Where Is the World’s Best Gourmet Food Festival?

In destinations as diverse as Bangkok and Palm Beach, local food festivals are inspiring gourmands and sparking culinary trends.

Aug 13, 2014
  • Chef at World Gourmet Festival in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Servers at Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival in Florida
  • Gourmet dish at Chef Fest in Hualalai, Hawaii
  • Gourmet dish at Copenhagen Cooking festival in Denmark
  • Grand tasting at Vegas Uncork'd in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Prawns on a stick with satay sauce at Night Noodle Markets at Good Food Month in Sydney, Australia
  • Mushrooms at Alba International White Truffle Fair in Italy
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World Gourmet Festival, Bangkok, Thailand
Featuring an extraordinary line-up of chefs each year, Bangkok’s World Gourmet Festival is one of the culinary industry’s most anticipated festivals. Akrame Benallal, Paolo Casagrande and Thierry Dufroux are just a few of the distinguished chefs who will take part in the festivities in 2014. And to top it off, a portion of the proceeds from each dinner ticket goes to HRH Princess Soamsawali’s Save a Child’s Life From AIDS charity project in coordination with the Thai Red Cross, allowing you to do good by eating well.
Photography Somkiat Jarasphat
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Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival, Palm Beach, Florida
Food lovers flock to this Florida island each winter to drink and dine in a chic and exclusive setting. Featuring food legends from Daniel Boulud to Todd English, the star-studded four-day festival includes specialty cocktail and hors d’oeuvre receptions, five-course premium wine-pairing dinners and a kids’ cooking class. But the biggest event is the festival’s grand finale: the tasting and cooking competition held on the last night.
Photography LILA PHOTO
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Chef Fest, Hualālai, Hawaii
Each fall, Four Seasons Resort Hualālai at Historic Ka‘ūpūlehu hosts Chef Fest, a four-day series of events that includes gourmet dinners, interactive cooking classes, wine tastings and expert-led culinary excursions. Perhaps the most unusual part of the event is its laid-back atmosphere: Guests are able to interact closely with top chefs—in the line-up this year are Amanda Freitag, Ned Bell and Marco Canora—whether it’s at a cooking demonstration or during a friendly round of golf. For the last evening, a gala reception and dinner offers the opportunity to taste the creations of all participating chefs and sample the bounty of Hawaii.
Photography courtesy Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
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Copenhagen Cooking, Copenhagen, Denmark
Celebrating its 10th anniversary in August, this annual 10-day festival is one of the best in Northern Europe. Showcasing Danish and Nordic gastronomy, Copenhagen Cooking features chefs from some of the city’s top restaurants. Attend a jam-making workshop, tour local markets, dine in the private apartments of Danish chefs, or sample a royal banquet in the kitchens at Christiansborg Palace. With more than 100 events throughout the city, it’s enough to keep your calendar—and your stomach—full.
Photography Christian Lindgren courtesy copenhagenmediacenter.com
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Vegas Uncork’d, Las Vegas, Nevada
This annual bash, hosted by Bon Appétit, brings out the food industry’s biggest stars for four jam-packed days each May. Wherever your tastes tend, sample world-class cuisine at a number of exciting events: epicurean feasts, Master Series dinners with celebrity chefs, poolside tastings, cocktails and even a beer garden are all done up in true Vegas fashion.
Photography courtesy Vegas Uncork'd
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Good Food Month, Sydney, Australia
Formerly known as the Crave Sydney International Food Festival, Sydney’s Good Food Month is one of the country’s leading culinary celebrations. Throughout the month of October, the city’s top restaurants, pubs, bars and food vendors put their absolute best on display. Don’t miss the Night Noodle Markets, the festival’s signature events, held most evenings (except Sunday) in Hyde Park. Still hungry? Come March, head south from Sydney to check out the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, the landmark cultural event of the Victoria region.
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Alba International White Truffle Fair, Alba, Italy
On Saturdays and Sundays from mid-October to mid-November, the finest chefs and culinary insiders make their way to the small Italian town of Alba. The reason? Truffles—and not just any truffles. Alba’s famous white truffle, or “Alba Madonna,” is one of the world’s rarest and most expensive. Even if you don’t have a ticket to the invitation-only truffle auction, the fair also showcases the Piedmont region’s gourmet food, wine and culture through classes, tastings, a medieval fair and, of course, the Truffle Market.
Photography Alessandro Baffa

It should come as no surprise that we here at Four Seasons Magazine always have food on our minds. We especially love it when we get the chance to combine our dual loves of cuisine and travel. Which is why we’re counting down—perhaps impatiently—the days until celebrated chefs from around the world showcase their skills at Four Seasons Hotels Food & Wine Festivals.

The series of epicurean events kicks off in Bangkok with the 15th annual World Gourmet Festival (September 1–7), then heads to Hualalai for Chef Fest (October 22–25) and wraps up in Palm Beach at the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival (December 11–14). Although the first festival is still a few weeks away, we’ve already got Taste bookmarked in our browsers. It’s the official home of everything you need to know about the Four Seasons Food & Wine Festivals, both before and during the events, with exclusive recipes, of-the-moment news and behind-the-scenes insights you can’t find anywhere else.

In anticipation of the upcoming events, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to reflect on some of the world’s greatest food festivals. Whether it’s a celebration of local cuisine, a focus on one special ingredient or a grand international affair, if there’s food to be tasted and wine to be sampled, sign us up.

Many of you shared on Facebook your thoughts on where to find the world’s best food festivals. Here’s what you had to say:

“Bite of Seattle!”
—Danielle Morgan

“New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival! It’s not all about the great music . . . You can try almost everything from red beans to stuffed crawfish bread . . . Amazing!”
—Cassie McMillion

“Whistler”
—Travis Fawcett

“The Jazz & Rib Fest in beautiful Columbus, Ohio, USA!”
—Danny Strasser

“International Food & Wine festival at Epcot® theme park, Orlando, Florida”
—Tarik Bouslama

“Taste of London”
—Ryan Hattingh

“Helena, Georgia, Oktoberfest!”
—Holly Pozsik Barber

“Singapore Food Festival”
—Gerard Lim

Don’t see your favourite on the list? Point us in the right direction in the comments section below.


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4 Comments about Where Is the World’s Best Gourmet Food Festival?

  1. Mary Zinck says:

    Cornucopia November 6-16 is Whistler’s food + everything drink festival!

  2. Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival http://brightonfoodfestival.com

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