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Discover Europe’s Best Food Festivals

Gastronomic Celebrations on the Continent

From pasta in Perugia to herring in Helsinki, good food helps to break down cultural barriers. Find out the best 2016 food festivals that Europe has to offer.

Europe is made up of 51 single countries and so with such a large range of different types of cuisine from each nation, it makes the continent an extremely rich home to gastronomy.

What better way to break down cultural barriers between people from separate nations, than to sit down and share a love of food at one of Europe’s finest food festivals? Here are some of the best.

California Wine Festival, Dana Point, Orange County, California

Prague Food Festival – 27th-29th May, 2016

This food festival in the capital of the Czech Republic will be Prague’s 10th annual food festival. The event is held outdoors in the Royal Garden at Prague Castle and promotes around 25 local restaurants and other produce from the country. Visitors can expect to sample a special festival menu filled with appetisers, main courses and delectable desserts. There are also tasting booths for regional wines, beers, coffee and chocolate.

Helsinki Baltic Herring Fair – 2nd-8th October, 2016

The Baltic Herring fair is the longest standing food festival in the Finnish capital. It has been running in Helsinki since 1743, making 2016 its 274th time. The tradition recognises the efforts of Finnish fishermen who work in the Baltic Sea. Salted herring along with herring-based delicacies such as marinades are all on offer here alongside local dark bread and clothes made from the wool of island sheep.

Fête de la Crêpe – 30-31st July, 2016

The annual Festival of the Crêpe will delight pancake lovers everywhere. It is held in the town of Gourin in Brittany, France and visitors will get to see the extraordinary sight of chefs attempting to make the world’s largest pancake. Crêpes are not the only food on offer, as the festival also serves up the delicious regional ‘galettes’ which are buckwheat pancakes. Live music and dancing in traditional local costumes add to the ambience of this charming festival.

Taste Of London Festival – June 2016, exact dates tbc

Focussing our attentions on British cuisine now, the Taste of London festival is held over 5 days in Regents Park. The event showcases a great selection of London’s top chefs preparing their own signature dishes from the capital’s best restaurants. Visitors can expect live demos and masterclasses for those who would like to get a little hands-on. There are also plenty of opportunities for us Brits to sample some exquisite champagne, wines and whiskeys.

I Primi d’Italia – 25th-28th September, 2016

When many of us think about fine food, we think about Italy. I Primi d’Italia is a celebration of rustic Italian fare takes place in the Perugian town of Foligno in the centre of the country. The focus of the festival is very much on Italian staples such as pasta and gnocchi, although there are also specially created medieval dishes that are available for sampling. Pasta sculpting represents the slightly eccentric aspect of this fair.

If this list has got your taste buds tingling, then snap up tickets now for one of next year’s food bonanzas, but remember your European travel cover and get your hotel sorted as soon as possible, because rooms are snapped up very quickly in some of the smaller food festival towns.

Which festival would you like to attend?

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    • Agree! I’ll be happy if I attend at least one of these festivals.

    • Any would do it for me too! I am already checking which ones I want to attend next year.

  1. Food is the best way to find a culture – the first ‘overseas’ trip I ever did was through Thailand and Laos – I was eating food I have never even seen or heard of!!!

    The Bluefish were eaten by my guide – but everything else was put back to swim another day!

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne
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    • The same happened to my husband and I went we visited Thailand. Sometimes, we didn’t even know what we were eating but it was delicious. We were going with the flow.

    • I like your vision of an ideal world. Would like to attend all of them too.

  2. I have to attend one of them now!
    Thanks for this wonderful post of food, my fav. 😉 😉
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    • Thanks Indrani! Even if you do not live close to any of the places mentioned here, there may me culinary events close to where you live. Hope you can attend one.

  3. I think any or all of these food festivals would be wonderful.
    Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!
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    • Thanks Eileen! I am sure any of these festivals would be wonderful too. Some have been going strong for many years. They must be good.

    • Well, I think people in Europe have higher standards for food. They do not compromise on ingredients, techniques or flavors.

    • Exactly, that is why I love food festivals so much. Tons of tastings from different restaurants, chefs and purveyors.

  4. I can’t say, “No” to food and wouldn’t even know which one to start at. The Prague Food Festival sounds great, especially for the chocolate! 🙂
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  5. I can’t believe the Herring Festival has been going on so long! I bet it’s among the oldest food festival. Would be great to try some herring in Helsinki. Thanks for the tour, Ruth!
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    • That puts into perspective how much herring is loved in Finland. My husband would take a flight to attend that festival. He is a herring fanatic.

  6. The I Primi d’Italia food festival sounds like something I would enjoy. However I wouldn’t mind visiting Prague either (more for the scenery rather than the food!)
    Kathy Marris recently posted..Tassie Trip: Part 1 RichmondMy Profile

    • I haven’t been to Prague but I have heard that the food in there is not bad at all. I think you can get delicious, hearty meals at good prices.

    • I crepe festival would be super. I can imagine all the flavor combinations that you can have. Plus, I imagine that chefs would get all creative and present things that are unique.

    • I have heard about people who tour Europe chasing rock bands and music festivals. I do not see why an entire travel schedule can’t be arranged based on food festivals. That would be awesome.

    • I am with you Becky!

  7. Oh, I’d love to attend the Fête de la Crêpe festival! I am a big fan of crêpes. I didn’t go to any of these food festivals, but I’ve been to a few in Budapest, Dresden and Munich over the years. Great post!

    • Wow! Sounds like you are an European food festival pro. Have you blogged about any of these festivals?

    • Corine, would be great if you can attend any of these festivals.

    • Yes, I know you love food. Let me now if you attend any of these festivals. I would love to see photos and a summary of the experience.

    • Oh yes! I know.

  8. Just as you posted this there’s a food festival being held in one of the nearby towns to myself! I do love getting out and about and trying new things and exploring new areas. The Prague Food Festival sounds yummy! Lovely post Ruth. – Tasha
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    • Tasha, we have the same tastes. I am also into going out to different towns and discovering new areas of the city. Los Angeles is pretty big, so, there is always a new place to check out.

    • Lyndall, I agree. I am looking forward to the upcoming food festival season in Los Angeles.

  9. Every time I see a food blog I tell myself I’m not looking because I’m always hungry by the time I get to the end. Sigh. And your photos make the food look so delicious, too!
    Ruth Daly recently posted..Sisters should live on the same continent.My Profile

    • I know what you mean but most of the time I end up taking a look at those wonderful pictures in blog posts. They encourage me to keep exploring the food world. Anyway, I am hungry with or without photos.

    • It would be great if you can visit France during the crepe festival. I wonder if they have something like a crepe tour of Paris (or any other French city). I would not mind going on one of those.

  10. What a great collection of lists! It will be quite awhile before I can take advantage of the list, but you’ve done some great work putting it together. Thanks for sharing with us at Photo Friday!
    Jen recently posted..Photo Friday – Decorations of OldMy Profile

    • No problem Jen! We still can dream about spending a good amount of time in Europe and visiting food festivals and markets.

  11. They all sound good! I would probably gain 20lbs if I attended the crepe festival.
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    • I think I will experience something similar in any of these festivals.

    • I know. I would have never thought about a herring festival.

    • That would be great! Let me know if you attend one.

  12. What a great list! So interesting to read also!
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    • Thanks Birgitta. To me, it is always fun to read about food.

  13. Heavenly food. great crowd. loved it!

    • I can imagine what a paradise that would be!


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