One of the most outstanding activities of our holidays is going to a restaurant and ordering typical food from the region. And what if we attend a food festival? There are many to choose from throughout Europe! The perfect excuse to try all kinds of dishes while we learn about a culture different from ours. Bon appetite!
Where are the 5 best food festivals in Europe held?
Eat, eat and eat. That’s what our list boils down to. Not suitable for dieters! Do you have a tough stomach? Then you can’t miss these European food festivals:
1. Cantina Quarter (Ghent, Belgium)
It is a large open-air restaurant where vans act as food stands. There you can find all kinds of local and international menus. There is also music and even relaxation areas. After eating so much, you’ll want to take a nap!
It takes place three times a year: in May, June and September and you can also find it in other Belgian cities such as Bruges, Ostend and Antwerp. Admission is free and you have a large number of dishes to choose from, many of them vegetarian.
2. Le Recontres de Cambremer (France)
With that name it already catches our attention and makes us want to participate. This festival takes place in the city of Cambremer, in Lower Normandy. It offers all kinds of French and European products. Even Japanese!
Every year he surprises us with something different. In addition to doing open cooking and tasting classes, there are activities for the little ones and even walking tours through this beautiful region. .. It’s perfect for digestion! and to drop some calories after eating, too.
It has a cost of 4 euros and takes place at the beginning of May. Do not miss the wines and cheeses of Le Recontres de Cambremer, they are exquisite.
3. Street Food Festival (Germany)
It does not have a single headquarters. It has already been organized in Cologne, Mainz and Dusseldorf. Amateur chefs are in charge of adding flavor and aromas to this festival. There are dishes from all over the world and of course from the good German gastronomy.
It is a perfect opportunity to enjoy exotic dishes and stroll through a beautiful city. The entry price is 2 euros and the ticket is valid for the two days of the fair. The food has a value of between 4 and 8 euros per portion. Bio burgers, grilled Mexican octopus and vegan sushi are some of the options. In April and May depending on the city.
4. Food Connections (Bristol, UK)
It is a renowned gastronomic festival for the English and combines the perfect preparation with local products of excellent quality. The goal of “Food Connections” is to help attendees reflect on their eating habits.
The party is divided into 6 categories, all related to sustainability: Plantation, Celebrations, How to cook well, Well-being, Food and Family. It takes place in early May and admission is free. The star product is cider. It can be purchased at various stalls and all are sourced from the Somerset area.
5. Gouda Kaasmarkt (Netherlands)
In the cradle of Gouda cheese, a festival that paid tribute to it could not be missed. Every Thursday from April to August this market is set up between the historic De Waag Building (built in 1668) and the Town Hall. They continue to maintain the custom of offering the best cheese straight from the factory. Farmers and merchants come together to compete with their elaborations. And you can haggle on the price of parts!
Admission is free and all the dishes they sell are prepared with Gouda cheese, how could it be otherwise. Some of the menu names are “Cheesew 12 o’clock” and “High Cheese”. Are you a fan of cheeses? Then this is your festival!
If you decide to take a tour of these gastronomic festivals, we advise you to move the scale away before and after leaving home. When you return you can start the diet!