5 food festivals around the world every traveller needs to indulge in

5 food festivals around the world every traveller needs to indulge in

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Text: Janice Sim

From magical Christmas markets to coffee festivals, we are marking these tantalising events down

You can't actually say you've explored a foreign city, until you have tasted the local food. It's one of the best, most satisfying ways you can experience the local culture. So what better way to do so than attending a homegrown food festival? Often, they offer a true taste of a destination's diversity, culinary magic of local chefs, talented mixologists, as well as wine and beer connoisseurs. Courtesy of Etihad Airways, here are five outstanding ones, in case you were feeling uninspired about your travel plans.

Savour Kilkenny
Where: Dublin, Ireland
When: 25 October - 29 October 2018

Savour Kilkenny is truly a festival for all food lovers out there. Set against the backdrop of the beautiful medieval city of Kilkenny, in Ireland's South East, Savour brings together local and national top-quality food produce, interactive demos and masterclasses with award-winning chefs, quirky dining events, beer and wine tasting, live entertainment, and of course a bustling market over the Halloween Bank Holiday weekend. 

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Salon du Chocolat
Where: Paris, France
When: 31 October - 4 November 2018

The international chocolate industry's annual trade fair is a must-visit for all chocolate lovers around the globe. Each year, over 500 participants from 60 countries (including more than 200 famous chefs and pâtissiers) take part in the fair. Visitors can go for chocolate tastings, attend pastry workshops and book signings. Other than showcasing chocolate samples from five continents, the food fest also features various unique events like chocolate fashion show, chocolate sculpture contest and live performances by cocoa-producing countries.

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Where: Zurich, Switzerland
When: 22 November - 23 December 2018

Zurich adores Christmas, and it's a truly lovely experience to wander through the city's many Christmas markets and feast on local delights and warm beverages. Wienachtsdorf (might be a mouthful to word out) but it's one of the most fascinating Christmas markets. It's held in Sechseläutenplatz, Zurich each year and is backed by the spectacular setting of Zurich's Opera House and within a short distance to the lake. More than one hundred cottages gather together to form a village that invites you to browse, shop, feast and dwell, creating an unforgettable holiday culinary experience. 

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Barcelona Carnival
Where: Barcelona, Spain
When: 28 Feburary - 6 March 2019

This week-long carnival is Barcelona's equivalent of Mardi-Gras (Fat Tuesday)! It's a historical tradition that has taken place on the streets of the city since the 16th century. The carnival is a time for parades, fancy dress and lots of fun and laughter. Starting with "Fat Thurday", the first day of the carnival where you'll find an abundance of food markets all over the city, you may catch a glimpse of the 'Arrival of the King' during the carnival as well. Taking place each year in the run-up to Ash Wednesday, it is both a religious celebration and a popular party that is definitely worth your visit.

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The London Coffee Festival 
Where: London, England
When: 28 March - 31 March 2019

Returning in 2019, the London Coffee Festival is UK's largest coffee and artisan food event, embracing London's bustling coffee scene and its creative lifestyle. It is an unmissable event for discerning coffee aficionados and those working in the industry. The London Coffee Festival is a celebration of London's vibrant coffee culture featuring gourmet coffee, specialty tea, artisan food, demonstrations from world-class baristas, live music and a comprehensive 'lab' seminar programme that will educate even the keenest of coffee lovers. Undoubtedly, the flagship event of UK Coffee Week. 

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