Friday, 12 August 2011

Food Food Glorious Food

Summer is here which always makes us think of delicious food, served outside and shared with family and friends.

Here at Expat Explorer HQ, it got us thinking to the more bizarre food festivals that can be found around the world. Here is our top 3!

As it’s August – the first festival on the agenda has to be:

1. La Tomatina

Originating in Spain, La Tomatina is the world’s largest Tomato throwing festival, and it takes place in Bunyol each year, generally on the last Wednesday in August.

There are around 20,000 participants who congregate to throw tomatoes at each other. The original idea behind it was that tomatoes promote togetherness, however now it seems just a great excuse to get very messy!

2. In at number 2 – Cheese Rolling

There is something so fantastically brilliant about Britain’s annual cheese rolling competition. The event takes place in Gloucester, with hundreds of spectators gathering to watch the competitors chase a Giant Gloucester cheese down a rather steep hill.

We feel that photographs best describe this festival:

3. And at number 3 is the Gilroy Garlic Festival

This is one of the largest food festivals in the states, held in Gilroy, California on the last weekend of July. The event attracts over 100,000 visitors annually, and as you can probably tell from the name, this festival celebrates all things Garlic! The official Gilroy Garlic Festival website claims to have used 72 tons of garlic in the twenty-nine years this festival has existed. There are cooking demonstrations and lectures all about the wonderful use or Garlic!

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