There is no doubt that the transition to autumn is one of the most extraordinary times of the year. Temperatures change, the colours of our environment transform and we welcome the cozy vibes of the season. We begin craving comfort in what we wear, where we go and what we eat. Fall flavours have a lot more to offer than just pumpkin spice. At Lineage, we are always exploring what other countries and cultures choose to celebrate at their tables. We love finding new favourites and experimenting outside of our comfort zone. Around the world Fall is celebrated in many ways including traditional meals, holidays and festivals! We love a good celebration, and we appreciate being able to travel the world through flavours. Today we’re excited to share with you the cuisines that famous fall festivals around the world are known for.
Celebrating the spiritual victory of light over darkness, Diwali is known as the festival of lights and is the most prominent festival of India. Celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains in India and Nepal. The date varies depending on the hindu calendar and the festival lasts 5 days. There are so many delectable traditional Diwali festival foods, we can’t possibly name them all here. Common treats are sweet pastries such as chirote, laddoos and karanji. If you are looking for something savoury there are samosas and aloo tikki - an Indian style potato patty with or without stuffing, spices and herbs. The list of foods at a Diwali festival is a never ending menu of decadence.
Chinese Moon Festival
Traditionally, the Mid-Autumn or Moon Festival is the 15th day of the eighth lunar month. Families gather to watch the full moon, recite poems, and eat scrumptious moon cakes. The festival is also seen as a romantic holiday because the legend behind it is about a couple madly in love. This is a widely celebrated holiday and is a time for family reunions, or watching the moon together even if separated by distance, often while enjoying unique moon cakes! Moon cakes are round pastries with rich fillings of various flavours and are often delicately decorated with patterns on top.
Dia De Los Muertos
Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday held on November 1st and 2nd. This celebration involves friends and family gathering to pray and remember loved ones who have passed away. Common customs include building altars with offerings of flowers, photos, candles and of course, delicious Mexican delicacies. Popular food served includes pan de muerto and tamales. Tamales are a scrumptious meal made of corn dough and a variety of fillings such as green chilli and chicken, or black beans and cheese. Wrapped in a banana leaf or corn husk and steamed, you can use the wrapper as a plate while you devour your savoury treat.
Held annually in Germany, Oktoberfest is the world's largest beer festival and travel fair. Millions of tourists flock to Munich to celebrate and indulge in extra strong beer and snacks. Food served during this festival favours savoury over sweet, to entice festival-goers to indulge in an extra beverage or two.Think of bratwursts, onions, breads and hearty stews. And a visit to Germany wouldn’t be complete without trying a famous soft pretzel! Ultimate comfort food served with a cold beer, it is no wonder Oktoberfest is such a popular festival to visit.
Falling at the end of the rainy season in Thailand, Loy Krathong is one of the largest festivals. Set during the full moon of the final month of the Thai lunar calendar, usually in November, Loy Krathong is said to be the most beautiful of Thailand’s festivals. The occasion is celebrated by decorating ‘boats’ with candles and sending them along with their wishes, dreams and prayers down the river. Thai cuisine customary during Loy Krathong includes known Thai flavours contained in Katong Tong Pak (Vegetable Tartlets) and chicken satays with peanut sauce of chili and ginger. Dishes are often served with sticky rice sweetened with coconut milk.
We hope this collection of fall festivals has made you feel transported to different places and maybe even reignited a passion for travel and new experiences. We encourage you to always try new recipes, new foods and different ingredients in your dining experiences. Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter and keep up with our blog as Lineage regularly explores ideas and food from around the world. We love seeing your Lineage pieces being used in your home, tag us on social and follow along with our channels!