Single-Food Festivals Worth a 1,000-Mile Journey

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From bizarre to gourmet, the single-food festivals that might be worth the trip

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Food festivals can be divided into two categories: those that showcase a broad and diverse culinary spectrum, and those that hone in on a single ingredient and celebrate it to the tens.

The first category is where you find the big-name chefs and $200/ticket tastings. The single-food festivals draw the specialists, the peculiar traditions and the devotees. Plus the curious onlookers, of course. Whenever hundreds of people gather to wrestle in gravy or hurl buckets of overripe tomatoes at each other, thousands of gawkers will follow. From bizarre to gourmet, the single-food festivals here demonstrate all the ways that an ingredient can transcend the plate.

— Lena Katz, JustLuxe

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