3 perfect European food festivals
Aside from being an essential for life, food, and cooking generally, occupies a unique space in human culture. It has something that we have developed way beyond the basic necessity that food began as, to something which we can say we truly enjoy. But, beyond that, it’s also something we celebrate - a cornerstone of television schedules, social lives, and a major industry.
But, at a smaller scale, cooking is a major hobby for a lot of people. Millions get a great deal of enjoyment and satisfaction from creating a scrumptious meal entirely from scratch and seeing the pleased reactions of their family and friends as they savour and devour it. They enjoy trying a range of specialities from around the world and putting their own twist on well known and classic recipes.
And for all of those who enjoy cooking as a hobby food festivals are a major part of their calendar. These events can be very varied and different but all share a celebration of food - in whatever form - and those who make it. They often include demonstrations from celebrities, master classes, family activities, tasting sessions, and opportunities for buying premium foods and ingredients for use at home.
If you’re into cooking, you might be interested in attending one of the many food festivals that take place across Europe each year, celebrating all manner of food, ingredients and cultures. Here are 3 food festivals that should try not to miss this year. These are not necessarily the biggest or the most famous, but are food festivals with a lot of quality opportunities on offer for any budding chef!
The foodies festival takes all of the best elements of a good food festival and makes sure people across the country can attend, holding events nationally over the course of the summer meaning there’s sure to be a foodies festival that you can attend. The festival includes MasterChef and Bake Off winners, as well as celebrity and local chefs, giving live masterclasses along with delicious taster dishes from pop-up restaurants and street food.
The foodies festival is one of the biggest and best food festivals in Europe, combining all of the best food festival elements, including talks and masterclasses from British MasterChef and Bake Off winners, as well as celebrity and local chefs, taster sessions and pop-up restaurants and street food. The festival takes place in the form of countless events held across the UK all summer, so if you live in Britain, or on a visit, you’re sure to find a foodies event near you!
Chocoa Chocolate Festival
Chocoa Chocolate Festival is a two day festival in February set in the heart of Amsterdam focused entirely around - as the name suggests - chocolate! It features more than 85 stands that will teach you the process of making chocolate, give you the chance to taste new flavours, and experience pairings with wine, coffee and craft beer. The festival also features presentations from renowned chocolate experts so you’re sure to come away enlightened, and with a belly full of tasty chocolate!
Copenhagen Cooking and Food Festival
Held between late August and early September, the Copenhagen Cooking and Food Festival is a ten-day celebration of Copenhagen’s thriving food industry and Denmark’s rich cooking tapestry. Each year, more than 90,000 attend the huge event and enjoy social events, workshops, debates, seasonal cooking and demonstrations and talks from local chefs and celebrities.