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12 of the Strangest Food Events Around the World – Pt 1

When you think what you can do with all the delicious food ingredients available to us it is little wonder that it is a passion the world over for those affectionately known as foodies. Many want to combine this love of food with their holidays and whether they are referred to as food festivals, food holidays or food events the following are a celebration of the good, the bad and the downright bizarre in the world of food. This week we introduce you to 6 of the strangest food events from across the globe.

Get you melon skis on

The first one that makes the list is the relatively tame, but nevertheless weird, the Chinchilla Melon Festival that takes place in the Australian town of Chinchilla. There is in fact very little actual eating of melons going on here, and one of the main features is the melon skiing, where participants put there feet into melons and then ski across a tarpaulin covered in a melon and soap gunk.

Wearing wine rather than drinking itBatalla del Vino Haro La Rioja

Wine lovers look away now, as the thought of using wine as ammunition will be seen as something nothing short of sacrilegious. This is not the case for those who travel to Haro in Spain every year however, and let’s be honest the Spanish have plenty of wine to spare. This is a fun festival that can quickly get very serious, think paint balling with wine, and you have some idea of the competitiveness.

Ketchup with that?

One of the most famous of all the crazy food festivals is La Tomatina, where thousands of people flood the streets of the Spanish town of Bunol and pelt each other with tomatoes. Considered by many to be the ultimate food fight, La Tomatina takes place on the last Wednesday of every August and people come, literally, from the four corners of the globe to embark on a free for all which see over 100 tons of over ripe tomatoes used as ammunition.

Among the madness, and even though it is strictly forbidden to tear anyone’s clothes, you will see many topless men, and a few women wallowing in the red juices that run like a river down the streets of this tomato mad town.

Wild Foods Festival at the end of the world wildfoods - edit 2

Ever fancied learning how to cook a possum? Then head off to the Wildfoods Festival in Hokitka New Zealand. This is a celebration of the diversity of wildlife that exists on the west coast of the South Island where locals come together to show off their somewhat bizarre cookery skills. You will see everything at this festival, from ninja turtles in the strangest attire to ice cream made from fish larvae, yum.

Veggie feast meets slasher movie

Phuket in Thailand is home to one of the most gut wrenching festivals you will find anywhere. The Phuket Vegetarian Festival takes purging yourself to a whole new level, with an incredible selection of vegan delicacies that will captivate even the most zealous meat eater available day and night throughout the event.

This abstinence is only the start however, and some who attend take part in such bizarre rituals as walking over hot coals with their bare feet, climbing ladders that have bladed rungs and even taking a bath in hot oil, or more shocking is the forcing of various sharp implements through the cheeks of the face

Oyster Festival .. well sort of 

You may want to do your research before heading off to Montana for the Rocky Mountain Oyster Festival as you will be disappointed if you are expecting a celebration of great sea food. There is not an oyster in sight, or a prawn for that matter, as this is a festival dedicated to the eating of testicles, of the cow variety thankfully.

Cow testicles are seen as a delicacy around these parts and you can try them battered, deep fried and served with a cocktail sauce. These cowboys take their testicle events seriously and one of the main features is the speed contest to see who can eat the most in the shortest time, oh, and keep them down.


If you thought those were some truly strange food events wait until next week when we bring you 6 more of the world’s most bizarre food extravaganzas.