Tasty Carnival Treats from Around the World

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Carnival is a holiday celebrated around the world in various countries in either February or March, depending on the year.

It’s a celebration that marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period leading up to Easter in the Christian religion.

Different countries have large Carnival celebrations, in which special foods are often consumed. Here’s a look at some of the best from different places.

Pao de Queijo

Pao de Queijo is a traditional Carnival food in Brazilian cities such as Rio de Janeiro. It’s made of an outer shell of cassava flour, which is fried with cheese inside of it


Filloas are an integral food to celebrate Carnival in the Galicia region of Spain. Similar to crepes, they are thin pancakes which are often topped with powdered sugar or chocolate.

Crawfish Boil

In Louisiana, residents have their own celebration of Carnival, which is called Mardi Gras. A common feast is served of boiled crawfish, a small lobster-like animal native to the region.

Macaroni Pie

In the Emilia region of Italy, residents traditionally consume this baked macaroni and cheese dish to ring in the Carnival season.