Food festivals from around the world we wish were in the UK

The UK is home to some pretty amazing food festivals. From the massive Ludlow food festival to mushroom foraging in the South of Wales, there’s an event to suit everyone’s taste. Sadly however, there are a couple of food events taking place around the globe which leave us feeling like green eyed monsters, wishing they were taking place a little closer to home. To spread the envy (and hopefully convince these food festivals to set up shop on British soil) we at FFF have assembled a list of some of the most weird and wonderful food festivals from around the world which we wish were in the UK.  

La Tomatina, Buñol, Spain –Probably the most well-known food festival, it’s fair to say that attending this event features on more than a couple of people’s bucket lists. A flurry of trucks loaded with tomatoes arrive in the city of Buñol every year, ready to become ammunition in the biggest food fight on the planet.

Beaver Creek Food & Wine Weekend, Colorado, United States – after an exhilarating day on the slopes, nothing beats a delicious, hearty meal. This event, however, steps it up a notch, inviting skiers to tuck into gourmet lunches, attend grand tastings, and meet and mingle with some of the best chefs in the business.

The World Gourmet Summit, Singapore – a grand collection of Michelin-starred chefs and vintners, this event is a haven of delectable dishes and wonderful wines. Supported by the Singapore Tourism Board, this incredible event hosts charity dinners with the business bigwigs, culinary masterclasses and a prestigious award ceremony. If only this fantastic food event were a mere hop, skip and a jump away.

Pizzafest, Naples, Italy – situated in the birthplace of the pizza, this 10 day affair is far from gourmet. Instead, guests are treated to workshops and demonstrations on how to perfect their pizzas – the proper way – from learning the age old recipes, to some exciting twists on how to keep your pizza exciting and incredibly enjoyable.

Alba White Truffle Fair – 2015 marks the 85th edition of this event. Running for over a month, this fair consists of a white truffle market (plus a couple of other goodies), cooking shows and folklore performances, all dedicated to this pricey fungus.

Rice Festival, Arles, France – Every autumn, the Spanish take over the city of Arles to throw a celebration of epic proportions. The event has a jam-packed programme of things to see and do during the three days in September, offering a true taste of Spain -from bullfighting to paella, churros to musical performances - infused with some of Camargue best wares; namely horses and their signature red rice.

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