The most unusual food festivals

People are going to festivals to share their common passion with their like-minded people. But how many festivals are on the planet. Meanwhile, there is one fairly common habit, which for a long time was not perceived as a hobby.

And when people realized that this activity is quite interesting, pleasant and useful, then whole festivals devoted to this “hobby” appeared. We will tell you about the most famous of them.

The most unusual food festivals

Festival RoadKill Cook-Off.

Gourmets prefer steaks from meat of rare animals or oysters, and here those who like dishes for animals killed on the roads gather. At the festival there are even competitions in the art of cooking. As a result, guests can taste unique ragout from a raccoon or possum, who died under the wheels of transport. The rules of the annual event state that all participants must come here with a corpse killed on the animal’s road. Also it is necessary to bring with it a set of ingredients necessary for the preparation of dishes and corresponding to the future dish. Preparation of the food takes place in front of everyone, but it will be evaluated by a special jury. At the same time, the appearance of the dish and its taste are taken into account. More recently, the organizers have introduced a new rule. Now the dishes from the dead animals should look as if these creatures had just got from under the wheels of a car-killer. The winner of the competition is given as much as $ 300 as a prize. Those who could not come to the festival, but want to taste a dish from the animal killed on the road, you can do it in a special institution. So, in the town of Seligmen, Arizona, there is a cafe “Road killers”. There you can try a steak “Deceased with the deer world,” fried ribs called “Trap for a raccoon” and even “Chicken, almost crossed the road.”

The most unusual food festivals

Festival of pine fungi of Sonya.

Annually in South Korean Yanyan in September-October this event is held. Sonia is a local delicacy mushroom. It is believed that they are inferior in quality to truffles. These mushrooms have chosen a pine on Mount Chhilbosan. Its name translates as a mountain of seven miracles. The market price for delicacy is quite high and amounts to $ 265 per kilogram. Not surprisingly, the sony even called forest diamonds. When in 2007 the first meeting of the heads of South and North Korea took place for a long time, politicians first of all discussed these mushrooms. Kim Jong Il even gave his colleague an expensive gift – as many as 4 tons of newly harvested pine dormouse. These mushrooms can be found in autumn, at the same time in the Yangyan province there is a celebration in their honor. Here you can try unique dishes based on these gifts of the forest, buy medicines, one of the components of which is Sony. I must say that the fungi grow exceptionally in natural conditions. They can not be collected without a state license. Only once a year tourists and local residents are entitled to collect unique fungi of Sonya. But pleasure is not cheap. Walking with a basket in a beautiful forest in a state of “quiet hunting” will cost the child about 11 dollars, and an adult – a half times more expensive.

The most unusual food festivals

Festival of chestnuts Marunada.

Every autumn for three weekends in the Croatian towns of Lovran, Dobreć and Ligan this celebration is held. The very word “Maruna” has many meanings, depending on the language. For example, in Jamaica, these are freedom fighters who fought the English colonial invaders. And in Croatia the word has a much more peaceful tone. This is called the local ort of chestnuts, which is considered almost the best in the world. Once local sailors brought from their eastern journeys unusual chestnuts. They were then crossed with European varieties. So the Maroons appeared. These chestnuts gave the name to the festival, which is now held annually for almost 40 years. And the time of the year for the celebration is not chosen randomly. It is in the autumn that chestnuts ripen, and it’s time to collect them.Marunada starts in October. The first celebrations fall to the share of the small town of Lovran, and the next weekend the festival flares up in the villages of Dobrech and Ligan. The most interesting thing at the festival is the tasting of maroons. Fried chestnuts are often cooked directly under the open air and then sold in paper bags. Also local chefs learned to add maroons to fish and meat, cook sauces and soups from them, and prepare salads. Prepare from the chestnuts even sweets – at the festival there are sweets from them, mousses, cakes and even soufflé. After all, the Croatian poor learned to extract the flour from the Maroons long ago, replacing it with the ordinary one.

The most unusual food festivals

Festival Thorrablot Feast.

You can get to this festival in Iceland either on the third Saturday of January or at the end of February. This gastronomic festival is directly connected with the Old Norse holiday. The month that we call January, the Vikings called Torrey. At this time, they made their sacrifices to the gods, while the soldiers drank much, sang and walked. By tradition, the holiday was dedicated to the main god – the Torah. And today on Thorrablot Feast this saint is not forgotten to devote a few words. The ancient festival was forgotten for a long time, while the Norwegian students did not decide to revive the national tradition. It happened in the late XIX century. Since then, the festival guests have learned what the real kitchen of the Vikings really is. Throughout Iceland during the festival, you can taste prepared according to old recipes. Its guests will gladly prepare many restaurants and small taverns. True, such “savage” dishes do not fit all pampered European stomachs. Few of the guests dare to try the mutton stomach with minced meat in the form of coagulated blood of sheep and fat. And what are jelly from sheep’s brains or marinated bullish eyes? But the real decoration of the festival is the already famous hakarl. This is a slightly faded shark meat, reminiscent of a taste of either a squid or a sturgeon. Only the smell of such a delicacy is very unpleasant. And there is such a dish as much as 100 euros. Do not be embarrassed by the fact that at the Torrey Festival all the food is paid – after all, the food is supplied with a gift of brewery, local potato vodka.

The most unusual food festivals

Watermelon Festival Chinchilla Melon.

If you adore watermelons, then prepare to go to the Australian Chinchillah. Here, every two years, the festival Chinchilla Melon. One of his oldest traditions commands all guests to come here in old shoes and clothes. But it’s easy to explain. After all, in the days of the festival, all the streets of the town are literally strewn with water-melon stones and crusts. So keeping balance and not smearing in the sweet juice can be quite difficult. For the first time the watermelon festival was held here in 1994. Solemnity quickly became a kind of visiting card of the city. He himself has a direct relationship to watermelons – they are grown here a fourth of the total volume of the country. No wonder Chinchill is called the watermelon capital of Australia. The festival is somewhat reminiscent of the famous Tomatina, which takes place in Spain. If in Europe the inhabitants destroy tons of tomatoes, then in Australia the guests declare a real war for watermelons for a while. Here, even a series of competitions are held to break up large berries. Watermelons are thrown into a ring, used as shoes, running a race. The most striking event at the festival is the weighing of fruits. The heaviest of them is solemnly declared Watermelon of the Year. Well, the most extreme competition is held to break solid berries head. In 2009, there was even a record set in the Guinness Book of Records. Australian John Alvud was able to break 47 watermelons for a minute, which brought him fame.

The most unusual food festivals

Festival Wild Foods.

Already 22 years in the New Zealand town of Hokitika is a permanent festival. For the first time such a celebration was held here in 1990. It was associated with the 125th anniversary of the city. It is believed that the festival came up with Claire Briant, a native of New Zealand. Once she treated her friends to unusual wine made from wild flowers.This idea was the basis of the celebration. Local entrepreneurs quickly realized that this gastronomic idea is simply doomed to success. So there was an annual culinary weekend, devoted to a variety of rare and unusual dishes of New Zealand cuisine. And on their basis a festival was born, which increased the number of tourists eight times in a small seaside town. The bulk of the food looks like sushi. Only inside are hidden “surprises” – slugs, larvae, worms, bullish eyes. Tourists are happy to eat crunchy grasshoppers under a sweet sauce and deep-fried shark meat. But the most famous dish at the festival is pies of smolts. These small fish are considered a great delicacy in New Zealand, besides the season of their authorized fishing is very short. If the guests have enough strength for dessert, then it’s worth trying ice cream with wasp larvae. To get to this gastronomic feast you have to pay 30 local dollars, and another 15 you can get to a night disco.

The most unusual food festivals

Festival of maple syrup.

In Canada, the first major spring festival, Maple Syrup, takes place in March-April. A collection of maple juice begins in the country at the end of February. For this, trees that are 30 to 50 years old are suitable. In their trunks a small hole is made, from which the liquid flows into the buckets. In the future, a syrup is prepared from the juice. At the same time, 30-40 liters of raw materials are consumed per 1 liter of finished products. But in fact so much for a season can give one maple to an insatiable person. Collection of juice throughout the country lasts until the end of April. Together with this, the festival of maple syrup is held in Canada. The first mention of this festival dates back to 1760. Then the gathering of a refreshing liquid was done by the Indians. They evaporated the juice and thus obtained sugar. Today, the festival presents a variety of dishes from maple syrup or with its addition. Some of them can be tasted only here. The classical use of sweet syrup is its use with waffles or soup. But on its basis, vegetable soup is also prepared, chicken thighs are marinated. And we should not forget about the famous sugar pie without a crust. A special presentation at the festival is given by the maple syrup museum Wheelers Maple. Every time he holds master classes. Thanks to them, everyone can learn how to cook a delicious syrup and immediately try what happened to him.

The most unusual food festivals

Festival of fried piglets.

Every year on June 24 in the Philippines, in the city of Balayan, there is a traditional festival. Fried piglets are a very popular dish on this island. And on the day when Catholics remember John the Baptist, the Filipinos are arranging their holiday. It’s called Parade Lechon. This word in the country calls the whole fried pig. Important preparations are taking place before the holiday begins. First, the carcasses of the best milk piglets are marinated in spices, vinegar and soy sauce. Then meat is stuffed with pandan leaves and tamarind. The field of this piglet is fried on a spit. However, the ready dish is not served at the table, but is dressed in different colorful costumes and worn on the shoulders by a participant in the streets of the city. The parade presents pigs in evening and wedding dresses, piglets are dressed in national clothes, sports boxing uniforms or even in the overalls of the Formula 1 racer. And only when the festive procession ends, the perpetrators of the festival undress and serve the same to the table. Anyone can enjoy a delicious meal here. In the Philippines, they love dairy pigs so much that they treat them not only as a dish, but also as an excellent welcome gift. There is nothing surprising that at the wedding the newlyweds will be given a small pig.

The most unusual food festivals

Festival of mangoes.

Annually in the beginning of July in New Delhi, India, festivities dedicated to this fruit are held. It occupies a special place in the life of the country. The national animal here is the Bengal tiger, the flower is the lotus, and the mango is without doubt the main fruit in India. According to legend, the Buddha himself ate it once when he was in deep thought.The philosopher ordered to bury the bone of a useful fruit in the place indicated by him. They say that immediately out of the earth appeared a sprout, and soon grew and a tree on which plural fruits appeared. Since that time mango has become a sacred plant for India. Here it is a symbol of abundance and health. For a year in the country collect as much as 9.5 million tons of this fruit. At a local market, a kilogram of mango costs only half a dollar. Collection of fruits reaches its apogee in late June – early July. It was at this time that the festival dedicated to mango is held in New Delhi. The main guests here are farmers from all over the country. They bring with them the new and unusual varieties of fruit brought to them. You can find here a mango the size of a chicken egg, and there are those that look like melons. At the festival, mango tastings are held, while paying for this entertainment is not necessary. There are also competitions, who will eat fruit faster. Within the framework of the holiday there is also a women’s contest for the best recipe of the dish all from the same mango.

The most unusual food festivals

Festival of gooseberries.

Country in which gooseberry is loved, as nowhere is England. Is it any wonder that they have dedicated a whole festival to her. It is held in the Egton Bridge in early August. There is evidence that Englishmen knew gooseberries even under King Edward I, that is, in the 13th century! Although the fact that berry breeding started here since 1548 is more reliable. In those days, medieval Germany used gooseberry bushes as hedges and fences. But in England, the enlightened inhabitants specially grew bushes and ate delicious berries. And today the inhabitant of Albion did not depart from the traditions of their ancestors. On the first Tuesday of August in North Yorkshire, a festival dedicated exclusively to gooseberry is held. The main guests here are gardeners. They meet in the church of Saint Gedda and argue, whose gooseberry grew more delicious, more beautiful and more. For more than a hundred years there has been a glorious tradition of determining the most difficult berry. As well as once for a long time weigh a gooseberry-giant on old chemist’s scales. They measure the weight of berries with grains and drachmas. The last gooseberry winner with its size was more like a golf ball.

The most unusual food festivals

Festival of La Tomatina.

It is one of the most famous festivals in the world relating to food. It takes place in late August – early September in the Spanish Bunyol. For a week, the life of a small town is entirely subject to the laws of the tomato festival. Here an average of 35 thousand people come to the festival. But the population of the town itself is 4 times smaller! And there was an unusual festival relatively recently. It is said that the throwing of tomatoes became a symbol of protest against the dictator Franco’s regime. But the story is more plausible that the first throwing of tomatoes in Bunyol occurred in 1945, when the city celebrated the day of its patron Saint Bertrand. Tomato has since been repeatedly banned. But since 1959 every summer, tomato battles in Bunyola happen regularly. Until 1975, participation in the “battle” was paid. But in the end, first the monks, and then the city authorities began to distribute the cannon-tomatoes for free. After all, it paid off by the invasion of tourists to these places. The festival takes place in the city for a week. During this time, you can take a walk at the fair, parade in costumes and participate in the competition for eating paella. And on Wednesday, at 11 o’clock in the afternoon, the firecracker starts from the town hall. This serves as a signal for the beginning of the battle with tomatoes. The battle lasts exactly one hour. There are no special rules – you can start a tomato in anyone who is nearby. The most important thing is to follow the unwritten norms of the festival. According to them, tomatoes can not be pressed before throwing, and also tearing clothes on another participant.

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