From Baby Food To Sardines To Possum: 10 Very Specific Food Festivals To Visit This Summer

There’s a food for everyone and apparently, judging by this list of interesting food festivals put together by the Chicago Tribune, there’s a festival for everyone’s particular favorite food.

It’s really only 9-ish, because even though the participants in the annual Tomatina tomato-hurling fracas in Spain certainly swallow their fair share of the red fruit, it’s really not about eating and more of an excuse just to get messy.

Without further caveats, here’s the list:

National Baby Food Festival: This event kicks off today in Freemont, MI, home to baby food behemoth Gerber. Feel free to take part in the Baby Food Eating Contest. I just hope there aren’t too many cosplay types at this particular fest, which runs through July 24.

Pierogi Fest:If you’re near Whiting, IN, between July 23-25 and you like Pierogies, join in the Pierogi tossing contest.

Gilroy Garlic Festival: This one’s pretty self-explanatory and if you’ve watched the Food Channel (or Food TV or Food Network, whatever it’s called this month), you’ve probably already heard about it. Regardless, if you want to keep Robert Pattinson and his sexy vampire fangs away, head over to stinky Gilroy, CA, from July 23-25.

Clark Potato Day: Sure, most people associate the potato with Idaho, but you’ll have to head to Clark, SD, on July 31 if you want to see the festival’s “world famous” Mashed Potato Wrestling.

Sardine Festival: For those traveling through Greece on Aug. 1, and who also happen to loooooove sardines, there’s this festival in Kalloni, Lesvos.

National Mustard Day & Festival: I love mustard, but had no idea there was a day dedicated to the stuff, let alone a musuem and a festival. It’s almost tempting enough to make me think about heading to the National Mustard Museum in Middleton, Wisc on Aug. 7 to check it out. Almost.

Possum Festival: There’s really nothing I can say about this that the festival’s name didn’t already tell you. Regardless, if you’re in Wausau, FL, on Aug. 7 and want to try out some possum ice cream, head over to the 41st Funday & Possum Festival.

World Gravy Wrestling Championships: To our readers in the north of England (or the South of Scotland), here’s your chance to watch folks slather themselves up with gravy before they grapple. The event takes place on Aug. 30 and it’s all part of the Pennine Lancashire Festival of Food and Culture.

Humungus Fungus Fest: It’s all about ‘shrooms (the legal kind) at this festival in Crystal Falls, MI, home to the world’s largest fungus. The fun(gus) kicks off Aug. 12 and runs through Aug. 15.

La Tomatina As mentioned above, this isn’t exactly a food festival so much as it’s a mammoth food fight that has everyone hurling tomatoes at each other until there’s no more red stuff to fling. The tomato toss, which takes place on Aug. 25, is really the culmination of a week-long celebration. So if you’re in Bunol, Spain this summer, don’t even bother to bring a smock; this ain’t no Gallagher show.

Okay, the Tribune’s list has some good items, but I think — nay, I know — that you all have some better festivals to add to this list. Put ’em in the comments or e-mail them to the tipline and if we get a big enough list, we’ll post something more comprehensive for next year.

Ten at 10: Wacky food festivals [Chicago Tribune]