Adventure Chat #17 - Fairs and Festivals

When I began participating in Twitter chats I loved the amount of interacting and great information I was seeing. I also noticed that most chats were about travel. While I love traveling, I am more of an adventure junkie and enjoy local activities like camping and hiking and the occasional road trip. So, I started my own Twitter chat called #adventurechat on Monday’s at 10 am pst. It’s a fun and informative way for me to learn from everyone else’s adventures. I’ve had more than one person ask me for a blog transcript so here we go. I’ve taken out all retweets and responses that are confusing as well as putting all Q and A’s in order. While the pictures were beautiful I do not have the right to include them here but they are all a part of the full transcript on

For the 17th chat my guest co-host was @ankit1989 talking about Fairs and Festivals. Here are the questions and transcripts from the chat.


Q1: Which 'Fair or Festival' do you think is the most colourful and unique in this world and why? Share Pics
Q2: Which country do you think is known for it's 'Fairs and Festivals'?
Q3: Which Fair or Festival have you visited recently or is near to your heart and why?
Q4: Which Fair or Festival is on your dream wish-list?
Q5: Why do you visit fairs and festivals?
Q6: How do you think social media can help in promoting fairs and festivals?
Q7: How can local community be benefited by Fairs and Festivals?
Q8: Has any Fair or Festival ever disappointed you? Why?
Q9: Are there any local Fairs or Festivals that you promote worldwide? why?
Q10:  Do you think Fairs/Festivals are losing their shine these days? Why or why not?

• @monicagoesshow I’m so excited to be having a first and joining from 30,000 feet flying over the fly-over states! =)

@oxford_seminars We love an #adventure! Excited for #adventurechat starting now!…

@ankit1989 Hello Everyone!!! Join me and @monicagoesshow now Here We are Talking About Fairs and Festivals

@TravelRedBook we are so excited for #adventurechat today! Tweeting from right outside Washington, D.C.

@HopkinsBayBZ Jumping in to #adventurechat! Hello from Belize!

@BenOnAdventures Great! From good o'l Defiance, Ohio! #AdventureChat

@TravelPassionis Hi everyone, tweeting from a muggy #UK today. #adventurechat

@RWM1980 NH! #adventurechat

@tripcipe Hot California! #adventurechat

@campstake Twitter chat from the air? Like a boss. ✈️ #AdventureChat

@monicagoesshow Haha, thats how I roll! I missed everyone! #adventurechat

@trvl_101 Hi! Tweeting at you from Fredericksburg, VA #adventurechat

@CeecesTravel Here from #Durban #SouthAfrica again! #LoveAndTravelHugs© to all here at #AdventureChat :-)

@VoyagerVicki Hi from right inside DC #adventurechat…

@roamingcurator Looking forward to #adventurechat today! Just back from a music festival.

@vagabondbaker Hei #adventurechat I’m under the clouds in Yorkshire, UK!

@caliparksorg from muggy parts of CA today! #lovingtherain #adventurechat

• @Jessisawanderer Hi all, tweeting from the rather peaceful looking Red Sea tonight! #adventurechat

@cityoftheweek Checking in from the heart of #Transylvania Romania to today's #adventurechat

• @RoatanGallery Ah! I'm so late! Checking in from Caribbean #island of #Roatan! Photo:@ShawnJacksonRTB #adventurechat

@ankit1989 Q1: Which ‘Fair or Festival’ do you think is the most colourful and unique in this world and why? Share Pics 

• @monicagoesshow A1: I love my country festivals but I just did an episode at #comiccon and that was the most colorful #adventurechat

@cityoftheweek A1: as the most colorful, the #Holifestival comes in mind! #adventurechat

@VoyagerVicki A1: You can't beat Burning Man for a festival that's unique and creative. #adventurechat

• @BenOnAdventures Non outdoors related but I feel like Comic Con is unique, well known world wide & colorful, right @monicagoesshow? #AdventureChat

@Jessisawanderer A1: I've never been but I think Rio's carnival stands out as one of the world's best! Hope to go and see one day! #adventurechat

@RWM1980 a1: hot air balloon festival in NH! So many colorful ones, esp.when leaves are changing! #adventurechat

• @vagabondbaker A1 none can be more colourful than #holi It’s crazy different! #adventurechat

@CeecesTravel A1: I have never been, but the videos & images that come out of @tomorrowland have me dreaming #AdventureChat

@VoyagerVicki Me too! I've been wanting to experience Carnival in Rio for years. #adventurechat

• @Charkins71 A1 no idea lol not my kind o adventure #adventurechat

@junkkDNA A1. i like diwali, holi but would love to experience rann of kutch festival, tomatina festival and brazil's carnival #adventurechat

@tripcipe We also love the Tomatina Festival in Spain! #adventurechat

@TravelPassionis Q1. I love the smaller lesser known festivals like the 'Ferias' in Spain. Colourful flamenco dresses everywhere. #adventurechat

@HopkinsBayBZ A1 We're partial to foodie festivals, especially our very own LobsterFest in Belize! #adventurechat

• @VoyagerVicki And hot air balloon festival in Albuquerque. #adventurechat

@monicagoesshow Oooh foodie festivals sound amazing! #adventurechat

@HopkinsBayBZ They're the best! Music + games + GREAT FOOD! The best of all worlds :) #foodie #adventurechat

@samanthamusic A1 Mali's @AuDesertFest ... Best music on earth, yet in exile right now..

@roamingcurator A1: Im biased as I research them, but worlds fairs are fascinating: many world pavilions in one location. First was in 1851. #AdventureChat

@HopkinsBayBZ The festival kicks off our lobster season every June! But don't worry, the season runs through February! #adventurechat

@CeecesTravel A1: @tomorrowland Def a major one on my list! #AdventureChat

@comusetravels A1: I'd vote for Holi. My parents are from India & my mom talked of the vibrant colors often. Pictures I've seen since accord #adventurechat

• @dailysuitcase Best Festival: #trailingofthesheep in @HaileyIdaho & @Ketchum_Idaho Baaa-r none.… #adventurechat #festivals

• @ishootandtravel A1 unique @GrenadaChocoFes in its 2nd year it's all things #chocolate #adventurechat

• @findinganeish A1. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The city is transformed by colourful flyers and sensational street theatre. #adventurechat

@ankit1989 Q2: Which country do you think is known for it’s ‘Fairs and Festivals’?#adventurechat

@cityoftheweek A2: When I hear the word "fair", I can't help but think of the #Italian renaissance fairs! #adventurechat

@monicagoesshow A2: I love music festivals here in America but I feel like South America would have some fun colorful festivals #adventurechat

• @Jessisawanderer A2: I think there are so many countries renowned for their festivals - Mexico, India, Brazil, Thailand... The list is endless #adventurechat

@RWM1980 a2: Mexico! I love Mexican festivals #adventurechat

@BenOnAdventures I feel like the United States is. It's the melting pot of the world! #AdventureChat #Culture

• @TravelPassionis A2. Brazil, for the Rio Carnival. #adventurechat

• @ankit1989 A2 India is the Country which known for it's 'Fairs and Festivals' #adventurechat

• @trvl_101 A2: Brazil! I have seen so many pictures/posts of their Carnival, it makes me excited to go! #adventurechat

@tripcipe Hmm...hard choice, every country has its own unique festivals! We'll give it to England though! #adventurechat

@CeecesTravel A2: Hard one! Not sure about countries, but things like #ThailandFullMoon #BurningMan come to mind #Adventurechat

• @VoyagerVicki A2: India has a lot of great festivals, but the winner has to be Spain--lots of unusual festivals happening all the time #adventurechat

• @vagabondbaker A2 well Thailand has a ton of them! And there seems to be one every weekend in the summer here in UK these days! #adventurechat

• @TravelPassionis So many flower festivals to visit, I love them. I didn't know Madeira has one, thanks for the heads up. #adventurechat

@ankit1989 Samba Dance in Rio #adventurechat

• @tripcipe We just looked up the Cheese rolling festival near Gloucester! #adventurechat

@monicagoesshow YES Cheese, done! Wisconsin has some good dairy festivals as well =) #adventurechat

• @TravelPassionis Very cool, I want to visit Keukenhof nr Amsterdam for their flower parade/festival too. #adventurechat

@micheleherrmann A2: Spain. Festivals like the Running of the Bulls, tomato and music. #adventurechat

• @monicagoesshow HAHA I love a good renaissance fair! Bring on the turkey leg! #adventurechat

@crblogger A2 Japan! This pic is from the Obon Festival honoring ancestors + so many more! #adventurechat

@VoyagerVicki A2: Spain festivals=such unusual festivals as Tomatino, running of the bulls, and El Colacho, the baby jumping festival #adventurechat

@tripcipe Have you done Running of the Bulls?! It looks frightening but very fun! #adventurechat

• @TravelPassionis I agree, even small villages have something on often. I love how social and un-flashy they are. #adventurechat

• @DiscParkRide A2: The U.S. is beginning to have many different music, art, and food festivals across the entire country! #adventurechat

• @BGJensen A2: Nothing like American state fairs. Loved the @IowaStateFair in 2011, huge & fun! #adventurechat #NothingCompares

@comusetravels A2: I hear more of #fairs (state, county) here in #America than I do anywhere else. #Festivals would be different - #India #adventurechat

@iTraqTag A2: When I think 'fair' in Texas, I think corndogs & deep fried foods. This festival looks beautiful. #adventurechat…

• @ishootandtravel A2 it's got to be @edinburgh @edhogmanay was a blast & @edfringe is iconic #adventurechat

• @findinganeish A2. I think Europe, Mexico and Brazil are probably the most famous for festivals. What with Carnival and the like. #adventurechat

@ankit1989 Q3: Which Fair or Festival have you visited recently or is near to your heart and why? #adventurechat

@monicagoesshow A3: Recently, #sdcc for my show but nearest to my heart was Michigan Music Festival. @puremichigan #adventurechat

• @TravelPassionis Japan is high on my wishlist, their festivals seem so elegant and poised. Where waas this one? #adventurechat

@rustysheba never been to #amsterdam on my #bucketlist #adventurechat…

@cityoftheweek A3: Believe it or not, there is a stuffed cabbage #festival in a nearby town which is great fun and absolutely #delicious! #adventurechat

@Jessisawanderer A3: just went to Winter Wonderland in Cape Town. A really lovely community event #adventurechat

@tripcipe We just had an amazing time at the Pride Parade in SF!! Very fun and colorful. #adventurechat #lovewins

@DiscParkRide A3: We recently attended the @ShakyKneesFest in Atlanta, Georgia and it was great! #adventurechat

@HopkinsBayBZ A3 So many! But the dearest to our heart is Garifuna Settlement Day. We party hard each November!… #adventurechat

@CeecesTravel A3: Close to my heart? @splashyfen has been going for 27 years now in #SA. Best #festival #AdventureChat :-)

@monicagoesshow OOh Oktoberfest in Germany would be awesome to go to someday too! #adventurechat

@vagabondbaker A3 haven’t been for a few years but #glastonbury is in my heart forever. Happy times! #adventurechat

@comusetravels A3: Whole Earth and Watershed Festival in Redding, Ca. Had a booth there for my work (chiropractic), it was brilliant! #adventurechat

• @TravelPassionis A3. Recently visited the Wealden Times Midsummer Fair in Kent, #UK it was so British in the historical surroundings. #adventurechat

@Jessisawanderer I love traditional British fairs!! #adventurechat

@HopkinsBayBZ We like our local village mango festival! #adventurechat

• @eepdawe A3 Mummer's Parade/Festival in St. John's, NL! Mummering is a Xmas tradition that has been revitalized #adventurechat

• @ishootandtravel A3 done @edhogmanay for the 1st time year & it was amazing well worth braving the cold #adventurechat

• @findinganeish A3. I cover the Edinburgh and Glasgow film festivals each year, and the programmes for each never cease to amaze & delight. #adventurechat

• @findinganeish A3. When I was younger, however, it was all about Download Festival. Marilyn Manson really knew how to put on a show. #adventurechat

• @ankit1989 Q4: Which Fair or Festival is on your dream wish-list? #Adventurechat

@monicagoesshow A4: Oops I was early! Oktoberfest in Germany is a big one I’d love to see. And the Cherry Festival in #Michigan @puremichigan #adventurechat

• @Jessisawanderer A4: answering honestly, I want to go to them all. Even the little quirky ones that no one knows about!! #adventurechat

@Trip2p A4: Would LOVE to go to the Rise festival! Look at how beautiful it is! #adventurechat #risefestival

• @VoyagerVicki A4: Carnival in Rio is at the top of my festival bucket list. Also, I'd like to experience many of the festivals in Spain. #adventurechat

@Jessisawanderer our village is having its annual horticultural at the end of August. I can't wait to be back for it! #adventurechat

• @BenOnAdventures One of the big Star Wars Celebrations for sure! #AdventureChat #MayTheForceBeWithYou

@rustysheba Q4. right now it is the #Madeira Flower Festival. Spent new years this year, amazing Island #adventurechat…

@tripcipe Battle of the Oranges in Italy! You can tell we love a good food fight! #adventurechat

@monicagoesshow A4: Mardi Gras would be awesome too! #adventurechat

@CeecesTravel A4: I haven't done the @WMFestivalSA as of yet, and have heard its pretty rad! A unique #SA Adventure #AdventureChat

• @cityoftheweek A4: Gotta say the carnival in Rio and the Indian Holi Festival #adventurechat

@comusetravels A4: The Festival of Arts Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, Cali. I've been so captivated by it! #adventurechat

• @vagabondbaker A4 after just coming back from Shetland, Up Helly Aa sounds amazing! #adventurechat Like this!…

• @DiscParkRide A4: We would love to attend Las Fallas in Valencia and the The Carnival of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil! #Adventurechat

• @TravelPassionis A4. Holi in India is on my wishlist, all that colour and vibrancy. #adventurechat

• @Yucatanguide A4 It's probably a mundane answer, but Floriade in the #Netherlands is on my list #adventurechat

• @ishootandtravel A4 it's got to be @burningman #adventurechat

@iTraqTag A4: Close to home I would love to go to the New Orleans Jazz Festival. Also would love Oktoberfest. #adventurechat

• @findinganeish A4. I'd love to attend the Macy's Day Parade, if that counts? Or Toronto Film Festival. #adventurechat

@ankit1989 Q5: Why do you visit fairs and festivals? #Adventurechat

@Cruisewriter Definitely - it's the atmosphere that makes the small town fests so much fun. #adventurechat

@monicagoesshow Hey all! We’re trending! Woot Woot! Way to go #adventurechat!

@tripcipe Awesome! All this #travel talk makes us want to hop on a plane right now! #adventurechat

@monicagoesshow A5: Sometimes it’s music and friends, other times food and drink, and other times culture. A win is all of them! #adventurechat

@rustysheba Q5 best way to experience a countries culture! #Food at its best too #adventurechat…

@DiscParkRide A5: Every fair and festival provides a unique experience and is a great way to meet new people while having fun #adventurechat

• @CeecesTravel A5: Live music, new friends, new interactions & experiences. Away from all the technology #AdventureChat

@BenOnAdventures To get out, meet new people, experience new things, see the culture of an area & a whole lot more! #AdventureChat

@tripcipe To meet new people and experience wonderful unique cultures. :) #adventurechat

@cityoftheweek A5: to have fun, eat great food, be with great people and enjoy the day! #adventurechat

@VoyagerVicki A5: Festivals are a great way to have fun while learning about what's important to a culture. #adventurechat

@Yucatanguide A4 It's probably a mundane answer, but Floriade in the #Netherlands is on my list #adventurechat

@TravelRedBook we visit fairs and festivals to discover new cultures and embrace new celebrations! #adventurechat #lovetravel

• @vagabondbaker A5 Festivals are the perfect escape, great to experience a countries culture #adventurechat

@ind3ed Q5 best way to experience a countries culture! #Food at its best too #adventurechat https:// …

@vagabondbaker yes, the food! #adventurechat

@roamingcurator A5: to experience local culture, music, food; such as etouffee cook off in louisiana. #adventurechat

• @DiscParkRide Wonderful point! They're such a great way to fully immerse yourself in the culture and embrace the people #adventurechat

• @comusetravels A5: Spontaneous whims, to get to know #cities better, & to experience #culture and connectivity at community hubs #adventurechat

@CeecesTravel Agreed sometimes its for culture and history. And sometimes its for friends & good wine :-) #Adventurechat

@ishootandtravel A5 think #festivals are a great way to checkout a countries #culture #adventurechat

• @Trip2p It's such a great way to get immersed onto another culture! #adventurechat

@Yucatanguide A5 Fun, see the locals in action, try new food and drink #adventurechat

@TravelPassionis A5. To soak up the culture amongst local people while they are celebrating and to learn different customs. #adventurechat

• @comusetravels A5: Fairs & Fests are also fusions of #entrepreneurship #theatre health, philosophy, & life-living. It's beautiful! #adventurechat

• @NomadayTravel A5. They are like a compressed doze of local culture music and fun.not 100% but 500% intense experience!#adventurechat

• @HopkinsBayBZ A5 It's the most fun way of getting to know another culture! #adventurechat

• @RWM1980 A5: visit cultural ones to experience new cultures #adventurechat

• @Jessisawanderer A5: I visit fairs and festivals because life would be boring if I didn't! #adventurechat

•  @iTraqTag A5: We visit fairs & festivals for the food, the people watching....and did I mention the food? #AdventureChat…

• @findinganeish A5. To expose myself to new sights, sounds or tastes. To lose myself in a crowd of strangers & buy extortionate merchandise. #adventurechat

@ankit1989 Q6: How do you think social media can help in promoting fairs and festivals? #Adventurechat

• @BenOnAdventures It's a great way to spread the word about a festival or fair! #AdventureChat

@cityoftheweek Yes, culture and history are also very important and extremely interesting! #adventurechat

@VoyagerVicki A6: Twitter chats like this are a grt way to find out abt new festivals. I'm now interested in mumming & orange fighting : ) #adventurechat

• @rustysheba Q6: with so many ways of sharing pictures,. and videos word gets out fast! #adventurechat…

• @DiscParkRide A6:Social media helps to make people aware of the beauty & joys associated with festivals & encourages attendance #adventurechat

@rustysheba A6: Twitter chats like this are a grt way to find out abt new festivals. I'm now interested in mumming & orange fighting …

• @cityoftheweek A6: SM can help advertise lesser-known festivals to the public! Like the stuffed cabbage fest I just told you about :) #adventurechat

@HopkinsBayBZ Yes! Twitter chats are the fastest way to get your wanderlust pumping! #adventurechat…

@ankit1989 All of us Love Festivals #Adventurechat…

• @monicagoesshow A6: I think when people see photos on sites like @instagram and read blog about experiences it makes them want to go #adventurechat

@NomadayTravel spreads the news with the speed of light into enormous amount of ppl.Like never before!#adventurechat

@tripcipe Getting people together with similar interest and asking them what they want to see and do! #adventurechat

• @ishootandtravel A6 it bring awareness & exposure of the event if you invite some nice bloggers that is ie ME to talk about it #adventurechat

@monicagoesshow I want to go to a #wine festival! #adventurechat

@TravelPassionis A6. Realtime flow of what is happening when, aids orientation and tourism. #adventurechat

@ankit1989 Music and Music #Adventurechat…

• @CeecesTravel A6: I think the reach that #Social Media allows news to carry to alone has a HUGE impact #adventurechat

@rustysheba Definitely. and also many Travel shows and ethnic programs show beautiful programs, eye opening #adventurechat…

@ankit1989 Yes! Your idea of promoting Cabbage Festival really works here #Adventurechat

@CeecesTravel Much agreed! #Bloggers really do have a great impact on #events of all types #adventurechat

@iTraqTag A6: My current travel wish list is filled w/destinations I learned about on Instagram or these chats. #adventurechat…

@rustysheba Portugal! definitly an amazing place for #Wine and #Food #adventurechat…

@RoatanGallery A6:We live on an island & hard to know what's going on- social media great to find out about events! #adventurechat

@Jessisawanderer A6: I've just been distracted from this chat looking at the mentioned festivals and which ones I can go to next yr! #adventurechat

• @findinganeish A6. Something like Pinterest has huge potential for sharing glimpses of festival life. And Twitter for uniting people online. #adventurechat

@ankit1989 Q7: How can local community be benefited by Fairs and Festivals? #Adventurechat

• @monicagoesshow A7: Fairs/Festivals are a huge boost in tourism, money for local businesses, and exposure to their community. #adventurechat

@TravelPassionis A7. It can bring in extra revenue especially in off-peak or shoulder seasons. #adventurechat

• @HopkinsBayBZ A7 Our local community is the one throwing these festivals! We do it for our village family... but everyone is invited! #adventurechat

• @CeecesTravel A7: Exposure for start up companies, travel & tourism exposure, community engagement #adventurechat

•  @rustysheba Q7. twitter, pictures, facebook, sharing is caring. Its evident by its prosperity with tourism #adventurechat…

@findinganeish A7. Festivals are a huge draw for smaller communities. Bringing tourists and talent from around the world. #adventurechat

• @NomadayTravel A7:except from financial obvious benefits they can preserve old traditions better and gain fans&supporters #adventurechat

• @BenOnAdventures That was a great talk today!! I really enjoyed talking with all of you! #AdventureChat

@cityoftheweek LOVED today's #adventurechat! Great talking to you guys! See you next week!

• @monicagoesshow Wow that was a fast hour! Thanks everyone for joining and thanks to my guest co-host @ankit1989 for the fun questions! #adventurechat

@CeecesTravel Thanks for such a great #Chat! #Adventurechat

• @TravelPassionis Thanks to you both, great topic :) #adventurechat

@tripcipe Thanks for hosting another great #adventurechat!

@ankit1989 Thanks All for joining us and special thanks to host @monicagoesshow #Adventurechat