It is not just us Indians who love food. Food customs and traditions are deeply embedded in most of the countries. In fact, every country has its own signature dish and while some dishes you may think is normal consume; there are some dishes that you may think is just plain weird. For example, Vietnamese eating puppies and Chinese eating monkey brains. But what if we tell you there are countries that host specific food item’s food festival? We are not talking about street food festival where you can try a different variety of street food but how about aloo festival where people just consume aloo? These are extremely popular food festivals you must check out.
Let’s explore the craziness behind these festivals. We bet you these are some of the most weird things which you are going to read today.
#1 Gilroy Garlic Festival
The unofficial Garlic capital of the World, Gilroy is a city in California, USA. The city grows so much garlic that you will know you are about to enter Gilroy when in California. Every year, the city hosts Garlic festival which is attended by approximately 1,00,000 visitors. Around two and a half tons of garlic is consumed during the festival. You can try garlic ice cream, garlic milk shake and anything and everything made with garlic.
#2 Bug Eating Festival
Bug Eating Festival is one of the contemporary and popular food festivals of United States of America. The festival is celebrated every year at Zilker Park, Austin, Texas. If you are a big fan of creepy crawlies, then this is the place for you. You can pretty much have a bite of any insects.
#3 Waikiki Spam Jam
Hawaii’s population may be smaller compared to other states in the US but Hawaii’s SPAM consumption beats other states. Even a Spam Jam (festival) is held every year where chefs prepare special dishes made from SPAM.
#4 Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival
The main attraction in Central Florida is the Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival which takes place every year in January. Thousands of people from all over the world come to be a part of this weird festival. In a span of four days, the people consume 5000 lbs of frog legs. This town secured a place in Guinness World Records for its weird festival.
#5 The Snail Eating Festival
Every year in the last week of May in the Spanish City of Lleida, the festival goes on for three consecutive days. The people’s undying love for cooked snails is being celebrated every year in the form of this grand festival. Around 12 tons of snails are prepared every year during this festival and for the last few years, people from the other European countries also come to visit during this popular food festivals.
Were not these festivals crazy? Yes, obviously. These were some of the most popular food festivals from around the world. The theme and the culture are all dependent on the beliefs of the people and the country. These festivals are also much awaited.