Palate Festival takes place in Delhi, Goa, and Chandigarh
We have all heard of amazing music festivals, flower festivals, and comedy festivals. But what is out there for us foodies?
Well, fret not. DESIblitz has been investigating some of the most indulgent, healthy, and downright quirky food festivals this world has to offer. With celebrations ranging from England all the way to Ecuador.
So why not sink your teeth into 5 of the best food festivals from around the world?
Palate Festival (Delhi, India)
Palate Fest is relatively new to the food fest scene. Making its debut in 2014, the festival served to showcase the finest India had to offer in terms of chefs, musicians, and other entertainers.
After this proved extremely successful the festival expanded. Now Palate Festival takes place in Delhi, Goa, and Chandigarh. It is one of the very few festivals that encourage the audience to get stuck in with the cooking.
Not only does it offer food stalls with everything from homemade to Indian street food. It also offers cookery classes for those less culinary successful. Also, sample sessions where you can try an array of foods on offer. Perfect for those of us who can’t make up our minds!
Leading restaurants such as The Taj Mahal Hotel, The Oberoi, and Radisson Kebab Factory take part in the festival. Supplying customers with some of the best food India has to offer!
Salon de Chocolate (Quito, Ecuador)
Known for making some of the most indulgent, high-quality chocolate in the world. Every year in mid-June Ecuador celebrates everything chocolatey. From boxes of chocolate to large chocolate sculptures.
However, the festival is busy. With tourists flocking from far and wide to see the cocoa creations.
The festival invites some of the country’s best chocolatiers to display their creations. Competitions are held throughout the day with winners getting a range of prizes for their tasty, chocolate goodies. However, the biggest prize is kept for the best chocolate sculpture.
So if you have a large sweet tooth take a summertime trip to this chocolate heaven.
Vegetarian Festival (Phuket, Thailand)
With herbivores on the rise, this Phuket festival is the best place to visit for some veggie goodness.
The festival takes place over nine days and, whilst its focus is food, it is also a mind and body detoxification programme. The festival prioritises the importance of resting the mind and encourages things like meditation.
Visitors of the festival have the chance to walk on hot coals, bathe in hot oils, and attend meditation classes.
Once you’re all relaxed out you can hit the food bars for hearty meals. However, just because it’s vegetarian don’t think you won’t be getting your dose of protein. Trained chefs and vegetarian specialists prepare delicious meals with protein substitutes such as soybeans and lentils.
The food is enough to give you that extra strength to try out some yoga! So why not give your mind and body a rest and enjoy some good, healthy food at the same time?
Bhukkad Flea (Mumbai, India)
Music and food have always been a common partnership. However, this food festival takes place in a unique location in Corona Garden, Mumbai.
This is one of the most popular food festivals around. With food lovers gathering from across Mumbai to this ambient, wonderful setting.
The festival takes place in the month of January. Chefs, small businesses, women entrepreneurs, and street vendors bring their talents and treat the public to some culinary delights.
Boasting over 100 different types of foods, with dishes from all across India, Bhukkad Flea is a must for anyone wanting to sample the palate of traditional Indian cuisine.
You can mix and match dishes and sample food for a low price.
Watercress Festival (Hampshire, England)
This quirky little festival takes place in a small village in Hampshire, England. It takes place on the third Sunday of May. The festival focuses on celebrating the many uses of the small, window ledge plant – watercress.
Local chefs bring watercress meals such as soup, sauces and salad. Farmers also bring their own homegrown produce to sell at the festival.
The celebration is usually accompanied by Morris dancers and brass bands who put on a show for the cress growing locals.
Whilst this is a strange food to celebrate, it is certainly something to get people talking. So if you’re interested in the various ways you can incorporate cress into your meals, why not give this food festival a go?
Celebrate all things delicious, and if you have the chance – be sure to visit one of the 5 best food festivals from around the world. You won’t be disappointed!