Festive Foods Around The World

With two more sleep until Christmas……. whaaaaaaa we are very excited!

Don’t know about you but our thoughts have turned to food, so we’ve explored a few festive foods from around the world.

We all know that here in the UK it is all about turkey, Christmas pudding, mince pies, chocolate, cheese and (love ’em or loath ’em) Brussel sprouts – not necessarily in that order, plus, a whole heap of other food in vast quantities too!

But here is what other countries tuck into over the festive period…
Festive Foods Around The World

Fancy a taste?

If you travel to Milan to experience authentic Panettone, you can also finish up your festive shopping along miles of designer stores and outdoor markets. Celebrations for the patron saint of Milan occur on 7th December and mark the start of the festive season there, with many locals putting up their festive trees on this day.

In Kozani town, Greece, the 23rd December marks celebrations for the shepherds who lit the bonfires to announce the birth of Jesus Christ. Known as the ‘Kladaries’, the locals light fires and dance around them while drinking the local wines. The best bonfires win prizes, which sounds like a sight not to be missed while munching on your Yiaprakia!

A festive break in LisbonPortugal can offer a slightly warmer Christmas alternative to the UK, with average temperatures reaching 12 degrees Celsius; perfect for enjoying your Bolo Rei while relaxing with a wintery view over Lisbon’s beautiful riverfront square, or after a scenic coastal walk. Christmas starts early in Portugal as children usually receive their presents at midnight on Christmas Eve. We think this is a tradition that could catch on in the UK!

Germany’s oldest Christmas Market in Dresden, called Striezelmarkt, marks its 580th anniversary this year, so is a must-see over the festive period and a perfect opportunity to pick up some authentic Stollen. Full of arts and crafts, as well as kids adventure playgrounds, it provides a magical family winter break. Bakerei Wippler bakery, a short walk along the river from the market, also offers authentic Stollen to complete your festive experience.

Christmas in Japan will give you an enchanting experience, with spectacular light displays in Tokyo.  It can provide a fantastic alternative to a traditional wintertime in the UK. Along with the festive KFC which has become very popular in Japan, Roppongi Hill area of Tokyo also hosts a German-style Christmas market.

New York can be seen as the ultimate romantic festive destination, with horse- drawn carriages, snow-filled parks and magnificent window shopping displays. It is the setting for the classic Christmas film Miracle on 34th Street which is recreated in the window displays of Macy’s shop every year, and is not to be missed. What better way to finish your day after all those activities, then indulging in an authentic 7 fish feast in one of New York’s Italian restaurants?

We tell you what, our tummies are rumbling!

So, with only two days to go to the big ho ho ho, will you stick with turkey, or hot-foot-it somewhere else to try out one of these treats?

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