Learning about Food Festivals

Hi all,
Let me apologize in advance, I’m not sure if this is the right place to post.
Since food festivals are a big part of food culture I decided that I should ask here! My team and I are a group of designers currently working on redesigning the website of a food festival as a conceptual exercise. We would love to learn more about food festivals. They seem super fun and a crucial part of the dining ecosystem. Tell me about your favorite food festival.
Thank you in advance.

I am very fond of these:


The weren’t held in 2020, of course, but I’m looking forward to this year.

I love spicy food, can you tell me more about this festival? Sounds super fun.

Sure. It’s a number of vendor booths selling various products made with chili peppers - hot sauce, obviously, but also chocolate bars, salty snacks, etc. There are demos about how to pickle peppers, or ferment them. People in goofy pepper costumes to pose with. Chili pepper-themed art. And bands.

It amazes me how many types of general and specialty food festivals exist. Do you know of any other specialty festivals like the Chile pepper festival and garlic festival?

In the PNW, are oyster festivals, strawberry, blackberry, and blueberry festivals, a garlic fest, large, public salmon feeds, seafood fests, Lutefisk dinners, Greek Food and Culture festivals, and so on. These also happen in other parts of the US and other countries too. I’ve been to a rattlesnake roundup, replete with rattlesnake, deep fried. Probably just about anything and everything else too, depending on geography. There’s a huge, annual garlic festival in Gilroy, California, at least pre-Covid.


You can just about throw a dart at the map and find one…

Rockland, ME, lobster fest
Castroville, CA, artichoke festival
Pismo Beach, CA, clam festival
San Juan Bautista, CA, chicken festival


Let’s not forget the numerous Onion Festivals: http://www.pickyourown.org/Onion-festivals.php

On that note, the Vidalias are very sweet and mild this year. I never met an allium I didn’t like.


A close cousin to food festivals per se, are cook-offs, which frequently occur with a town’s special festival weekend(s)/celebrations Think Rodeo Days, Alpine Days, Western Roundups, Italian Days, etc. Generally, people pay an entrance fee to cook, and be judged, but in quantities large enough for concessions, with the attendees paying for samples/servings.

Our own @Babette does this one…



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The Cranberry Festival in New Jersey

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