If you’re the sort who plans your vacations around food, be sure to check out these top-notch food festivals around Europe and Asia.
SINGAPORE COCKTAIL FESTIVAL
Get a taste of some of the region’s best cocktails at this immersive event that delivers your drinks in various experiential rooms. At the inaugural event held in March 2017, guests enjoyed their tipples in rooms like the Cuts & Booze, inspired by barbershops and hair salons of yesteryear; as well as the Disco Fitness Room, which re-created the kitschy fun of the ’80s replete with disco balls, colourful headbands, and leg warmers. With so many cocktails to discover, you definitely don’t want to drink on an empty stomach: head over to Food Street, located within the Festival Village, which offers a smorgasbord of choices to keep you sated.
BERLIN FOOD WEEK
German cuisine has a reputation for being stodgy, but the dining scene in Berlin is surprisingly vibrant. After all, the capital has more Michelin stars than any other city in Germany. Get a taste of some of the city’s most exciting cuisine at Berlin Food Week, slated for October 2018. Held at the Kaufhaus Jandorf, an old warehouse in Berlin’s central borough of Mitte, this sprawling space offers a chance for foodies to meet and mingle over the latest trends on the food scene. Elsewhere, there will be various culinary events held around the city, including one where selected restaurants present menus specially crafted for Berlin Food Week.
Touted as the “gastronomic Glastonbury”, this much-loved event has grown from a single staging in Edinburgh in 2005 to regional iterations all across the UK, welcoming more than 3 million visitors to date. It is now the UK’s largest food and drink festival, and in 2018, the festival will be held from May to September across various cities in the UK. Indulge in your favourite street food, sample haute cuisine from Michelin-starred chefs and MasterChef winners, and interact with fellow foodies at the numerous workshops held throughout the festival.
MALAYSIA FOOD FESTIVAL
Celebrate the rich and varied food culture of Malaysia at this iconic festival, held in the last quarter of the year. Meet the farmers behind some of your favourite ingredients, take part in cooking demonstrations with top chefs, and of course, eat your way through a wide array of mouthwatering nosh.
HONG KONG WINE & DINE FESTIVAL
Set against the beautiful skyline of Victoria Harbour, this annual festival brings together some of the world’s best wines and food for your enjoyment. Held in October, this ritzy event features exclusive wine tasting sessions, a dazzling array of exquisite delicacies, as well as a chance to sample all the trendiest food in Hong Kong’s vibrant food scene.