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.
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!”
“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.