A roundup of some of the most exciting summer food festivals
1. Maine Lobster Festival, July 29 to August 2—Love seafood? This is the place to be at; Rockland, Maine. Over a span of five days, this festival serves over 20,000 pounds of lobster to its guests. The festival hosts a variety of entertainment for the guests, including a big parade and a number of cooking contests. Over a thousand volunteers work for almost a year in preparation for this festival, to make it the delight that it is today.
2. World Gourmet Summit, April 6 to May 3—This food festival is a big one in Singapore. Singapore is an interesting enough place to travel to, and this festival puts the cherry on top. Renowned chefs from all over the world come here to showcase their culinary talents. If good food and wine is what you’re looking for, along with a lot of shopping opportunities, don’t miss this one!
3. International Mango Festival, July 2—This one is a no-brainer! Mangoes everywhere! This fruit festival held in New Delhi showcases over 500 varieties of mangoes from all over the country; it is a rich display of the different tastes, shapes, scents, and colours of the mangoes. Mango eating contests become the highlight of this festival, and if you are a fruit lover, you know where to be this summer!
4. Memphis in May International Festival, May 2015 – Don’t you just love barbeque Sundays? Well, this festival in Tennessee is a whole month of barbeque time! Held throughout the month of May, this festival dedicates one week to honouring the food of another country, and this year it’s going to be Poland. The World Championship Barbeque Cooking Contest is the highlight of this festival that celebrates the art of barbecuing. For an exciting, and fun packed vacation, pack your bags and head to Elvis’ hometown.
5. The Good Food & Wine Show, May 21 to 24—This festival held in Cape Town has everything. International chefs, local chefs, wine, local beer, cakes, events for kids; you name it! This year, Matt Preston will be at the festival to engage with the local chefs. In the gorgeous Cape Town, this festival should be included in your itinerary.
6. Gourmet Festival Alto Adige, May 29 to 31—This food festival in South Tyrol, Italy, is sure to tickle your taste buds. South Tyrol started this festival to celebrate the freshness and variety of its produce. Local cuisine is highlighted throughout this three-day festival. Events like Milk Paradise and Apple Paradise are the highlights of this three-day joyride, in addition to the wine tastings, and the Baker’s Corner. If you’re headed to Italy, make sure to stop by for this experience!
Ready, pack-up, eat!
— Meghna Asangi, Correspondent (Food)
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