Where Is the World’s Best Gourmet Food Festival?
In cities as diverse as Bangkok and Sydney, local food festivals are inspiring gourmands and sparking culinary trends.
Updated, August 22, 2013—It should come as no surprise that we here at Four Seasons Magazine always have food on our minds. But, really, who doesn’t? Locally baked pastries, homemade recipes and the occasional exotic treat brought back by one of our jet-setting editors often fill our offices with aromas that tempt even the strictest dieters to try “just a little piece.”
In anticipation of the annual World Gourmet Festival taking place this September 2–8 at Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok, 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.
Now in its 14th year, Bangkok’s World Gourmet Festival is bigger than ever. Featuring eight chefs from seven different countries, a Master of Wine, a winemaker and a tea-maker, this year’s festival has expanded to include two new venues at Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok—the Louis Roederer Lounge in the Hotel Lobby and the Whisky Lounge in Aqua—ensuring that no discerning gourmand has to end the night early.
Once again, a portion of the proceeds from each dinner ticket will go to HRH Princess Soamsawali’s Save A Child’s Life From AIDS charity project in coordination with the Thai Red Cross, letting you do good by eating well. If you need more reasons to eat, visit Taste for the 10 best reasons to head to the Bangkok World Gourmet Festival in 2013.
Many of you shared your thoughts on where the world’s best food festivals are on Facebook. Here’s what you had to say:
“Bite of Seattle!”
“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!”
“The Jazz & Rib Fest in beautiful Columbus, Ohio USA!”
“International Food & Wine festival at Epcot® theme park, Orlando, Florida”
“Taste of London”
“Helena, Georgia Oktoberfest!”
—Holly Pozsik Barber
“Singapore Food Festival”
Don’t see your favourite on the list? Point us in the right direction in the comments section below.