Trendy food Festivals in September

By Sergio González | 10:45

September is the right time to dig into food festivals

A lonely foodie is a sad foodie. They call it partake of food because sharing your meals with other food lovers is way better. And if you discover new ingredients and learn some cooking along your new friends, you may find yourself in foodie heaven. Today, we are getting our noses into the rage of food festivals in UK, a still-pretty-unknown wine harvest festival in Spain and a foraging feast in the USA. 

Paleo (lithic) diet is news this year. According to Google Trends, it was the most looked up diet in Spring 2013. Paleo diet is based on having (mainly) food that was only available for our most distant ancestors, and foragers have their very own food festivals in September.

The most important wild food festival will be happening in Portland, Oregon. In a digital world, cooking with the same wild untouched flavors cavemen enjoyed is becoming a trend, and Oregon’s bounty has plenty to offer. During four days, starting Septemeber 19th, Portland Feast will attract chefs from all over the country that will show what’s going on with the American food revolution.

Not in September, but a very interesting option for paleo diet fans is Really Wild Festival in Wales; foraging as fun and delicious as you never imagined.

UK may not be cooking the most famous gastronomy in the world, but when it comes to food festivals, they are simply outstanding. Food attitude in the UK is currently under a huge revolution and is finally becoming the thing it has to be. The popularity of food festivals is just the Brits experimenting and discovering new produce and cooking techniques. 

Abergavenny Food Festival is the perfect example. Founded by two local farmers in 1999, it was attended by nearly 40,000 people in 2012. The festival that ‘The Guardian’ compares to Cannes is all about food crafts and live demonstrations of the best food Wales has to offer. From 20th to 22th September, everyone who is anyone will be there, starting by popular TV chef Rick Stein on Friday.

In September, if you travel the British countryside, you have many chances to find a good food festival happening in a little village, like the herring festival in Clovelly, Devon, or the independent Ludow Food Festival. Totally worth a detour.

If you are looking for a food festival that’s also a feast, you should attend Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival. It’s a 10-day-long dream.

Ludow Food Festival by its famous castle

September is the time to harvest summer crops and that includes delicious grapes, and the even better wine we’ll be making with it. La Rioja, one of the most important wine lands in the world, is celebrating the traditional wine harvest at the end of the month, and San Mateos are the festivals that honor it all.

It’s not actually a food festival but a sort of wine festival, where city’s fountains are supplied with actual wine instead of water during a week, that begins with the traditional stomping of the grapes. Bulls are to San Fermines as wine is to San Mateos, so if you are no longer in your twenties, grab a glass and join the party. The tapas streets in the Old Town of Logroño will change your life, and you’ll also discover how ‘churros’ are meant to be. 

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