Humans are social beings who love to gather en-masse to celebrate everything from rites of passage to community milestones. This is particularly true of Europeans, who in some cases, have hundreds of years of history backing up their right to celebrate. So, if you find yourself on this continent, aching to experience, shall we say, something less typical than the usual tourist trap or traditional food or music festival and you don’t have a problem chasing things, throwing things, and well, throwing things some more, these 6 annual European food festivals are for you.
6. Rabechilbi Turnip Festival – Richterswil, Switzerland
The turnip, an often neglected root vegetable sure gets its turn in the spotlight during the yearly Rabechilbi Turnip Festival in Richterswil, Switzerland. Dating back to 1905, the festival features the hollowing-out and intricate carving of over 26 tonnes of turnip, equipped with candles that are transformed into glowing floats that parade through the city after dark. Taking place on the 2nd Sunday in November, the glowing lanterns aren’t exclusive to just the parade procession, but rather, the entire city is lit up with finely etched turnips hanging from houses, balconies and the hands of bystanders.