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Last updated: 28 May, 2023
Expert travel writer: Dana Facaros

San Sebastian is Spain’s gourmet hotspot, so no surprise then that each year they host one of the country’s top food festivals, a gastronomic gathering extraordinaria.

This four-day, annual food fest sees top chefs, industry professionals, journalists and foodies from around the world congregate, collaborate and consume. With a focus on culinary innovation, the event showcases cutting-edge cooking techniques, trends, and flavours.

Participants can attend masterclasses, demonstrations, and workshops led by esteemed chefs, allowing them to learn and exchange ideas and enter culinary competitions. A vibrant marketplace offers the chance to sample and savour a wide range of gastronomic delights.

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 13+
Frequency: annually
When: October
Duration: 4 days

Getting there & doing it

The event is currently held in the Kursaal Congress Centre in San Sebastian.

Anyone can buy tickets through the website or approved outlets. Choose between full-access passes for the entire duration or single-day passes.

Once you have your ticket, you can attaned a wide range of events and activities, including attending masterclasses and workshops, live cooking demonstrations, tastings, and exploring the bustling marketplace. All the events are listed on the website.

When to do it

The festival is held in early October each year.

Destination guides including or relevant to this experience

San Sebastian

Basque Country, Spain

Concha beach with beachfront hotels

A grand but charming beach resort in northern Spain famous for its glut of Michelin-recognised restaurants and superb pintxos. Thie foodie destination is also a short hop from the world-class wines of La Rioja.

Basque Country

Basque Country, Spain

External view looking to the entrance. The curvy building has mountains behind

Fascinating ancient traditions, world-famous gourmet treats, Spain’s finest wine region and a gorgeous golden coastline.