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7 Tasty Food Festivals

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by Laura Mason | @masonlazarus Tue October 08, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Is food your religion? Is going to Whole Foods like sojourning to Mecca? Or are you just really, really hungry? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this list is for you. Dig in!

Melbourne Food & Wine Festival (Australia)

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For more than 20 years, Australia’s cultural (and arguably, foodie) capital has hosted a 20-day festival celebrating the best cuisine down under.

 

Aspen Food & Wine Classic (Colorado, US)

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This could be considered the top food event in the U.S. Beyond the cooking demonstrations and wine tastings, Aspen has the best panel of food experts on the planet.

 

Galway Oyster Festival (Ireland)

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If you’re allergic to shellfish, or squeamish when it comes to mollusks, you should probably find yourself a different festival.  But if you're believer in the magical marriage of bivalves and beer, get on the Oyster Trail, where every pint of Guinness comes with free oysters.  

 

Taste of Chicago (Illinois, US)

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There are few festivals that attract more people than Taste of Chicago. Two million visitors attend this annual summer event, which offers local favorites like Chicago-style pizza and Eli’s Cheesecake.

 

Maine Lobster Festival (Maine, US)

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More than 20,000 pounds of lobster are eaten at this festival that feels like a downhome county fair. There’s a parade, a sea goddess coronation, and even fun food races.

 

Truffle Festival (Italy)

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The small Piedmontese town of Alba hosts an annual festival in the fall when the white truffle season begins. There’s an invitation-only truffle auction with some of the best chefs on the planet.

 

Roadkill Cook-Off (West Virginia, US)

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Looking for a food fest that's a little more adventurous? How about armadillos and roadrunners? Bonus: stick around long enough and you may even get to see them crown Little Miss Roadkill.

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