Worldwide Food Calendar
Where: Orlando, Florida
When: September 25 - November 16, 2016
The EPCOT Food and Wine Festival bursts onto the scene each October with a Disney-like celebration of international food. Florida's Disneyworld allows thousands of happy travelers to eat their way around the world in the one place. The yearly theme park drawcard promises guests a chance to sample over 200 original gourmet creations from 23 exotic locations, as well as many craft beers and tap-served wines to cleanse the palate.
Simply one of the most vast and varied theme parks in the world, Disneyworld is the most fun of its brand for all age groups. Plan on staying at least four days to make the most of your admission ticket.
Where: Phuket, Thailand
When: October 15-21, 2016
Any festival dedicated to the healthy choice of consuming only fresh fruit, vegetables and exotic grains may conjure images of a breezy, community-spirited affair with stallholders in Bohemian dress giving away exotic fruits from an organic farm, sales reps touting revolutionary new tofu formulae, and perhaps an outgoing PETA representative or two. But this is Thailand - a land of surprises. And although this week-long festival takes place in one of Asia's largest and friendliest tourist meccas, the proceedings at the Phuket Vegetarian festival are anything but standard.
Observed by the Chinese-Thai community at various temples throughout the city, it celebrates the belief that abstinence from meat and other vices aids in spirit cleansing and "merit-making". Dramatic ceremonies to invoke the benevolence of the gods include fire-walking, lighting crackers and body piercing (often with strange objects through the cheek) and colourful processions of devotees bearing various floats and banners in a trance-like state. Street stalls flying yellow flags serve specially prepared vegetarian meals alongside the street processions.
In the sometimes over-touristy environment of Phuket, the Vegetarian Festival is a stunning example of an ancient tradition, with an almost endless supply of great local fare to sample. The perfect contrast to your luxurious beach-front resort.
Where: Toronto, Canada
When: October 17 - November 8, 2016
With beachwear back in storage after a long and enjoyable summer, now is the time to indulge. Even so, dieters beware! Decadent and delectable chocolate creations will be making appearances all over the city for the 10th annual Toronto Chocolate Festival. A Sunday exhibition promises fun for the whole family with chocolate painting and eating contests for the extreme aficionados, and hands-on lessons for the creative types. Outside, the Chocolicious Passport will make it easy to crawl through the GTA's sampling of chocolatiers, pastry shops and restaurants until you end up like Augustus Gloop.
This year the Chocolate Ball will be filled to the rim with excitement as the theme Cirque du Chocolat comes alive with floor shows, special guest performers, guest deejay and more.
Once it's all over you may want to consider working off the excess calories. Toronto Island will be shrouded in eye-catching red, orange and yellow in the changing of the season - a lovely excursion for a walk, jog or cycle.
Where: Christmas Island, Australia
When: Throughout October
You don't need event planners and sponsors to hold a spectacular show in some parts of the world! While not a true festival per se, the migration of millions of red crabs across the breadth of tiny Christmas Island is a recurring fact of life for the few residents. It is an event that draws tourists across the Indian Ocean. Tens of thousands of the little critters scuttle sideways across roads (via custom-built crab tunnels), through golf courses, past children's playgrounds, and may even take a detour through ground-level bedrooms!
There's just one problem. Though this pincer-equipped species is not protected and its supply is virtually unlimited, the red crab doesn't make for a tasty bisque. Feeding predominantly on plant matter, their composition is mostly water. So no matter how much chilli sauce you douse them with, red crabs are bland and uninspiring. Especially after the appetite-building effort of shelling and peeling. If witnessing this amazing natural phenomenon has you longing for a delicious seafood meal, you'll find plenty of options in Western Australia's port of Fremantle - the only entry point via plane to the remote island.
Where: Hawai'i, USA
When: October 14 - 30, 2016
The Hawai'i Food and Wine Festival will feature a roster of more than 80 internationally renowned chefs and culinary personalities from Hawai'i, the US mainland, and around the globe. This year will include signature events on O'ahu and the neighbour islands of Maui and Hawai'i Island. "Taste our Love for the Land" is HFWF's overarching message along with promoting the return of sustainability to Hawai'i, building on what the 12 founding chefs of Hawai'i Regional Cuisine (HRC) started 24 years ago. The festival brings together interests in tourism, agriculture, education, culinary arts, culture and sustainability to promote the Aloha State as a culinary destination. www.hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com/
Where: Port Angeles, USA
When: October 9 - 11, 2016
Crabfest, held annually on the second weekend in October in Port Angeles, located 15 miles west of Dungeness, Home of the Dungeness Crab, is a terrific culinary event around which to plan a fall getaway weekend – or longer. This three-day event is not only about great local seafood. Live music, professional chef demonstrations, a Sunday morning “Crab Revival,” a Chowder Cook-Off, the Grab-A-Crab Tank Derby, environmental art exhibits, and vendor booths round out the this signature Northwest event.
Where: St Andrews by the Sea, Canada
When: 16 - 18 October 2016
This food and wine festival in beautiful St Andrews by the Sea has something for everyone, including pie eating and baking competitions, a pie social and a wine trail. “Taste of St Andrews” offers a walking tour of Water Street with food samples in the stores along with wine sampling, beer sampling and cocktails, plus live entertainment. Another signature event is the amazing “Harvest Feast” at Kingsbrae Garden, a five-course meal featuring the freshest local ingredients and wine pairings, created by local chefs from Savour in the Garden, The Community College, The Algonquin Resort and the Rossmount Inn. Brats & Brews at the Kingsbrae Garden Café is a sociable Oktoberfest-style event with a delicious, affordable meal of fresh barbecued sausages with potato salad, coleslaw and sauerkraut — fun for all ages.
Where: Calgary and Edmonton, Canada
When: October 16 - 17 2016 in Calgary
When: November 6 - 7 2016 in Edmonton
The Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival is the largest and most exciting wine and food event in Alberta.
The Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton and The Stampede Park BMO Centre will each host a Grand Tasting Hall, where exhibitor booths will showcase the latest adult beverage products, including an extensive variety of wines, scotch, micro-brews, imported beer and premium spirits, paired with a delicious selection of nibbles from local restaurants, hotel and food purveyors. Complimentary cheese tasting seminars will be presented by Dairy Farmers of Canada. Festival attendees will be able to vote for their top sips and samples in The Great Big Taste Awards competition. Offering something for everyone, with products ranging from value based to ultra-exclusive, The Grand Tasting Hall offers a unique opportunity to explore new products, interact with experts and discover new finds.
Where: Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Australia
When: October 1 – 31, 2016
It's Australia’s largest food festival! Food-lovers in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra celebrate Australia’s extraordinary culinary scene, with everything from fine-dining dinners to free, family-friendly outdoor festivals. The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Month and The Canberra Times Good Food Month launch on October 1. The Age Good Food Month gets underway in Melbourne on November 1.
The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Month presented by Citi is a month-long celebration of the ultimate dining experiences including Hats Off Dinners, Let's Do Lunch and NEW events such as Sweetfest, Cooking With Fire, Eat Art, and more. Featuring star chefs Ivan Orkin, Chris Ying, Jonathon Gold, Dan Lepard and Andy Bowden.
Where: Lombok, Indonesia
When: 6th full moon of Sasak calendar (November/December)
Wintery Canada makes use of fluffy snowballs for good-natured battles. Spaniards toss their oversupply of tomatoes at one another in a slightly more outrageous display of national camaraderie. In Indonesia, the theme is based around inter-sectarian harmony and peaceful rivalry between indigenous cultures. Weapon of choice? Sticky rice wrapped in coconut leaves! Raucously excitable men, women and children gather around an 18th- century temple in preparation for an upcoming rice harvest, pelting each other with homemade edible missiles that will be later buried fortuitously in the fields. With spirits high following such good natured physicality, the celebrations continue through the moonlit evening with music, local delicacies and other market goods.
It's no wonder that with rituals such as Perang Topat, the Lombok people are peaceful and welcoming bunch. Growing as a haven for genuine Australian travelers escaping the modern and noisy tourist trap of Bali, this Indonesian island offers acres of lush forest and some of the best snorkeling/diving in South-East Asia. A true highlight for nature lovers is a hike around one of the world's most historically devastating volcanoes, Mount Rinjani.
Where: Bridgetown, Barbados
When: 17-20 November, 2016
The warm welcome you'll receive on this Caribbean island for their sixth annual Food, Rum and Wine Festival will make it an experience like no other. Barbados is where you'll find world class chefs mentoring and celebrating in style with the locals and travelers like yourself! The highlights of the event are the family friendly Sizzle Street - where the fun-loving culture and its street food combine, and the all night beach party - where top shelf local rum can be tossed back in mojito form while sampling an array of finger food. See also how award winning Mount Gay rum is produced then exported all over the world to fine cocktail bars.
Many smaller Caribbean islands can be a sleepy affair, so an event such as this gives the perfect mix of relaxation and action that holidaymakers so desire. A safe and welcoming place to stay for any budget, come at one of the nicest times of year for the white sand, limestone hills, crashing surf, and most of the all - the people.
Where: Lopburi, Thailand
When: 27 November, 2016
Judging by a quick Youtube search, who doesn't love witnessing the antics of our very human-like primate friends? But something tells me these mischievous creatures have the run of us mere humans. Not only do we flock to watch them frolic and bathe at one of Japan's best hot springs destinations and let them run amok at Nepal's otherworldly Swayambhunath, we're also encouraged to feed them at countless zoos and animal sanctuaries around the world. North of Bangkok, a local businessman has taken this to an extreme level. Here you can enviously watch the monkeys feast on a sumptuous smorgasbord of fruits, vegetables, cakes and sweets to their hearts' content. More than one kilogram worth for each of the 3000 native population!
The other festivities revolve around people dressing as monkeys and performing ritual dances and other must-see entertainment. Before you lose all inhibitions and sneak yourself a morsel, remember that the cunning monkey is the kind of animal you'd be wise not to cross. Masters in the art of thievery, your display of hunger will not go unpunished! Let's all hope the next Thai businessman organises an enormous "human only" buffet.
Where: Melbourne, Australia
When: 1-30 November, 2016
This month-long celebration, part of Australia’s largest food Festival, showcases the best Melbourne and regional restaurants, cafes, bars and producers with a series of venue-based events and offers – from Let’s Do Lunch to Hats Off Dinners, Pop-ups & Parties to Bar Hop and the famous Night Noodle Markets. International guest stars include Yotam Ottolenghi, Alice Waters and Massimo Bottura.
Where: Indio, California USA
When: Dec 3-4, 2016
It all started in 1992 with an idea by Dave Hernandez, a member of the Downtown Indio Merchants Association and grew into an event ranked by Food Network-TV in the top 10 "All-American Food Festivals" in the nation. The festival celebrates the rich heritage of the tamale and the hard working tamale makers who craft these edible gifts. Join the carnival, watch the parade, enjoy traditional folk dancing and eat your fill of scrumptious tamales.
When: Dec 10, 2016
This is the day when Slow Food convivia around the world celebrate the awesomeness of local food. Slow Food invites anyone who is passionate about food to seek out endangered products in their local area and nominate them for inclusion in the Ark of Taste, a catalogue of endangered traditional foods from around the world. Fans of Slow Food will also be organizing all kinds of events, such as communal dinners, visits to producers, film and cultural events, fundraisers and awareness campaigns. Organizer kits, promotional materials and other resources are available from Slow Food to help you get your own Terra Madre event off the ground.
Where: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
When: Dec 28, 2016 - Jan 3, 2017
Tasmania’s most popular and enduring summer event, The Taste of Tasmania returns to Hobart’s waterfront from 28 December 2016 – 3 January 2017. Seafood, cheeses, berries, cool-climate wines, boutique beers and ciders and much more, representing regions from right around the state, are on offer at stalls located both inside the Princes Wharf No.1 shed, and outside. The Taste of Tasmania features a fabulous entertainment program, with buskers, local musicians and DJs performing throughout the event. All performances are free, but buskers may ask for a donation after their performance. Children are also catered for, with a great program of free activities on every day in The Park. With classes, performances, activities and a nightly family-friendly movie, there’s something for every child. The majestic River Derwent, Hobart’s historic wharves and Salamanca Place provide a stunning backdrop to this annual celebration of quality Tasmanian produce.
Where: Palm Beach, Florida
When: Dec 8-11 2016
Held at the quintessential Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach and at select locations on the island of Palm Beach and The Palm Beaches, this luscious event showcases some of the world's most renowned chefs and wine industry leaders such as food legends Daniel Boulud, Robert Irvine, Marc Murphy, Elizabeth Falkner, and Jeff Mauro. Also slated for this year's event attendance are local favorites Clay Conley, Aaron Black and more than a dozen more. To celebrate 10 years of food and wine in Palm Beach, the 2016 festival adds some fun interactive features, with complimentary 3D glasses to experience the event like never before.
Where: Padstow, UK
When: Dec 1-4 2016
Watch British celebrity chefs Rick Stein, Mitch Tonks and Angela Hartnett cook up a storm, explore the market and - if you want to shed some of those extra mince pies - take part in Santa's fun run. Don't miss the fireworks display.
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