Food and Drink Events

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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Monkey Buffet Festival 2019 Lopburi, Thailand
23 Nov  - 24 Nov, 2019
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Lexington BBQ Festival 2019 Lexington, North Carolina
26 Oct, 2019
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Oktoberfest Blumenau 2019 Blumenau, Santa Catarina, Brazil
09 Oct  - 27 Oct, 2019
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Nut Club Fall Festival 2019 Evansville, Indiana
07 Oct  - 12 Oct, 2019
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Pilsner Fest 2019 Plzen, Czech Republic
04 Oct  - 05 Oct, 2019
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Great American Beer Festival 2019 Colorado Convention Center, Denver
03 Oct  - 05 Oct, 2019
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Abbot Kinney Festival 2019 Venice, California
29 Sep, 2019
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Roadkill Festival 2019 Marlinton, West Virginia
27 Sep  - 28 Sep, 2019
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Texas State Fair 2019 State Fair of Texas
27 Sep  - 20 Oct, 2019
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Oktoberfest 2019 Munich, Germany
21 Sep  - 06 Oct, 2019
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Oktoberfest Zinzinnati 2019 Cincinnati, Ohio
20 Sep  - 22 Sep, 2019
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Kentucky Bourbon Festival 2019 Bardstown, Kentucky
16 Sep  - 22 Sep, 2019
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Grape Throwing Festival 2019 Binissalem, Mallorca, Spain
13 Sep  - 30 Sep, 2019
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Marathon du Medoc 2019 Pauillac, France
07 Sep, 2019
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Belgian Beer Weekend 2019 Brussels, Belgium
06 Sep  - 08 Sep, 2019
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Breckenridge Oktoberfest 2019 Breckenridge, Colorado
06 Sep  - 08 Sep, 2019
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Cascamorras Festival 2019 Baza, Andalucia, Spain
06 Sep  - 09 Sep, 2019
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La Tomatina 2019 Buñol, Valencia, Spain
28 Aug, 2019
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Big Feastival 2019 Kingham, Chipping Norton, UK
23 Aug  - 25 Aug, 2019
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Potato Days Festival 2019 Barnesville, Minnesota
23 Aug  - 24 Aug, 2019
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Minnesota State Fair 2019 St Paul, Minnesota
22 Aug  - 02 Sep, 2019
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Belgrade Beer Fest 2019 Belgrade, Serbia
14 Aug  - 19 Aug, 2019
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Berlin Beer Festival 2019 Berlin, Germany
02 Aug  - 04 Aug, 2019
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Mundaka Festival 2019 Mundaka, Bizkaia, Spain
26 Jul  - 28 Jul, 2019
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Gilroy Garlic Festival 2019 Christmas Hill Park, Gilroy, California
26 Jul  - 28 Jul, 2019
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Lumberjack Days 2019 Stillwater, Minnesota
19 Jul  - 21 Jul, 2019
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Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest 2019 Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York
04 Jul, 2019
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Haro Wine Festival 2019 Haro, La Rioja, Spain
29 Jun  - 30 Jun, 2019
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Pizza Fest – Napoli Pizza Village 2019 Napoli, Italy
22 Jun  - 30 Jun, 2019
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Beer Lovers Marathon 2019 Liège, Belgium
09 Jun, 2019

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. 

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