With the Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner, we’re all looking forward to filling up on holiday favorites like turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. But we do that every year, am I right? If you’re looking to shake up your Thanksgiving, we’ve got some tips for you.
Try visiting another country during their Thanksgiving. Believe it or not, there are several other countries around the world that also celebrate Thanksgiving, or have their own version of it. Plan your visit around this super fun holiday, and you’ll get to plop yourself right in the middle of another culture—and right in the middle of some of its best food!
First stop on our world Thanksgiving food tour, Germany! Erntedank or Erntedankfest is Germany’s Thanksgiving festival, and it usually takes place in early October. The date of Erntedankfest changes year to year, so double check the calendar before you plan your trip!
The Germans celebrate with live music, parades, fireworks, and of course—food! Goose is the more traditional meat served during this time, but turkey is also gaining in popularity. Stroll through the local churches and town squares, and you’ll find tables full of food, wine tasting booths along the streets, and food stands serving traditional German dishes like weinerschnitzel. Erntedankfest is not as family orientated as American Thanksgiving, so get ready for a party atmosphere and tons of fun!
If you’re craving pie and a bit of spice this Thanksgiving season, head to Canada! The US’s northern cousin has a similar Thanksgiving tradition to our own. The main difference? A heavy helping of maple syrup! (Don’t even pretend you’re surprised.) Maple roasted carrots and maple-bacon glazed turkey feature prominently in the meal, alongside wild rice and spicy pumpkin pie. Canadian Thanksgiving is the second Monday every October, so make sure to plan your trip before all the poutine is gone! Mmmm.
Dia de Acao de Gracas means Thanksgiving Day in Portuguese, and it’s one of the few phrases you’ll need to learn if you’re headed to Brazil for the holiday! Held on the fourth Thursday of November, Thanksgiving in Brazil has a lot of similarities with the US holiday, but with a few exotic twists. Although peru or turkey in Brazil is part of the main dish, cranberries are not. Gasp! We know! But don’t worry, Brazilians prepare a local dish that’s arguably even better called feijoada. The feijoada fruit is very similar to the cranberry, but can be locally sourced. Yum!
Even though it’s already passed, this list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning China’s August Moon Festival, which takes place on August 15th every year. This festival is one of the most celebrated and family orientated holidays in China, making it very similar to Thanksgiving in the US and Canada. During this time, families gather for dinner and enjoy moon cakes—instead of pumpkin pie. Traditionally, neighbors send moon cakes to each other as a way of giving thanks for a plentiful harvest with one another. Additionally, lovers are encouraged to come out and admire the moon at its brightest. Roasted duck can be found on many dinner tables, served with delicacies like river snails, hairy crab, and more!
5.) United States
Headed to the US for Thanksgiving? You’re in for a treat! Thanksgiving in the US is all about family, food, and football—but mainly the food. Get excited for roast turkey (or ham with pineapple for some), cranberry sauce, stuffing, sweet potato, cornbread, and more! The United States is a melting pot of all different ethnicities, so your Thanksgiving meal may vary, but the memories you’ll make and that feeling of “Phew! I can’t eat another bite!” won’t disappoint.
Where will you be headed this Thanksgiving? Do you have any favorite holiday foods? Let us know in the comments!