Where: Munich, Germany
When: Mid-September - Early October
Sure, you can attend astounding Oktoberfest celebrations all over the world at this point (including right here in America), but these satellite parties are nothing compared to the main event in Munich. For two weeks starting in September and running into early October, biergartens all over the Bavarian capital froth over with lederhosen-wearing revelers, sausages and pretzels, and steins upon steins of German brews.
2. La Batalla de Vino
Where: Haro, Spain
When: June 27-30
At this annual wine fight (a food fight with weaponized wine, not a wine-fueled brawl), much of the vino ends on clothing, in hair, or on the ground, flowing like a river—but there’s plenty to drink as well. Originally meant to celebrate St. Peter’s Feast Day, the festival has become divorced from much religious meaning. Attendees climb a mountain above the town of Haro in Rioja armed with bottles, water guns and gardening sprayers, and unleash a deluge of vino on one another, all before descending into town for a massive party.
3. Feis Ile
Where: Islay, Scotland
When: Last week of May
A pilgrimage to Islay is on every scotch lover’s bucket list, but you’ll get the most out of your trip if go during Feis Ile (pronounced “Faysh Eeyla”), aka the Islay Festival of Music and Malt. During the week-long event, distilleries like Lagavulin, Ardbeg, Bruichladdich and Caol Ila hold open days, offering tours, special tastings, workshops and lots of traditional musical performances and ceilidhs (a Scottish folk ball) to go along with all that peaty scotch.
4. Raicilla Cultural Festival
Where: Mascota, Mexico
Raicilla, mezcal’s cousin from Jalisco, has been trickling into the U.S. for a few years now, and if you’ve developed a taste for the fruity and floral agave spirit, you should head to the source. For several days each December, the town of Mascota welcomes taberneros from countryside distilleries, who unload barrels of the good stuff on eager locals and visitors. Taco carts feed the crowds while mariachi bands provide the music. There’s even horse dancing in case literal barrels of raicilla somehow become boring.
5. Great British Beer Festival
Where: London, England
When: Second week of August
Called “the biggest pub in the world,” the Great British Beer Festival gathers over 650 beers (two-thirds of them from the U.K.) in a convention center in London. Organized by the Campaign for Real Ale, the festival gives visitors the chance to sip and sip and sip on brews to their hearts’ content (and then sip some more). Along with an overwhelming number of smaller stands, a select handful of breweries set up large brewery bars inside the festival where you can sample a range of bottlings, including some specially made for the event. Tutored tastings, street foods and live entertainment round out the experience.
According to thrillist.com. Source of photos: internet