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.
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.
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.