The holiday season is packed with festive food fairs, each one showcasing the traditional holiday foods of a specific region or country. OROGOLD loves visiting these food fairs, sampling delicious cultural foods that each have their own special festive significance. Here are some of our favorite festive food fairs from around the world.
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair, San Francisco, USA
Most of the Christmas markets in the US are inspired by German traditions, but the Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco is quite different. For those of you who have ever wanted to experience a Victorian Christmas, this is the fair to visit, as it really feels as though you have stepped back in time when you enter this festive world of Charles Dickens. The food is a huge part of this festive fair, with dishes inspired by the historical British Empire. The cinnamon glazed roasted almonds are a great snack for when you first arrive, as are the roasted organic chestnuts served in quaint paper cones. When you want something heartier, OROGOLD suggests the French-dipped roast beef, or one of Mr. Barker’s Bangers, served with grilled onions and sauerkraut.
Christkindlesmarkt, Nüremberg, Germany
Christkindlesmarkt in Nüremberg dates all the way back to the mid-16th Century, and with its medieval-looking Bavarian backdrop, OROGOLD considers it to be one of the most magical festive fairs in the world. The first dish that OROGOLD recommends trying is their famous rostbratwurst, petite sausages that the town is known for. Lebkuchen is another food that you will see at many stalls, and this is a spicier, honey-sweetened local version of gingerbread, and has been baked in Nüremberg for more than six hundred years. Today, there are many different varieties available, and you can even buy them wrapped up in cute boxes to take away as gifts. Finish off your day at Christkindlesmarkt with a mug of feuerzangenbowle, a hot rum and wine punch that contains melted flaming sugar.
Toronto Christmas Market, Toronto, Canada
This is a fantastic festive fair for any foodies out there, as not only will you be able to try traditional European holiday food, but there are also some unusual and innovative dishes to be found, such as the deep fried cereal-battered waffles. While there are so many food vendors to choose from, do keep an eye out for the Snack Hutte, serving Bavarian churros with cinnamon sugar, as well as baked Black Forest berry strudels, perfect to snack on while you’re on-the-go. This Christmas market also happens to be located in the Distillery District, explaining the numerous heated beer gardens that can be found throughout. Whether you want to warm up with a traditional German mulled wine, sip on some of the best single malt scotches in the world, or try a classic English Christmas cocktail, the choices are all so tempting.
Visiting your local festive fair is a great way to celebrate the holidays this year. Not only will you be supporting local businesses, but you are also likely to find some truly unique gifts for your loved ones, as well as immerse yourself in a new culture by tasting festive foods from around the world.