European festivals, feasts, and fairs are often celebrated in celebration of a unique local culture. Food is a common theme in many of the most unusual and longest-running festivals. You can celebrate anything you like, from oranges to truffles, and all types of fish and fowl.
We’re enjoying the unique cultural events of four European countries.
1.The Battle of the Oranges, Ivrea, Italy
The carnival of Ivrea doesn’t celebrate the orange for its nutritional qualities; rather, it is a celebration of its usefulness and availability as a missile.
This messy event sees hundreds upon hundreds of oranges being thrown and squished by participants in an act of resistance against starvation. It all started in 12th century, when a wicked count oppressed the local population. He allowed the townsfolk to have a pot of beans twice a calendar year to fight hunger.
In protest of this treatment, beans were thrown onto the ground. About:blankIt’s all about celebrating the sweet citrus fruitGetty
Visitors to February’s festival who want to see the spectacle, but aren’t willing to be injured by a flying citrus fruit, can either hide behind safety nets or wear a red cap if they go out on the streets to show they aren’t part of the battle.
2. La Pourcailhade, Trie-sur-Baise, France
La Pourcailhade is a celebration that focuses on every aspect of the pork. It takes place in southern France’s Hautes-Pyrenees region.
This is more than just a way to cook delicious meat. Events include the Best Pig Outfit contest and the noisy “Cri de Cochon”, in which competitors compete to win the prize.
Many people also bet on the piglet race. For those who have the stomach for them, there are also ‘who can eat most’-style competitions.
While the festival events may seem frivolous and fun, they are deeply rooted in the regional farming culture, where pig-rearing is a key component of its economic stability. Trie-sur-Baise used to be France’s largest pig-market.
3. Helsinki Herring Festival Finland
Finland’s food is both a joy and a cornerstone for communities. This balance of joy is evident in Finland.
Since 1743, Helsinki’s fishermen have been taking their small boats to the Market Square wharf to sell their catch. This is when the Baltic herring gathers in huge schools. It’s a great time to work with fishermen and provides a steady food source for the people.
This tradition evolved from a simple annual fish market to a larger celebration of Finnish food. The main event is still about the Herring, regardless of whether it’s salted or marinated. The fair has seen new ways to celebrate the abundance of fish. A competition is held to determine the best herring-based dish. There is also a contest for filleting and a race among traditional sailing vessels in the harbour.
To learn more about the Baltic Sea, visitors can participate in seminars. You can also attend seminars to learn more about the Baltic Sea and try delicious delicacies like chocolate herring with potatoes.
4. Subotina Festival, Buzet, Istria, Croatia
Residents have been celebrating the start of the white truffle harvest season in Istria for many years. It has become a celebration of past times.
The Subotina Festival takes place in Buzet in September, the “town of truffles”. The first day’s focus is on making an enormous omelette with ten kilos white truffles and more than 2,000 eggs. The omelette is accompanied with a large supply of red teran and white malvazija grape wines.
The festival’s second day features everyone dressed in traditional costumes in an attempt to recreate the olden days. There will be demonstrations of traditional crafts such as stonemasonry, basket weaving, carpentry and basket weaving. Streets are filled with people dancing to live accordion music and non-dancers can choose from a variety of truffle-based treats.