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Nandita Iyer | Global food festivals in June

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Taste of Stockholm (Smaka pa Stockholm)

Stockholm, Sweden | 4- 8 June

This annual summer festival into its 23rd edition is one of the largest events in Sweden. It is all about showcasing locally grown produce and organic food, and emphasizes sustainable living that Sweden is so well known for. The venue is King’s Garden, which is transformed into an open-air party zone on these days, serving food from the best restaurants in the city along with performances by renowned artists. Hundreds of thousands of people attend the festival to enjoy the best of weather, food and music each year. For more details, go to smakapastockholm.se/english/

Hessentag

Besheim, Germany | 6-15 June

Launched in 1961, the oldest festival in Germany brings in over half a million visitors every year. Held in a different town each year in the federal state of Hessen, it showcases the state, regions and towns. The events span arts, culture, music, exhibitions and Hessian cuisine. Every host town enjoys publicity, infrastructure improvements and restorations of historic buildings as a result of this festival. The Hessian region is easy to access from Frankfurt and offers a variety of options for holidays that range from the natural countryside to city nightlife. For more details, go to www.hessentag2014.de/

Food Technology Show

Pragati Maidan, New Delhi | 11-14 June

A must visit for anyone in the food and beverage industry, this event covers everything related to food such as equipment, technology, processing and so on. Techniques such as brewing, distilling, packing and food storage are also on display, among many other things.

Feast of St Anthony

Alfama, Lisbon, Portugal | 12-13 June

Lisbon celebrates the birth of its patron saint, St Anthony, on 12-13 June across nearly every town and village. The mayor of the city offers free mass marriages in St Anthony’s Church on the first day, followed by an all-night fair in the streets of Alfama district. Neighbourhoods compete with each other in parades for best costumes and displays. Sardines are the chosen food during this fest and they are grilled outside every home and restaurant during these two days. For more, visit portugal.com/information/june

Taste of Dublin

Dublin, Ireland | 12-15 June

The best of alfresco eating, drinking and entertainment is scheduled for four days every June in Dublin. Held in the Iveagh Gardens, 20 of the city’s best restaurants come together to showcase their cuisine. Visitors can sample and shop from a variety of gourmet food products. There will also be interactive demonstrations and master classes during the four days. Ticket prices start from €15.

Taste of London

London | 19-22 June

This popular festival that takes place in Regent’s Park has the city’s top restaurants out to woo you with their food. You can meet London’s top chefs, attend their master classes and interact with them. If you are in London this summer, make sure you reserve your weekend for this gourmet experience. For moreinformation, visit tastefestivals.com/london

Tip of the month

Photo: iStockphotoSeasonal eating: As the monsoon hits most parts of India in June, mangoes make an exit. Make sure you enjoy corn on cob in all its roasted glory, smothered with lemon juice, red chilli powder and salt. Also adrak (ginger) chai should be declared the official drink of the monsoon, and the spicy ginger kick is just what the doctor ordered to keep the sniffles away.

A doctor turned nutritional consultant, culinary trainer, food writer and columnist, who’s learning to grow the foods she likes to eat, Nandita Iyer lives in Bangalore and is mom to a five-year-old gourmand son.

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