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Food Festival

A food festival is a festival, that uses food, often produce, as its central theme. These festivals have always been a means of uniting communities through celebrations of harvests and giving thanks for a plentiful growing season.

History

Food Festivals throughout the world are often based in the traditional farming techniques, seasons Food festivals are related to food culture of an area, whether through the preparation of food served or the time period in which the festival is celebrated. Food festivals are considered strengthening agents for local cultural heritage, and simultaneously celebrate this cultural heritage while also commodifying it for a broader national or international audience.[1] While historically aligned with culturally significant food harvesting periods, contemporary food festivals are usually associated with businesses entities or nonprofit organizations and engage a great deal of marketing for their festivals, since their success is measured off how much revenue they generate for the local community, region, or entity putting on the event.[2] Modern food festivals are also a large part of the food tourism industry, which uses food festivals and regional cuisine to support the broader tourism industry of a particular locality.[1]

Food Tourism

Food festivals are quickly becoming part of a vast food tourism industry. Food tourism itself has become an important part of the tourism industry worldwide, and the presence of food festivals shown to support local industry development.[3] Food festivals are an important part of destination branding for many regions, creating an event-based reason for individuals to visit otherwise unattractive localities and promote local products and services outside of an urban product environment.[3] Several case studies have shown that food festivals can potentially improve social sustainability while also heavily supporting the tourism and hospitality industries.[4] Food tourism is also an important reason why people attend food festivals around the world.[5] Studies have shown that engagement with food tourism indicates that an individual will attend festivals again in the future, indicating a cooperative element to food tourism and food festival attendance.

List of food and drink festivals

Africa

Oceania

North America

Canada

See List of food festivals in Canada.

Mexico

United States

There are several Florida food festivals and New Jersey food festivals. Other festivals include 626 Night Market in Arcadia, California; Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California; Brentwood Cornfest in Brentwood, California; Mushroom Festivals in various locales; the Castroville Artichoke Festival, in Castroville, California; the Stockton Asparagus Festival, in Stockton, California; the ¡Latin Food Festival! in San Diego, California; the Lexington Barbecue Festival in North Carolina; the Posen Potato Festival, in Posen, Michigan; the Norwalk Oyster Festival, in Norwalk, Connecticut, Vaisakhi Festival at Yuba City, and the Howell Melon Festival in Howell, Michigan, known for electing the Howell Melon Queen.

Vegetarian food festivals include VegFests in Boston, Massachusetts; Salt Lake City, Utah; and San Francisco, California; Seattle, Washington; including the premier Boston Vegetarian Food Festival in autumn, an event originally copied from the then already longstanding Toronto Vegetarian Food Fair in Toronto, Ontario. The List of vegetarian festivals includes hundreds of such events in North America, and hundreds elsewhere, also.

Asia

Festival name Type Country/city Since Notes
Jakarta Fashion & Food Festival Indonesia Indonesia
Thapar Food Festival India India
Osho Monsoon Festival festival India India
Qatar International Food Festival festival Qatar Qatar 2009

South America

Festival name Type Country/city Since Notes
Festival de comida de rua Fortaleza festival Brazil Brasil / Fortaleza
Festival de comida de rua São Paulo festival Brazil Brazil / São Paulo
Mistura festival Peru Peru / Lima 2008 the largest food festival in Latin America. Held annually.

Europe

Italy

Spain

Switzerland

  • The Räbechilbi turnip festival is held annually in September.
  • A cheese festival is held in Gruyére in May.

United Kingdom

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Kim, Sangkyun (2015-10-02). "Understanding the Historical and Geographical Contexts of Food Festival Tourism Development: The Case of the Tatebayashi Noodle Grand Prix in Japan". Tourism Planning & Development. 12 (4): 433-446. doi:10.1080/21568316.2015.1025991. ISSN 2156-8316.
  2. ^ Wu, Hung-Che; Wong, Jose Weng-Chou; Cheng, Ching-Chan (2014-11-02). "An Empirical Study of Behavioral Intentions in the Food Festival: The Case of Macau". Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research. 19 (11): 1278-1305. doi:10.1080/10941665.2013.844182. ISSN 1094-1665.
  3. ^ a b Lee, Insun; Arcodia, Charles (July 2011). "The Role of Regional Food Festivals for Destination Branding: The Role of Regional Food Festivals for Destination Branding". International Journal of Tourism Research. 13 (4): 355-367. doi:10.1002/jtr.852.
  4. ^ de Jong, Anna; Varley, Peter (2018-08-13). "Food tourism and events as tools for social sustainability?" (PDF). Journal of Place Management and Development. 11 (3): 277-295. doi:10.1108/JPMD-06-2017-0048. ISSN 1753-8335.
  5. ^ Chang, Meehyang; Kim, Jung-Hoon; Kim, Daecheol (2018-10-01). "The Effect of Food Tourism Behavior on Food Festival Visitor's Revisit Intention". Sustainability. 10 (10): 3534. doi:10.3390/su10103534. ISSN 2071-1050.

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