FOOD TV – Sundays from 6 September, 9.30pm

Festivals are the one time of the year where families, communities and whole countries come together to celebrate. But what do these ritual festivals tell us about people and their cultures? Travelling to Japan, India and Mexico, epicurean and author Stefan Gates follows the build-up to some of these countries’ most important religious and cultural food extravaganzas and joins in the extraordinarily lavish affairs that sometimes last for days at a time. He takes part alongside families and communities as they unite for an unforgettable few days of eating, drinking, dancing, singing and dressing up in ways that are totally unique to their culture.