there’s live music, a shellfish parade, a mussel dish competition and live seafood sculptures.

www.turismogrove.es/en/festivals/seafood_festival/#sit

Shrimp Festival, Honfleur, France

October 4-5

Plates of grilled shrimp for sale at a market

No food festival list would be complete without a French entry! Thousands descend on the Normandy port every year to get their hands dirty in the great shrimp-peeling competition. And if shrimp doesn’t float your boat, locals pack stalls with bottles of Calvados and cider, cheese, fresh meats, cakes, sweets and breads. And while you’re stuffing yourself with shrimp themed dishes, the piece de la resistance is the sea-shanties being sung by locals in this picturesque port.

www.ot-honfleur.fr

Baltic Herring Festival, Helsinki, Finland

October 5-11

Plates of grilled shrimp for sale at a market.

For more seafood shenanigans head north for this week-long fish fest. Held since 1743, this festival attracts around 10,000 fish-loving Fins each year. Every October the country’s elite fishermen arrive at the city’s Market Square to sell their catch, which includes salted, smoked and marinated herring—as well as Finnish specialities like black bread. There’s also a competition for the best herring dish and a race involving traditional sailing ships!

www.visithelsinki.fi/en/events-in-helsinki

Weimar Onion Market, Germany

October 10-12

An onion plate in Weimar, Germany.

The humble onion is the unlikely star of this historic food festival in Weimar, which celebrates its 355th anniversary this year. Stalls are decorated with plaited onions and you’ll stumble upon a plethora of cakes, bread, soups and stews with an onion flavour. You’ll be pleased to know that among the 500 plus stalls, you’ll also be able to peck at German specialities including sausages, spiced lebkuchen cakes and plenty of gluhwein. Add to this onion madness the fact that more than 100 artists will be performing on stages throughout the city, and you have a food festival that will bring a tear to your eye.

https://www.weimar.de/homepage/

White Truffle Fair, Alba, Italy

October 11-November 16

Plates of truffles from Alba with the prices in euros showing.

Every year the truffle capital of Italy celebrates the beginning of the luxury fungi season with a festival that attracts some of the world’s best chefs. Hungry visitors enjoy concerts, food markets, food fairs, cultural programmes and wine tasting, as locals show off a range of local delicacie
s including roast pork, salami, polenta, almonds and Moscato d’Alba wine. The unique cultural experience takes place every Saturday and Sunday from mid-October to mid-November.

www.fieradeltartufo.org

The Csabai Sausage Festival, Hungary

October 23-26

A photo of some tasty looking sausages in a roasting dish.

It only began in 1997 but this four-day festival now attracts around 10,000 salivating sausage fans who come to pay homage to the paprika-spiked Hungarian Csabai banger. As well as live music, visitors can also try their hand at sausage and stuffed cabbage making, while feasting on plenty of pork products. Meanwhile, the highlight of the festival is the Csabai sausage making competition, where more than 500 savvy sausage experts battle it out to make the best banger. And if you’ve pigged-out you can wash all that pork down with plenty of regional wine, thanks to the accompanying wine festival.

http://www.csabaikolbaszfesztival.hu/

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