8 Food and Drink Festivals That Are Worth The Trip

Taylored Tours specializes in planning travel and tours, “taylored” to your taste…perfect for foodies, libation lovers, and seasoned adventurers alike.

If you travel in search of the best bite or the most delicious sip, what could be better than an entire festival dedicated to food or drink? Mark your calendars for these eight can’t-miss global festivals that are definitely worth a plane ticket alone.

Bordeaux Wine Festival

Bordeaux Wine Festival • Bordeaux, France

Held every summer along the beautiful Bordeaux waterfront, the Bordeaux Wine Festival (Fête le Vin) has become the leading wine tourism event in Europe. Attendees can sip and savor wine from all over Bordeaux (the largest wine growing area in France) and the Nouvelle Aquitaine region. During four days of tastings, discover vineyards, taste spectacular wine and food, and enjoy live performances as several major French cities are invited to join in the event. June 22, 2022 – June 25, 2022

Maine Lobster Festival

Maine Lobster Festival • Rockland, Maine

Lobster lovers won’t want to miss Maine’s main festival dedicated to lobster, held every August in Rockland, Maine. Attendees can spend five days feasting on the freshest Maine lobster, as well as enjoying cooking demonstrations, entertainment, carnival rides and local craftsmen and artists. All proceeds from the fest are donated to Midcoast Maine communities, so you can feel good about chowing down on that tenth lobster! August 3 – August 7, 2022.


The Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival • Galway, Ireland

Welcome to the oldest oyster festival in the world and the most internationally recognised Irish festival after St Patrick’s Day. Deemed one of Europe’s longest-running food extravaganzas, the Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival is a must for oyster lovers. The Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival is held on the very last weekend in September to celebrate Galway’s rich annual oyster harvest (in season from September – April). The 2022 festival will be held over the weekend of September 23rd.


Oktoberfest • Munich, Germany

Held every year since 1810, Munich’s Oktoberfest is the largest and most well-known beer and folk festival in the world. For two weeks in September (ironically, Oktoberfest is never held in October), 14 massive beer tents are set up in the Bavarian capital where attendees can sip endless frosty mugs of lager and eat Bavarian specialties like pretzels, Weisswurst and Spätzle. Put on your best lederhosen and join the festivities! September 17 – October 3, 2022.


Pizza Fest • Naples, Italy

What better place to have a pizza festival than the birthplace of pizza itself? For one week in September, the best pizzerias in Naples come together for the world’s largest celebration of pizza, held in the western suburb of Fuorigrotta. Taste the true classic, the margherita (tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and basil), meet friendly pizza makers and watch the best pizzaiolo get crowned at the World Pizza-Making Championships. Exact dates for 2022 TBD.

Cavaillon melons

The Melon Festival of Cavaillon • Cavaillon, France

The little-known town of Cavaillon in Provence is famous for one thing: melons. In season from June to September, you won’t find any melon quite like the Cavaillon melon, similar to a cantaloupe but sweeter and more fragrant. Every second week in July, the town hosts the Fête du Melon, a festival celebrating all things melon. One highlight of the festival is when 100 white Camargue horses are released to run through the city streets – make sure you’re standing out of the way! Exact dates for 2022 TBD.

Great British Beer Festival

Great British Beer Festival • London, England

If you want to hit as many pubs as possible in the UK, why not attend a festival where they’re all in the same place? At the Great British Beer Festival in London, attendees can sample over 900 ales, craft beers, ciders and pear ciders, as well a varied selection of street food and snacks. Run by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), the festival holds tasting sessions, pub quizzes, live music, traditional pub games, and traditional pub snacks. Dates for 2022 TBD.

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Craigellachie hosted a fun tasting on the beach next to the Craigellachie Bridge during the festival we attended in 2018.

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival • Speyside, Scotland

Standing as the biggest whiskey producing region in Scotland, Speyside is located in the Moray area in the North-East of the county between Aberdeen and Inverness. Held annually, normally over the first weekend of May, doors to Speyside’s world famous distilleries open, inviting visitors from across the globe to meet the makers, taste the world’s finest whiskies and discover the passion behind them. But that’s not all…there are events fit for a foodie, live music, talks, tastings, tours and more. Dates for 2022 TBD.

When you plan your travel with Taylored Tours, you will be embarking on a trip filled with memorable and immersive experiences. We can create customized itineraries centered around any of the above festivals.

Learn how to shop in the local markets, cook your delicacies under the guidance of an accomplished local chef, or simply watch the experts as they demonstrate their skills. Your culinary vacation also includes visits to authentic experiences and iconic sights along the way. We have many options to create the perfect culinary and libation vacation, “taylored” just for you, but here are just a few of our favorites:

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