Food festivals are heaven for foodies. Is the place where you can find up-and-coming chefs, innovative ideas, and share your love of food with other like-minded people. In Europe, these festivals are even more impressive since they’re usually a representation of the different cultures that one can find all over the continent.
Whether they are celebrating street food, traditional recipes, beloved local ingredients, or new ventures, these festivals celebrate the cultural diversity of Europe. Besides, they’re a great way of getting a taste of the culinary scene of a country while bonding with others through food. Here are the festivals you can’t miss on your next Eurotrip.
The Urban and Lake Street Food Festival in Italy
Italy’s street food scene has been on the rise for quite some time now. They’ve become such a staple that they work less like traditional food trucks and more like actual brick and mortar restaurants. You really don’t feel like you’re eating fast food on the street. Besides, they have a delicious way of mixing traditional Italian food with contemporary techniques, and, as expected, there are lots of trucks working with fusion food that’s sure to wow anyone.
The Urban and Lake Street Food Festival had its first edition in 2016 and has only grown stronger since. In the last year it’s gotten so big it even does a 6-stop tour throughout Italy. It’s become a huge event with sporting and design events alongside the more than 30 food trucks available.
Belgium’s Shrimp Festival
This festival takes place in Oostduinkerke during the last week of June. See, in this town, shrimp are caught by fishermen horseback riding in the shores of the beach. It’s so unique, UNESCO officially recognizes it as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. During the festival, attendants can see the fishermen catching the shrimp, and then taste the catch of the day prepared in many different ways. There’s also a shrimp parade and other celebratory activities.
The weekend of the Rolling Kitchens in Amsterdam
Each spring, veterans and newbie trucks take over the Westergasfabriek for an entire weekend. During the festival, you’ll be able to find all sorts of quirky food trucks and every possible option you can imagine. There’s everything. From traditional food to Italian, to authentic Asian dishes, and fusions.
Entrance to the festival is free, but of course, you’ll have to pay for the food. It’s best to get there early since it tends to get a bit more crowded during the evenings, and you might also want to bring a picnic blanket because benches get taken pretty quickly.
Isle of Wight Garlic Festival
If you’re a huge fan of garlic, this is the place for you. Even if you’re not, this might be only place in the world where you’ll get to taste garlic ice cream (is better than it sounds) and garlic beer. The garlic festival is a fundraising event held every year during the summer as a way to raise money for the booming garlic industry of the island. During the festival, top chefs do demonstrations, and attendants can buy garlic from award-winning farms.