In 2022, Several Festivals Will Return

Glorious return

With a pandemic ravaging the world in 2020 and 2021, all food festivals in Europe have been rescheduled. Because of the pent-up demand, the majority will return in 2022 and will almost certainly be better than before. As in previous years, we've compiled a list of the top food festivals in Europe for 2022. These festivals cover a wide range of topics. Some, for example, include musical elements. However, in order for a festival to be included, food must be the main attraction. We haven't included wine festivals, beer festivals, or food festivals that have devolved into large food fights, such as La Tomatina in Valencia. This list is not exhaustive because there are numerous other minor events scattered throughout Europe. Simply put, there are far too many to list. In any case, as we've seen in previous years, all of these food events in Europe in 2022 are deserving of gourmet eating. If you can't make it to a festival, check out some of the fantastic food halls that can be found all over Europe.


Festival of Shrimp

In Oostduinkerke, located on the Flemish coast of Belgium, there will be a celebration held in honor of the fishermen who trawl for shrimp while mounted on their horses. This is a very unusual approach to the catching of shrimp. The most recent step in the process was adding it to the global list of Intangible Cultural Heritage that UNESCO maintains. At the Shrimpfeast, which is held on the last weekend of June each year, the catch is brought ashore and prepared in a variety of styles by the attendees. One of the activities that will take place on Sunday afternoon is a shrimp parade.

Kookeet, Bruges

Bruges has a long history of being renowned for its beauty as well as its cuisine. With 12 Michelin-starred restaurants, Little Bruges is a gastronomic Mecca. In reality, Kookeet drew more than 100,000 people the year it was held. As a result, many of the city's best chefs will present you with a dazzling array of culinary gems this year. According to the organizers, they all have one or more Michelin stars, a Bib Gourmand mention, or a high GaultMillau score. The festival is held under a large tent, and the organizers recommend trying the smoked duck, scallop, and truffle risotto this year. It is also reasonably priced, with the majority of meals costing less than €10 each.

The Prague Food Festival is usually held in the last week of May. However, it is unknown whether the festival will take place in 2022. The date is still being worked out, and we'll keep you updated as we learn more. The event, now in its fifteenth year, takes place in the Royal Gardens of Prague Castle. That makes sense given that the gardens were previously used to age grapes.

About twenty of the city's best restaurants attend the event. And the last year it was held, it was completely sold out. It is Prague's largest culinary event of the year, with sampling booths for coffee, chocolate, wines, beer, and other delectables, as well as a variety of appetizers, soups, main dishes, desserts, and a specially created festival menu. The previous event's admission fee was €21 (approximately $26).