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Food is one of the basic necessities of human being. But in today’s modern civilisation has put food in consumable product so that it changed its status from a necessity to a crazy craving material. The festivals are often stage of happiness and collective enjoyment. Food festivals are the collective enjoyment of persons on consuming or celebrating with food in a tradition of heritage or modern way. This food festival enlisting may be refreshing to the readers or it may be attractive to the food crazy lovers or it may be useful to the competitive exam aspirants as general awareness where we especially look into. Let us discuss the major international food festivals around the world.
La Tomatina Festival – Spain
All started the last Wednesday of August in 1945 when some young people spent the time in the town square to attend the Giants and Big-Heads figures parade. The young boys decided to have a place among the retinue of a parade with musician, Giants and Big-Heads figures. The energy of these young people made that one participant fell off. The participant flew into a fit of rage, started to hit everything in his path. There was a market stall of vegetable that fell victim of the furious crowd: people started to pelt each other with tomatoes until the local forces ended that vegetable battle. The following year, the young people picked a quarrel by their own decision and brought the tomatoes from home. Although the police broke up the early tradition in the following years, the young boys had made history without being conscious about it. La Tomatina was banned in the early 50s, which was not a problem for the participants who were even arrested. But the people spoke and the festivity was again allowed with more participants and more frenetic feelings. The festivity was again cancelled till 1957 when, as a sign of protest, the tomato burial was held. It was a demonstration in which the residents carried a coffin with a huge tomato inside. The parade was accompanied by a music band which played funeral marches and it was totally successful. La Tomatina Festival was finally allowed and became an official festivity. As a result of the report of Javier Basilio, broadcasted in the Spanish Television Program called Informe Semanal, the festivity started to be known in the rest of Spain. Since then, the number of participants increased year after year as well as the excitement about La Tomatina Festival. In 2002, La Tomatina of Buñol was declared Festivity of International Tourist Interest by the Secretary Deparment of Tourism due to its success.
La Tomatina Festival happens annually during the last wednesday of August. Takes place in Buñol, a little village near Valencia, Spain. Population around 10.000 people. Located 40 km from Valencia by bus, train or car. Tomatina Festival begins at 12am with a bang. Trucks loaded of tomatoes proceed to drive through the fight area while some locals in the back of the trucks are throwing tomatoes at all of the festival goers. As soon as the truck passes, everyone dives on the ground scooping for tomatoes to get themselves armed for the battle…that’s when the fun begins! The following hour will be one of the most intense and hilarious experiences of your life.
Chinchilla Melon Festival – Australia
In true Aussie fashion, the Chinchilla Melon Festival started in 1994 to lift the spirits of a drought-stricken community. Chinchilla is known as the ‘Melon Capital’ of Australia and Melonfest celebrates all things melon. Initially, the festival was only planned as a one-off event, but it became such a hit with locals that it is now held biennially. Over the years, the festival has grown and attracts visitors from all over Queensland according to Chinchilla Melon festival Secretary Tania Thorton. The festival is entirely run by volunteers from the community and Ms Thorton said businesses and community groups love to get involved. The Chinchilla melon festival 2021 has been cacenlled due to the endangered Covid 19 risks it raises.
Battle of Oranges – Italy
The origin of the so-called Battle of the Oranges dates back to medieval times and is said to commemorate the day the townsfolk were liberated from the harsh rule of an evil duke. The legend goes that the miller’s daughter, Violetta, cut off the duke’s head when he tried to claim his right to sleep with young brides on their wedding night. This led the town to rise up and burn down the duke’s castle. Once a year, in the run-up to Shrove Tuesday, the citizens of the old medieval town of Ivrea, in Italy, gather in the main square to hurl oranges at each other. Shrove Tuesday is the battle represents the struggle between the supporters of the duke and those of Violetta.
Waikiki SPAM JAM – Hawaii
It’s the annual Waikiki SPAM JAM®, a cultural tradition in Hawaii, and rated as one of the top annual food festivals in Hawaii. The Waikiki SPAM JAM®, which starts at 4:00 p.m. and ends at 10:00 p.m., is one of the most popular festivals in Hawaii because of its great food and entertainment in a family-friendly atmosphere. Local residents and visitors alike have made this an annual tradition. Last year, an estimated 35,000 people attended the event.
Galway Oyster Festival – Europe
It is the oldest oyster festival in the world and the most internationally recognised Irish festival after St Patrick’s Day. Deemed one of Europe’s longest-running food extravaganzas, the Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival was launched in September 1954 by Brian Collins, the manager of the Great Southern Hotel (now called Hotel Meyrick). It has been described by the Sunday Times as “one of the 12 greatest shows on earth” and was listed in the AA Travel Guide one of Europe’s Seven Best Festivals. The Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival is held on the very last weekend in September to celebrate Galway’s rich annual oyster harvest (in season from September – April). It was originally organised in conjunction with Paddy Burke’s Bar in Clarenbridge but moved into the city centre of Galway in the 80’s. Growing ever since, The Irish and World Oyster Opening or ‘shucking’ Championships are held during the festival, as well as top class entertainment, street parades, seafood trails, celebrated hospitality and the start of many new friendships.
Menton Lemon Festival – France
The Menton Lemon Festival runs on the little town of Menton in France on the French Riviera in every February. The 2021 festival has been cancelled and postponed to 2022 and thus the festival is going to be held after the gap of 2 years. Since 1928 it is organized by the Menton Tourist Board. After the Carnival of Nice at French Riviera it is one of the largest wintry event there.
Maine Lobster Festival – USA
The Maine Lobster Festival is indeed one of Maine’s premier summer events and is recognized nationally. It all began at a gathering of a group of citizens and summer folk in March 1947, where a discussion arose as to what could be done about reviving the summer activities that Camden had prior to the war years. It was decided that having a marine festival of some sort would be appropriate. Having it become an annual affair was intentional from the beginning. The festival is held every year on the first weekend in August. It was suggested that it was time the Maine lobster and the Maine lobster fishermen came into their own. On that basis, the Camden-Rockport Lobster Festival was conceived as being the logical type of festival for this area. Upon deciding to do this, a non-profit organization known as the Camden-Rockport Lobster Festival Inc. was formed. The 2021 Maine Lobster Festival has been cancelled due to COVID-19 and has been hopefully be conducted on 2022.
Alba Truffle Festival – Italy
It is one of the most celebrated food festivals in Italy. The main attraction or star of the festival is one of the rarest and costly cooking ingredients in the world that is truffle. The Alba White truffle is famous and there is a lot of varieties for that also. The truffle tastes some kind of wine and cooks some kind of mushrooms. The truffle hunters collect and serves in varieties during the festival. The festival is usually held from October 10 to December 8 with a duration of 8 weeks.
Foods are always a great matter of concern for each and every individual in the world. Some are living for eating and others are eating for living. Among them there are so many people who lost their lives due to the lack of eating. The event of all these food festivals can be described in various purposes like celebrating the craziness over the food or celebrating the heritage and culture of a land or some epic remembrances. Travel the globe for the real live experiences of all these. If you haven’t got much money and job study with Entri using this current general awareness and earn a job save some money and travel. Keep studying and keep winning.