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What are some local eating customs/festivities in your part of the world?

Asked by wundayatta (58599points) March 31st, 2010

Clam bakes, Barbeque, etc, etc. What local customs do you have involving food? What have you served or been served at one of these gatherings that you find notable or unusual? What’s it like at these gatherings? Describe the scene and the feel and smell and taste of these gatherings.

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ParaParaYukiko's avatar

In my home town, we have a Cranberry Festival every year that lasts for one weekend. In addition to touring the local cranberry bogs and such, there are many different cranberry food products to sample in various stores and restaurants around town. Chocolate covered cranberries remain the specialty of our local chocolate shop year-round. Mmmmm… I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.

WestRiverrat's avatar

Mountain oysters in the spring and wild game feeds are popular around here.

The wild game is donated by whoever harvests it. If it is a benefit for someone there is a bucket at the front of the line for a free will offering. If it is just social, everyone brings a different dish and we have a potluck.

Mountain oysters are the part you cut off a bull to make a steer. Usually sliced thin and deep fried. Served on a bun with butter and onion, or without the bun with dipping sauce.

Almost forgot, Chislic is a local favorite too.

Fernspider's avatar

In New Zealand, the Maori sometimes could a Hangi which is food cooked in the ground over heated rocks. It has a really smoky flavour and is very traditional Maori cuisine.

cytonic_horus's avatar

well the easy one for me is on Burns Night (25th January) people have haggis, neeps and tatties (turnip and potatoes) with Burns Night gatherings having recitals, music and whisky

Blondesjon's avatar

I’m not sure where this takes place at, but I have been invited by the folks in my area to eat shit and die numerous times.

I find that it piques my interest more than my appetite.

tinyfaery's avatar

Tamales on Christmas.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

Rocky Mountain Oysters. Eww.

Any time there is an outdoor festival here, you can be sure to find them.

Ansible1's avatar

come hungry

filmfann's avatar

Well, I’m an American, so I would say stay in an all you can eat buffett until they have to roll you out.

WestRiverrat's avatar

At work we have a couple of potlucks every year. I try to bring something the people around here have never eaten before. About half the staff avoids what I bring, while the other half always try to guess what it is.

The first time I did this I had one gal go into premature labor after she found out the Mexican bean hot dish I brought was made with rabbit instead of chicken.

So far the Aligator stew got the most comment.

Just_Justine's avatar

We celebrate diwali “festivity of lights”

Which is a very pretty occasion too. As our city is lit up with not only fireworks but beautiful lighting all over the city itself. There is dancing and sharing.Also a whole new outfit has to be worn to celebrate the coming of the new year.

We are often invited to take part in ramadan,so there is tons of spicy food around which I love. But this is more of a private family affair. Sweet meats are made and soji which is laden with butter and almonds.

We have Christmas, but because it is so hot here, we eat mostly cold foods, and cold deserts.

Many Zulu’s enjoy ox head and eat a lot of offal.Normally at a Zulu wedding a cow is slaughtered for every one to see then cut and eaten over a wood fire.

Afrikaaners celebrate with babotie which is like a curry mince with egg on top. Its really nice. And Koeksusters, which translated means cake sisters! very fatty and laden with syrup. And as they would say “Baie Lekker ne”.

cytonic_horus's avatar

@Just_Justine I think it’s great how you have such a mix of cultures and their different traditions. It’s amazing how it all varies and all within the one area…this is something that we do not see on a large scale here and you are lucky if it gets a passing mention outside their own community.

EdMayhew's avatar

Here in London we have the time old tradition of the 1am Greasy Kebab, which follows the friday night piss up.


lucillelucillelucille's avatar

People in my town eat perch.They also drink beer.Not necessarily in that order. ;)

Trillian's avatar

Near the town where I grew up, Alpena Michigan, there was the Posen Potato Festival every year. Guess what the main course was?
For whatever reason, around here the food to strive for seems to be a bizarre knotted and twisted tube pastry which has been fried and piled high on a plate, then coated with powdered sugar. I haven’t been able to bring myself to try this horror, so I can only imagine…It’s called “funnel cake” though I see nothing cake like about it.

WestRiverrat's avatar

@jaytkay I used to do the smelting. Took an awful lot of those little things to make a decent meal.

But we didn’t have that view in Chequamegon Bay

Finley's avatar

Our town is big on eating turtle stews and shrimp stews. Basically any stew cooked in a cauldron..

jaytkay's avatar

You do have your views, though. Spectacular country. I’m headed to the UP in May for a weekend or two, near L’Anse.

WestRiverrat's avatar

@jaytkay Haven’t lived there since 73. Now I live out west and wrangle rattlesnakes and paddlefish.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest. Every year, 4 July at Nathan’s. Be there, be ready for hot dogs!

Blondesjon's avatar

@aprilsimnel . . . MLE baby!!! Joey Chestnut is muh boy!

davidbetterman's avatar

Cheeseburger, fries and a chocolate milkshake…just like most everywhere else in the USA.

wilma's avatar

We have a lot of hog roasts and sometimes a wild game dinner.

jazmina88's avatar

KY DERBY = mint juleps, burgoo, hot browns, winning tickets, horses

YARNLADY's avatar

Our city has a pancake brunch every year before the Red, White and Blue Parade, the last weekend in June, and a City Fun Fair the last week in September features typical fair food, hot dogs, chicken on a stick, beef on a stick, fried cakes, and such.

graynett's avatar

In Port Lincoln (where I’m from) we throw fish. The World Great Tuna Toss. very popular with the tourist

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