August 14th, 2013
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Humans have a strange relationship with food. This seems to be a global truth that is perhaps best evidenced by the array of unusual food festivals the world over. We don't merely celebrate food, we wrestle in it, wage war with it, idolize it, and, in Gloucestershire, England, race it down a steep hill.

No matter what your favorite food is, chances are somewhere, large gatherings of aficionados have found some outlandish way to commemorate it. Even Spam has found a place of honor.

"Hawaii is one of the biggest consumers of Spam in the world," explains Karen Winpenny, an organizer of the annual Waikiki Spam Jam, which last year had 25,000 visitors. Hormel Foods sells more product in Hawaii per person than in any other U.S. state. According to the Spam Jam website, almost seven million cans of the stuff are eaten in Hawaii every year.

The festival's dozen or so vendors demonstrate the meat-product's unexpected versatility.

"This year, we had Spam cheesecake and Spam ice cream. In the past, we've had Spam ravioli, Spam kotsu, Spam poki, Spam French fries - pretty much everything can be made with Spam," says Winpenny.

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  1. Private personal training

    25,000 People show up, how many actually eat anything?

    January 28, 2014 at 4:31 pm |
  2. Culinary Blasphemy

    Reblogged this on Culinary Blasphemy and commented:
    CRAZY!

    August 15, 2013 at 1:21 am |
  3. cali girl

    Was watching an show on food net, where the chef's get a mystery basket. I came into the program when the plate was out, and so without knowing what was being cooked, they referred to the item as Lamb Fries. On the plate all of them looked like disc shapes, breaded and fried. Forgot about it till the next day, having dinner with the hubby when it popped into my head, "what the heck are lamb fries?". A quick couple of taps on the smartphone and voila. Almost lost my appetite.
    I grew up on a cow farm and it was normal for the cowboys to fry up the testicles of the bulls they castrated. Even that was yuck.

    August 14, 2013 at 6:38 pm |
  4. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    I was about to say, the Cheese Wheel Race better be on the list.

    I'd actually be interested in the Roadkill Cook-off. The bugs, not so much.

    August 14, 2013 at 6:24 pm |
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