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.

Aug 20, 2013
  • dish from World Gourmet Festival in Bangkok, Italy
  • People eating at Sydney's Good Food Month event
  • white truffles
  • Vegas Uncork’d in Las Vegas, Nevada
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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. Miguel Laffan, Paco Perez and Vito Mollica are just a few of the distinguished chefs who will dine with attendees in 2013. The event we’re most looking forward to? Chef Roger van Damme’s five-course dinner menu comprising only desserts and wine.
Photography courtesy Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
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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 (excluding 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.
Photography Daniel Mahon
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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 flock to the small Italian town of Alba. The reason? Truffles. But these aren’t 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 iStock
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Vegas Uncork’d, Las Vegas, Nevada
We recently brought you gourmet highlights from this annual bash, hosted by Bon Appétit, which brings out the food industry’s biggest stars for four jam-packed days in May. 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

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!”
—Danielle Morgan

“In Chicago!”
—Jorge Paez

“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

“Netherlands”
—Amr Taye’a

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

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