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Held in Grant Park, Chicago, the Taste of Chicago has more than 200 different menu items across pop-up restaurants and food trucks. Photo: iStockphoto
Held in Grant Park, Chicago, the Taste of Chicago has more than 200 different menu items across pop-up restaurants and food trucks. Photo: iStockphoto

Food-trotting the globe in July

From beer festivals in Germany and England to one of the biggest food festivals in Chicago

Taste of Chicago

Chicago, US | 9–13 July

Popularly known as ‘‘The Taste", this is one of the biggest food festivals in the world. Held in Grant Park, Chicago, this huge outdoor food fest has more than 200 different menu items across pop-up restaurants and food trucks, celebrating Chicago’s diverse culinary scene. Celebrity chefs and cooking demos are a part of this event. Entry to the event is free, but food and beverage tickets need to be purchased for various events. Live music and children’s activities make this a fun family event.

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Finger Lakes wine festival

Watkins Glen, New York, US | 11–13 July

The Finger Lakes district is a bio-region in upstate New York. This is the largest wine-producing region in New York State with over 100 wineries and vineyards located around the lakes. The Finger Lakes Wine Festival showcases the vineyards in New York State with over 80 wineries paired with regional artisans, live music, culinary classes and cooking demonstrations. Culinary classes and outdoor cooking demos are few of the other programmes that are a part of the festival. Free wine and cheese samplers, discounts on wine, and fireworks, live music are what the event promises to add to an already beautiful tourist destination.

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California wine festival

Santa Barbara, California, US | 17-19 July

The 11th edition of this event kicks off with an evening of Spanish music, flamenco dancing and tapas paired with fine Californian wines. The following two days involve various kinds of ticketed events such as sunset rare and reserved tasting, beachside wine festival and so on.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online at a discount over the gate prices.

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Kent Beer festival

Canterbury, UK | 17-19 July

This is a part of CAMRA, or the Campaign for Real Ale. Real ale is traditionally produced beer, conditioned in a cask and not subjected to pasteurization or filtration. The live yeast present in the beer gives it a full flavour and sparkle.

The festival showcases over 120 real ales, and in addition to this several real ciders and foreign beers. The unusual beers run out pretty quickly, so make sure you check the beer list on their website and order the top ales! There’s also a camping facility at the festival grounds.

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Gladmat festival

Stavanger, Norway | 23-26 July

Gladmat is Scandinavia’s largest food event with around 250,000 visitors attending each year. Bringing consumers and food producers under one roof, it’s a fantastic opportunity to taste the local produce and ingredients, discover new food products and culinary trends. The cooking lessons covering a range of cuisines and specialties are also a popular draw.

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Open air beer fest

Bonn, Germany | 25–27 July

It’s not like Germany needs an excuse to drink beer, but Bonner Bierbörse is into its 19th year. This annual beer drinking festival in Germany is held over the last weekend of July. Eighty beer wholesalers selling around 700 beers from around the world occupy the festival grounds, which is a leisure park in Bonn-Bad Godesberg. International music bands performing on the open-air stage provide a musical backdrop to the beer guzzlers.

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A doctor turned nutritional consultant, culinary trainer, food writer and columnist, who’s learning to grow the foods she likes to eat, Nandita Iyer lives in Bangalore and is mom to a five-year-old gourmand son.

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