The weirdest Food Festival around the world
In this article this week we are going to have a look to some of the most weirdest Food Festival around the world. Every year, in fact, there are many feasts or festivals that are devoted to food. Here are the most bizarre and interesting.
- Friday, 16 May 2014
The first is called: the "Tomatina"
It is a festival that takes place in Brunol, a small town about 50 kilometres from Valencia, in Spain, in August.
“Tomatina” is a festival that is quite "recent". Was born by chance, by some young people who one day, started to throwing against each other some tomatoes, taked from the market of the small city center. The police intervened and the fight ended but a year later, the same young men find themselves in the same place of the previous year, this time with whole tomatoes boxes to start the battle again. This weird battle became so popular that now each August of every year hundreds of people are taking part to this particular and funny event
Battle of the oranges d'Ivrea
One of the most famous “fighting” that Italians know well is the one that takes place every year in Ivrea, Piedmont, during the last three days of Carnival week, called “battaglia delle arance”. This battle has really ancient origins and it seems that it was created to remember the ancient medieval Street parties. The battle takes place with teams of people "on the ground" and teams of people on various floats with padding and masks to shield their faces from the shots who arrives fast and powerful. Only men above the floats can wear protective gear for body and face, while people walking (in theory) cannot have any protection from the Orange shots that reach them. A Commission is appointed to keep an eye on the competition and assign points up for grabs. Winner is the team who gets the majority of points.
In the Greek town of Galaxidi, to mark the end of Carnival and the beginning of lent, Orthodox citizens are used to fighting a battle with ... flour. The preparations for this Festival requires,for example, to put few drops of food coloring in flour sacks, to distinguish them from the others, or painting faces with pieces of coal, like real warriors. Even local authorities used to cover all the historical buildings or monuments that they don't want to be ruined, with large plastic tarpaulins. At the end of the Festival, there are people who leap directly into the sea to wash away all the flour or people who prefer to finish the day drinking a beer in one of the city's pubs. The watchword? Put on a pair of swimming goggles and a scarf to avoid being blinded and breathe the flour at first shot!
Cheese Rolling Race
The cheese rolling race held annually during the first Spring Bank Holiday, in the village of Brockworth, near Gloucester, England. The race consist in launching a form of Double Gloucester cheese down a steep slope and racing behind it to catch it (but is very difficult as the speed that the cheese can take down can be very high). At the beginning, The Feast was born only for the inhabitants of the country, but then slowly became famous in all the world, so much that in the last edition two of the four races were won one by an American and one by a Japanese guys.
The Garlic Festival takes place every year in the United States in a small town called Gilroy (hence the name), in California and takes place usually in July. It draws more than 100,000 people and here all specialities made with garlic are welcome: toast with garlic, garlic ice cream, garlic fries, and many other street foods await you if you want to take part in this extremely weird festival. It is estimated that every year about 2.5 tons of garlic are consumed during the festival. Vampires, of course, are not allowed.
Giant omelette Festival
According to legend, when Napoleon and his Army crossed the South of France, decided to rest for the night near the town of Bessieres. Napoleon decided to dine with an omelette prepared by a local hotelier who pleased him so much that he ordered to the citizens of the village to gather all the available eggs to prepare a giant omelette for his army the next day. In 1984, three members of the Alveville Chamber of Commerce participated in the Easter Festival of Bessieres, where the homelette was made for the occasion. They decided then to export the ancient tradition of preparing this giant omelette in their town (usually in November) who also became a symbol of fraternity and friendship, as at the end of the preparation, everyone can eat one piece. Trivia: the omelet is prepared with about 5000 eggs.