Don’t let the name fool you — the Phuket Vegetarian Festival may be the most hardcore festival we’ve ever heard of. While veggie-friendly eats do play a role in this firecracker-friendly affair on Thailand’s largest island, this nine-day religious festival is really known for its ceremonies that include acts of self-mutilation and face and body piercing with knives, stakes, and household items by entranced mediums — called mah song — who parade through the city in outfits of white. While these and other rituals like firewalking, bladed ladder climbing, and bathing in hot oil may make you cringe, they demonstrate a belief that the gods will heal any wounds and are part of a larger goal of purification that includes abstinence from sex, alcohol, and meat. But don’t worry — like any good festival, this one doesn’t forget the food, and je, special vegetarian dishes marked by red and yellow signs, is one festival tradition that’s easy to stomach. Although you may encounter a bleeding mah song or two as you chow down, that will be the only surprise — apparently je tastes just like the meat-based classics. October 1-9 in Phuket, Thailand.
More Experience Events
Who doesn’t love this age old flip-flop of culinary behavior? The people at the Meatpacking Business Improvement District are hosting a little switcho chango event on leap day. That’s Feb 29th for you calendar challenged eaters. The breakfast battle pins 17 restaurants against each other. You get to eat their breakfast creations and judge a people’s choice award. So, Get your tickets but I wouldn’t advise coming in your PJ’s.
That weekend craving for hot, sugary, dough pulling goodness can now be scratched in the most epic of ways. Time Out Doughfest is putting all your favorite NY donut gurus in one spot for what could be a Battle Royal of glazed proportions. Coffee, which is an obvious must, is provided by one of our favorites, Sweetleaf. They are even dropping a DJ into the mix so you can fall into your sugar coma with some blissful back beats guiding you into your slumber.
The World’s Fare is not only the best food pun for an event we’ve heard in a while. It’s a proper Queens food in Queens celebration of everything this glorious borough has to offer. Meaning the single most culture dense square footage in perhaps the world. With your ears and your tongue as your guide, the Fare will treat you to as many international bites and sips as you can muster while you listen to music from all corners of the globe. We’re talking Don Ceviche with a Modelo, D’Abruzzo and a Red Stripe or Rib-in-a-Cup and a New Belgium. If that’s not enough it’s going to be under a giant metal globe. Now you get the pun right? No Will Smith and giant alien bugs this time just tasty bites for 2 straight days. Snap up some tickets because this is bound to be the best trip around the world without leaving your backyard boro. April 28th-29th 12pm-9pm at Citi Field in Queens.
We’ve gone on record several times tout “New Orleans has the best food in the country on a per bite basis.” The Taste of Louisiana Festival will give you a chance to test our theory with 100’s of available bites from some of the greatest creole and cajun chefs the bayou state has to order. The only catch with this one is that it’s being held in Texas. We still can’t figure that one out. Saturday, March 19 @ 1:00 PM in Sugarland Texas.