Traditional food festivals around the globe

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1 . Maslenitsa pancake festival- Russia
A traditional Russian holiday festival which marks the end of Winter and the birth of Spring. Thin golden pancakes or crepes are made to symbolize the Sun and these are eaten throughout the week with an assortment of jams, butter, fruits and even caviar. Also, sweet round bread called sushki are strung together to form a delicious edible necklace.

2 .Oktoberfest- Germany
Known as the the world’s greatest beer celebration, millions of people flock every year to take part in this Bavarian celebration. Visitors in Munich can sample the region’s finest brews to wash down the festival’s many food options from bratwurst to pretzels and roasted meats.

3 . Isle of wight garlic festival- England
This is every garlic lover’s dream festival. You can encounter hundreds of stalls selling garlic icecreams, garlic seafood, garlic beer or in short, a plethora of garlic delicacies. This two day festival takes place on the Isle of Wight and is to signify the rich garlic industry prevalent here.

4 . Salon du chocolat festival- France
The ultimate chocoholic festival, this five-day event in Paris is dedicated to all things chocolate. The event features over 220 chocolatiers, pastry chefs and confectioners to delight visitors.There’s even a fashion show featuring clothes made entirely from chocolate!

5. La Tomatina- Spain
Popularly tagged as the “World’s Biggest Food Fight”, every August, thousands from all four corners of the World make their way to the Spanish town of Bunol to take part in this festival where participants quite literally paint the town red as over one hundred metric tons of overripe tomatoes are flung at each other and squished. The festival apparently started over a squabble in 1945 when the vegetables of a unlucky market stall nearby became convenient ammunition as people embroiled in the argument started to pelt each other with tomatoes until the police stepped in. Over the years, the tomato-throwing event grew in popularity and was officially declared a festival in 1975.

6.Pizzafest- Italy
Set in the birthplace of the pizza itself, the Naples Pizzafest is a four-day celebration of one of the world’s most popular dishes. Tourists are allowed to witness pizza makers show off their dough-throwing skills, enjoy live music and performances, and of course, indulge in the many varieties of freshly-baked pizza.

7.Mid-Autumn Festival- China
The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Mooncake Festival, is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar. Families gather to celebrate the year’s harvest and make offerings to the Goddess of the Moon, Chang’e. Sweet mooncakes made from lotus paste with an egg yolk centre are commonly eaten and children carry lanterns to commemorate the event.

8. Ivrea Orange Festival- Italy

The Ivrea Orange Festival, also called the Battle of the Oranges, is held annually in Ivrea, a north Italian city. The festival commemorates the bravery of a young woman, Violetta, the Mugnaia or Miller’s daughter, who resisted the advances of a local duke and cut off his head, after which the local people attacked the duke’s palace.Oranges came to represent the stones thrown by the protestors and this festival is today the largest food fight in Italy. Surprisingly, oranges are not locally grown in the area and have to be imported into the city for the festival.

9. Marine lobster festival- USA

The Maine Lobster Festival is a celebration associated with the juicy lobsters found off the coast of Maine. This festival has been around for 66 years. Some of the highlights of the festival are cooking contests (involving lobsters as the main ingredient), a variety of dishes for tourists to try like- including Lobster Caesar salad, Lobster wraps, Lobster rolls etc. Other local seafood specialties available are crab cakes, shrimp, calamari, haddock, and steamed clams.

10. Mistura Food Festival- Peru
Mistura (mixture) is the biggest food festival in Latin America. It offers a range of cuisines like traditional Peruvian, Andean, Amazonian, Creole, Ceviche, Barbeque, Chifa, and Nikkei. Held in the Costa Verde of Madgalena del Mar in Lima, Mistura features a Gran Mercado (big market) in the center of the festival venue, where local producers exhibit their produce in hundreds of stalls.

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