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The world's best food and wine events 
By Anna Sarjeant. 


Pizzafest in Naples
ITALY

IF YOU’RE BORDERLINE addicted to pizza, don’t worry, you’re not alone. The good folk of Naples invented this globally- loved dish, and they’re so obsessed with it they made a festival in its honour. Pizzafest is a seven day celebration of all things pizza, held every year and attracting over 50 Neapolitan pizzerias and 500,000 visitors. Every night the city’s Lungomare Caracciolo region transforms into Pizza Village complete with pizza stalls, stands and jubilant pizzaioli (pizza chefs) coaxing you in with their dough throwing and smooth Italian personas. Over the course of a week, they will collectively serve over 10,000 pizzas, culminating in the acclaimed World Pizza-Making Championships where the winner of the world’s best pizza is announced. From classic Napolitana to Margherita and Marinara, the title is anyone’s for the taking. In fact, the winner of the festival’s first competition was a Japanese-inspired creation. If you like the idea of Pizzafest but would prefer the camaraderie of a tour group, why not go with a small group tour? You’re granted daily evening access to Pizza Village for tastings, demonstrations and a good old yarn with the world’s greatest pizza chefs. Daytimes are filled with trips to Pompeii for historical wonders and Sorrento, to learn how Limoncello is made on a traditional Sorrento lemon farm. It really is the best of Italy, all day and well into the night. 

Pizza



January – The Taste of Tasmania
Tasmania, you tasty so-and-so, you. 
The height of summer calls for an ice-cream churned by the scoop-sperts (gelato scooping experts) at Taste of Tasmania. Or a long summer’s lunch perhaps? Fronting Hobart's sun-soaked waterfront enjoy gourmet demonstrations, food workshops and plenty of eating.  

February – Toronto Tea Festival 
Don't be shy, give it a chai 
We've read your tea leaves and it predicts you'll be attending the largest festival for tea lovers next February. The Toronto Tea Festival is held annually and brings together brewers and brands for a tea-riffic time. 

March - La Vendimia, The Wine and Pisco Festival 
Peru’s grapest celebration of all
Coinciding with grape harvest, La Vendimia is celebrated across Peru to celebrate wine and pisco-making traditions, however it’s most prominent in the south. Head to Ica for grape stomping, folk music, fireworks and feasts. 

Pisco Sour



April – Noosa Vegan Festival
Veg out!
Veg events are in. Fact. And Australia, home to the third-fastest growing vegan market in the world, knows how to put on a plant parade. Noosa Vegan Festival debuted in 2018, with stalls, speakers, wine tasting, cooking demos and the latest vegan products.

May - Noosa Food and Wine Festival
Still in Noosa, but this month there’s meat
Noosa's food festival is always a pleasure because they do such a fine job at keeping taste buds titillated. From food trails and farm tours to breakfast on the beach and over 50 winemakers, the set-up is as inventive as the food on your plate. And all this to a stunning Noosa Beach backdrop.                                                                                                    

June – Haro Wine Festival
Get ready for a Spanish wine fight  
Every year, Haro, deep in Spain’s Rioja region hosts a multi-day wine festival. At night, the cobblestone roads erupt into a huge street party, and at dawn, the ‘wine battle’ commences. A water fight of sorts, vessels of every variety are filled with red wine and thrown at fellow revellers.  

Red Wine



July - Gilroy Garlic Festival
California’s riskiest kiss
Between the cooking comps and chef demos, sits Gourmet Alley. An enormous outdoor kitchen where vendors cook up garlic shrimps, pasta, breads, and in previous years, a questionable garlic ice-cream. The aroma of garlic sizzling on skillets is borderline inebriating.

August - The Maine Lobster Festival, USA
It’s cray cray!
Five glorious days to enjoy a slap-up lobster dinner, but also the perfect excuse to visit Maine’s busiest fishing port just 90-minutes north of Portland. With a Ferris wheel, races, parades and pageants, the lobsters are almost outshined.

September - Marathon du Médoc
A marathon worth training for
The annual Marathon du Médoc is a 26-mile "race" through Bordeaux’ Médoc vineyards, with 23 wine stops en route. There's also cheese, musical breaks and oyster tasting to keep your spirits up. Most partakers cross the line six hours later - on their knees and giggling.  

Marathon-du-Médoc_France

October - Hawaii Food and Wine Festival
So much more than Hawaiian pizza
Three weekends of gourmet events across multiple exotic islands, Hawaii’s annual food festival attracts 10,000 attendees and 150 chefs. Chow down on various tropical tastes on Oahu, Maui and the Island of Hawai‘i.

November – Hong Kong Great November Feast
A food-fest and dim sum
Start stretching your stomach now. This one's a month-long line-up of gourmet food and drink events scattered citywide. From oodles of noodles to wine and whiskey walks, your belly says book now.

December York Christmas Festival
Dreaming of a white Christmas
Every November through to December, York’s medieval streets transform into a festive playground. With ice-rinks and Christmas markets, mulled wine flows and just-baked mince pies sit in every tea shop window.  

Christmas


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