Food festival

A food festival is a festival, that uses food, often produce, as its central theme. These festivals have always been a means of uniting communities through celebrations of harvests and giving thanks for a plentiful growing season.


Food Festivals throughout the world are often based on traditional farming techniques, seasons Food festivals are related to food culture of an area, whether through the preparation of food served or the time period in which the festival is celebrated. Food festivals are considered strengthening agents for local cultural heritage, and simultaneously celebrate this cultural heritage while also commodifying it for a killer

national or international audience.[1] While historically aligned with culturally significant food harvesting periods, contemporary food festivals are usually associated with businesses entities or nonprofit organizations and engage a great deal of marketing for their festivals, since their success is measured off how much revenue they generate for the local community, region, or entity putting on the event.[2] Modern food festivals are also a large part of the food tourism industry, which uses food festivals and regional cuisine to support the broader tourism industry of a particular locality.[1]

Food Tourism

Food festivals are quickly becoming part of a vast food tourism industry. Food tourism itself has become an important part of the tourism industry worldwide, and the presence of food festivals shown to support local industry development.[3] Food festivals are an important part of destination branding for many regions, creating an event-based reason for individuals to visit otherwise unattractive localities and promote local products and services outside of an urban product environment.[3] Several case studies have shown that food festivals can potentially improve social sustainability while also heavily supporting the tourism and hospitality industries.[4] Food tourism is also an important reason why people attend food festivals around the world.[5] Studies have shown that engagement with food tourism indicates that an individual will attend festivals again in the future, indicating a cooperative element to food tourism and food festival attendance.

List of food and drink festivals


Festival name Type Country/city Since Notes
Lagos Seafood FestivalFish festival Nigeria
Lebokufestival Nigeria
New Yam Festival of the Igbofestival Nigeria
Nnewi Afiaolu Festivalfestival Nigeria
Ashanti Yam Festivalfestival Ghana
Asogli Yam Festivalfestival Ghana
Fofie Yam Festivalfestival Ghana
Kavala Fresk FeastivalFish festival Cape Verde / Mindelo2013


Festival name Type Country/city Since Notes
Bankstown Bites Food FestivalFood Australia
Hokitika Wildfoods FestivalFood New Zealand
Caxton Street Seafood and Wine FestivalWine festival/Food Australia
Good Food & Wine ShowWine festival/Food Australia
Grampians Grape EscapeWine festival Australia
Kings Cross Food and Wine FestivalWine festival/Food Australia
Melbourne Food and Wine FestivalWine festival/Food Australia
Taste FestivalFood Australia
Vegfest (AU)Food Australia
Darwin Beer Can RegattaBeer festival Australia
GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers of the YearBeer festival Australia
Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPularBeer festival Australia
Schützenfest (Adelaide)Beer festival Australia
Warners Bay Beer FestivalBeer festival Australia
Taste of Tasmania Food Australia 1988


See List of food festivals in Canada.


  • Puerto Vallarta festival

United States

There are several Florida food festivals and New Jersey food festivals. Other festivals include 626 Night Market in Arcadia, California; Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California; Brentwood Cornfest in Brentwood, California; Mushroom Festivals in various locales; the Castroville Artichoke Festival, in Castroville, California; the Stockton Asparagus Festival, in Stockton, California; the ¡Latin Food Festival! in San Diego, California; the Lexington Barbecue Festival in North Carolina; the Posen Potato Festival, in Posen, Michigan; the Norwalk Oyster Festival, in Norwalk, Connecticut, Vaisakhi Festival in Yuba City, California, and the Howell Melon Festival in Howell, Michigan, known for electing the Howell Melon Queen.

Vegetarian food festivals include VegFests in Boston, Massachusetts; Salt Lake City, Utah; and San Francisco, California; Seattle, Washington; including the premier Boston Vegetarian Food Festival in autumn, an event originally copied from the then already longstanding Toronto Vegetarian Food Fair in Toronto, Ontario. The List of vegetarian festivals includes hundreds of such events in North America, and hundreds elsewhere, also.


Festival name Type Country/city Since Notes
Jakarta Fashion & Food Festival Indonesia
Thapar Food Festival India
Osho Monsoon Festivalfestival India
Qatar International Food Festivalfestival Qatar2009

South America

Festival name Type Country/city Since Notes
Festival de comida de rua Fortalezafestival Brazil / Fortaleza
Festival de comida de rua São Paulofestival Brazil / São Paulo
Misturafestival Peru / Lima2008the largest food festival in Latin America. Held annually.


  • Asti's Festival of Festivals held in Asti in September.
  • Battle of the Oranges is a traditional orange fight held in Ivrea each February.
  • Cibus


  • La Tomatina - a tomato-throwing festival held in late August in Buñol.
  • L’Aplec del Caragol - a snail-eating festival held in Lleida in May.


  • The Räbechilbi turnip festival is held annually in September.
  • A cheese festival is held in Gruyére in May.

See also

  • List of dining events


  1. Kim, Sangkyun (2015-10-02). "Understanding the Historical and Geographical Contexts of Food Festival Tourism Development: The of the Tatebayashi Noodle Grand Prix in Japan". Tourism Planning & Development. 12 (4): 433–446. doi:10.1080/21568316.2015.1025991. ISSN 2156-8316. S2CID 154621164.
  2. Wu, Hung-Che; Wong, Jose Weng-Chou; Cheng, Ching-Chan (2014-11-02). "An Empirical Study of Behavioral Intentions in the Food Festival: The Case of Macau". Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research. 19 (11): 1278–1305. doi:10.1080/10941665.2013.844182. ISSN 1094-1665. S2CID 154640870.
  3. Lee, Insun; Arcodia, Charles (July 2011). "The Role of Regional Food Festivals for Destination Branding: The Role of Regional Food Festivals for Destination Branding". International Journal of Tourism Research. 13 (4): 355–367. doi:10.1002/jtr.852.
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  5. Chang, Meehyang; Kim, Jung-Hoon; Kim, Daecheol (2018-10-01). "The Effect of Food Tourism Behavior on Food Festival Visitor's Revisit Intention". Sustainability. 10 (10): 3534. doi:10.3390/su10103534. ISSN 2071-1050.
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