Craziest food festivals sound like a joke topic, but once you start looking into it you’ll realise they’re everywhere – the crazier, the better. When you’re planning your gap year, try to fit one of these gastronomic fiestas into your itinerary. I mean, who doesn’t want a selfie knee deep in tomatoes in some obscure Spanish town? So let’s dig in, shall we?

Food is one of the great pleasures in life, so make the most of it with these food festivals from around the world.

Hawaii Food & Wine Festival – Honolulu, Hawaii

Hawaii is a state that has beautiful weather, a unique culture, and delicious food. For foodies that want to take a trip to the islands and taste some delicious local cuisine, attending the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival is definitely a bucket list must! This festival isn’t a single festival. There are multiple events that take place all over the Hawaiian Islands throughout the month of October.

Rabechilbi Richterswil

Rabechilbi Richterswil happens in November in Switzerland. Locals cut and carve turnips into different shapes, insert candles like a jack-o’-lantern, and parade them through the Richterswil, Zurich.

The night apparently honors the churchgoers of the 1850s who lit the way to the chapel by walking with their twinkling turnips.

Dubai Food Festival

The Dubai Food Festival runs for three weeks starting from late February till late march annually. The Dubai Food Festival is a chance to eat and drink as if you were living the expat life in this dazzling Middle Eastern city. Some of Dubai‘s buzziest restaurants offer set-price restaurant week menus for dinner reservations, while the Beach Canteen, the festival’s main venue, features a stage for live music and events plus dozens of food stalls, food trucks, even vintage Airstream campers selling everything from poke bowls and fried chicken and waffles to Turkish kababs.

Chinchilla Melon Festival

Big ones, small ones, round ones and juicy ones – no matter what kind you like you’ll find a melon for you in Chinchilla.

As the melon capital of Australia it celebrates its love of the refreshing fruit/vegetable by holding a four-day celebration each February, including the Melon Ironman competition – water melon skiing, pip spitting, melon races, and melon bungie.

Ivrea Orange Festival

Isn’t it interesting to know that people in such festival play with fruits?  The Spanish aren’t alone in flinging their food – the Italians in Ivrea do the same with the annual Battle of the Oranges. They throw oranges at each other and have great fun!

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