Exploring the local cuisine and beverage of a city is easily the most fun and delicious way to get to know a culture. So why not take it a notch higher and attend a food and drink festival? These days, virtually every country has something special on the calendar to offer to anyone hungry, or those looking for an extraordinary experience in a foreign land. These unique festivals are much more than a reason to eat; it’s an completely sensory experience that allows travelers to engage with the people and a destination in an intimate, and usually epic, manner.
After all, the history of food has come a long way. For our ancestors, food was nothing more than an essential means of survival. Perhaps the earliest known means of celebrating food was the Harvest Festival, which is older than Christianity. Over time, harvest festivals were replaced by agricultural shows and markets that have continued to grow and evolve with the sole purpose of showcasing agricultural knowledge. Today, we’re faced with a dizzying array of cuisines that are only limited by geographical borders and our imagination. We want taste, indulgence, diversity, and choices. And the best way to do this is by exploring the mind-blowing world of food and drink festivals.
In fact, many of these events are responsible for placing destinations on the world map. From the beer-drenched Oktoberfest in Germany and the crazy tomato-tossing antics of La Tomatina in Spain, to the downright bizarre Monkey Buffet Festival in Thailand and the intoxicatingly fun Kentucky Bourbon Festival, there is a culinary event to satisfy every palate. Wine festivals are the perfect opportunity to learn about this delicious elixir while meeting sommeliers, and beer festivals celebrate everything about the incredible golden nectar. Specially-curated events let you sink your teeth into the juiciest barbecue you’ve ever tasted while making friends from all over the world.
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Not only do you get to learn about authentic cuisine, your taste buds (and liver!) will go on a journey that you will never forget. And when you pair it with live music, an electrifying atmosphere, and lovely people, you’ve got a recipe for fun that no other style of travel can hold a candle to.
From the luxurious to the ludicrous, food and drink festivals are the best way to travel. Get to know new tastes, sights, textures, and aromas. Come with an open mind, get drunk on life, and bring your appetite for life. Allow us to be your guide as you navigate the world’s most epic gastronomical events.