Festivals of Flavour: Why food festivals?

People’s newly awakened taste buds are egged on by each other at the food festivals which have sprung up in answer to the new appetite for the organic. Events like The Abergavenny Food Festival and the Michelin starred Taste of London have launched themselves onto the foodie map in recent years to join the likes of the more traditional harvest festivals that have been going on in places like Tuscany and Le Havre for hundreds of years.

Here producers have honed their skills with the seasons and celebrated the uniqueness of their regional bounty. Exotics like white truffles and oysters are some of the most ‘festival-ed’, the Galway and Whitstable events have been steadily growing in popularity over the last decade, and the ancient prestige of Italy’s great truffle fiestas at Alba and San Miniato have only been further heightened by greater civvy interest. Chefs have had their status elevated to celebrity in more than just the kitchen and can now be found presiding over these events, offering tips and treats to the lucky few. These food and harvest festivals are places to learn about great produce and how to pick and cook it, but even better they’re salons of degustation! An opportunity to try some of the most amazing flavours known to man!

P.S. A trip to Preuvenemint, which isn’t even one of the largest festivals, last year left me inspired about food for months, so it’s well worth going farther a field to look for inspiration if you can manage it, it’s surprising how differently people can prepare the same ingredients depending on their heritage!

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