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The season’s best food and drink events

Food festivals are increasing in popularity, and interesting niche versions are springing up across the globe. Here are three of the best

Australia's Asian Food Festival takes influence from its neighbours in south-east Asia 

Asian Food Festival
Sep 2-Oct 14
Melbourne, Australia

While Australia’s culinary contribution to the world is usually seen as no more than the noble barbeque, its close links with Asia mean it enjoys a hugely diverse range of cuisine. For six weeks in Melbourne, Asian food is celebrated at the annual Asian Food Festival, which blends Chinese, Malaysian, Indian and Thai food with Australia’s typically rich ingredients.
Tickets: Free

Enjoy fresh oysters in Galway
Enjoy fresh oysters in Galway

Oyster & Seafood Festival
September 25-28
Galway, Ireland

Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, the Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival is Ireland’s second most popular annual event, after St Patrick’s Day. The oldest oyster festival in the world, it welcomes more than 20,000 visitors each year, who come to sample Galway’s rich annual oyster harvest, as well as plenty of champagne and Irish stout.
Tickets: $189

Lugano Autumn Festival features the best of Italian-influence Swiss dishes
Lugano Autumn Festival features the best of Italian-influence Swiss dishes

Lugano Autumn Festival
October 3-5
Lugano, Switzerland

Located in the picturesque Swiss city of Lugano, the Autumn Festival celebrates the beginning of the season by trumpeting locally produced goods. While music and artists provide entertainment, there are a huge number of culinary delights that merge Swiss cooking with nearby Italian recipes, including risotto, mortadella, polenta and gnocchi.
Tickets: Free

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