Salon de Chocolate, Quito, Equador
Ecuador stands as the world’s top producer of high-quality chocolate, and this fest will delight attendees with tasting sessions and cooking classes. About 15,000 visitors attend this early summer fest, which is capped off with a chocolate sculpture competition.
Blue Food Festival, Bloody Bay, Tobago
Head on down to the Caribbean and tuck into dishes made with dasheen, a member of the taro root family. When dasheen is ground up then cooked, it turns blue. As weird as that sounds, the dasheen transforms into crispy, tasty chips, silky smooth mash and a potato-like additive for stews. Its leaves are cooked with okra, coconut milk and warming spices to replicate the popular Caribbean dish “callaloo,” which has the texture of creamed spinach.
PoutineFest, Ottawa, Canada
An entire festival dedicated to Canadian comfort food? Sounds good, eh? At its most basic, poutine contains thick French fries, cheese curds and brown gravy. Over time, it has morphed into multiple flavor profiles, including butter chicken poutine, smoked meat poutine, smoked salmon poutine, pastrami poutine and pulled pork poutine.