Festival goers have been tucking into crocodile bites, mountain oysters and grasshoppers

Gourmet fans grab your passports! We’ve found the best food and wine festivals around the world 

 

Wildfoods Festival

New Zealand

Kiwi Claire Bryant saw how her much her friends loved her West Coast gorse flower wine and her rose petal brew, so she thought it only right that everyone else gets a chance to try wildfoods too. So the Wildfoods Festival was launched in 1990 and since then festival goers have been tucking into crocodile bites, mountain oysters and grasshoppers. The next event will be held on 11 March 2017. Tickets are already on sale. Visit www.wildfoods.co.nz

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Wildfoods Festival

Vermont Cheesemakers Festival

USA

Cheese lovers get excited!  The Vermont Cheesemakers Festival is back on 17 July 2016. With more than 40 award-winning cheesemakers selling their wares, expect to try an array of mouthwatering bites includes Apple Wood Smoked Cheese and Jersey Blue. As well as the artisanal cheese you will be able to try other deli treats and produce from local vineyards. On 17 July 2016. Visit www.vtcheesefest.com

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Photography Sabine Granz

 

New Orleans Wine and Food Experience

USA

Top chefs, jazz music and more than 1,000 vintages to try – no wonder everyone has fallen for the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience. And what makes the 2017 extra special is that it will be celebrating its 25th anniversary. However, what make this festival worth a visit is that it is all for a good cause. So not only do you wine and dine for the time of your life, you’re supporting aspiring chefs out there. Visit www.nowfe.com

 

Galway International Oyster And Seafood Festival

Ireland

Since its launch in 1954, the Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival has welcomed over half a million visitors who have eaten 3 millions oysters washed down with champagne. Guests can enjoy their favourite molluscs while dancing the night away to live music. Enjoy the oyster Olympics, the Festival Market and the Mardi Gras Gala. From 23 to 25 September 2016. Visit www.galwayoysterfestival.com 

Crowds gather for the oyster opening competition at The Galway Oyster Festival on Saturday. Photo: Boyd Challenger
The Galway Oyster Festival

 

Truffle Festival

Italy

Don’t be surprised if you spot a famous chef or two on the same plane as you when you fly to Italy for the famed Truffle Festival. October marks the start of the white truffle season, and each weekend the truffle farmers will be showing off their wares in the market. The main event of the festival is the invitation-only truffle auction where these fabulous pieces of funghi go on sale for up to 98,000 Euros for 750 grammes. Italy will celebrate this exotic fungi from 4 October to 9 November. Visit www.fieradeltartufo.org

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Pasta with truffle. Photography Michele Ursino

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