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3. Garlic festival, US

Got a very tolerant other half? Then visit California’s Garlic Festival and feast on the most pungent of dishes.

Over two tonnes of the bulbs will be consumed at this festival, running July 26-28, where you can compete for the dubious honour of being crowned Miss Gilroy Garlic, sample recipes created in the ferociously competitive cook-offs or, best of all, help yourself to as much of the free garlic ice cream as you can swallow without doing yourself damage. 

3. Giant omelette, France

Legend has it Napoleon once visited the town of Bessières and enjoyed an omelette so much that the following day he requested another made using every egg in the town, so he could share it with his hard-working army. 

In the years after it became custom that a giant omelette was cooked to feed the village’s poor at Easter every year and the idea was copied in other towns, including Louisiana, US, which now also has a giant omelette fest.Next year’s French event is on April 24.


 5. Roadkill cook-off, US

Up for a casualty cooking festival? Getting stuck into a plateful of meat that’s there only by the grace of a bumper bar – appetising for sure.

Each year, thousands of people crowd into the small town of Marlinton, West Virginia, to share their love of eating and cooking roadkill. How does a snack of biscuits and squirrel gravy sound? Perhaps you would prefer deer sausage or teriyaki-marinated bear? Culinary blue-sky thinking or just a bit wrong? Decide for yourself on September 28.


Photos: Getty; Wikicommons


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