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The worlds strangest food festivals

Updated on July 27, 2013

The Tomato festival

This festival is held in the city of Valencia, Buñol , has been gaining more and more followers since it officially started in 1950. Most people know about this festival that happens once a year. People basically throw tomatoes at each other. Its origin comes from when 1944, during a parade of giants and big heads, some young men who wanted to participate in the same got into a big fight. As the place was surrounded by vegetables only, they picked the tomatoes and used them as a weapon. The police had to intervene to break up the fight, and condemned those responsible to pay for the damage caused. The following year many young people repeated the altercation, only this time brought tomatoes from home. Again they were interrupted by law enforcement however after repeating the same thing in subsequent years, the party eventually becomming official.

Yuma lettuce days festival

Yuma is known worldwide as the "Lettuce Capital" since this town in Arizona produces a very large amount of lettuce for North America . Due to this, there is a festival associated with it. Every year it becomes lettuce crazy,starting with sculptures with lettuce, to bowling greens and even giant salad contests.

Pancake Race (England)

Pancake Day is celebrated on the Tuesday of Carnival (the day before Lent). Only women can participate in this race. They must run a designated path with a pan and finish in a church. Participants must have a hot pancake in the which needs to be flipped at least three times before finishing the race. The first woman to complete the race and get to the church with the pancake is declared the winner.

Carnival de Villanueva and Geltrú

On this special day children of Villanueva and Geltrú take to the streets to launch meringue and are en route from one pastry to another. At night many companies and homes eat Xató which is a traditional, typical dish of the city, and also a salad drenched with a sauce that gives the dish the name. The dish also has omelets. The meringue was born in 1972, when James Blanch from the Blanch Pastry Geltrú Villanueva decided to make a giant meringue and pastry announcement. This became so famous the meringue was sent to schools near the bakery and children was asked to assist to carry it, however it was so big that it had to be left in the middle of the street. The children begin to eat and play with the meringue. Due to the success, this was repeated year after year, until meringue pie was so big it couldn't fit through the door needed a pulley system to throw it from the balcony towards the center of the street.

The Wildfoods Festival (Hokitika, New Zealand)

This gastronomic encounter is one of the most fascinating in the world. It is held every year for thousands of people interested in the extreme and bizarre food put out. Food ranges from giant beetle larvae, scorpions, cricket candy , ice cream wasp or colostrum, the first milk after a calving cow, and the star dish, horse semen.

Garlic Festival (Gilroy, California, USA)

This festival began when Dr. Rudy Melone discovered that a small French town was considered the capital of the garlic.His aim was to prove to people that it was not so, he insisted that Gilroy in his own village in California was the garlic capital. So in Gilroy in July every year this festival is celebrated. All dishes served in the festival are made using garlic. Furthermore, in this beautiful festival musicians come from all over to play beautiful compositions dedicated to garlic. There are also painters and sculptors who work on public displays made ​​of garlic.

Spam Jam Waikiki (Hawaii, USA)

Spam is a popular canned meat in the States and also in the UK and Australia .This food has become so famous, a museum has been dedicated to it, and it also has its own festival in Hawaii. During the festival delicious and innovative dishes are made ​​with this gelatinous meat, for examples typical hamburgers , to a kind of sushi made ​​entirely from spam .This festival also supports a worthy cause,a lot of the profits go to the Bank of Foods of Hawaii ,which gives aid to those in need of the island.

The Olive Festival (Spain)

In this town of Murcia, the Olive festival is held on the last weekend of every August and is attended by people from all over Spain and the world . The event is a unique holiday were olives are launched a previous event had the number of attendees at 25,000, from all over Europe, and featured 300 competitors.

Annual Testicle Festival (Montana, USA)

Every year in the month of September the Rock Creek Lodge cooks and serves about two tons of fried bull testicles for two days. In this festival , besides being able to consume this "rich" which costs around five dollars, you can also enter the contest,which is to see who can swallow the most testicles in four minutes. The winner get a prize of 100 dollars.

Birdmen Race (Bognor, England)

This contest held in July is the pioneer of many similar throughout the world: The idea is to travel as far as you can using a homemade flying machine from a launch pad overlooking the sea.


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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      The worlds strangest food festivals so interesting about such strange festivals always something new to learn from your hubs.

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      5 years ago from Japan


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      Thomas Silvia 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great interesting information on these strange food festivals . Well done !

    • Hezekiah profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Japan

      Thanks for the note. Appreciated

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      Matt Doran 

      5 years ago from Manchester, UK

      Interesting hub Hezekiah. re: the pancake race in England - it takes place on Shrove Tuesday which is normally some time in February. We don't have anything called 'Carnival' though in England.

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      5 years ago

      You are more than welcome!

    • Hezekiah profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Japan

      Apreciated, thanks a lot.

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      5 years ago

      I like reading your detailed and informational hub on food festivals that could be described as strange. thanks for the read. Voted up.


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