Food Trivia Questions and Answers | The ultimate food quiz 2020

In the words of renowned American chef, Julia Child, “people who love to eat are always the best people.” We’d argue that people who love to quiz are top of the pile, so we’ve gone ahead and mixed the two together, in this epic food and drinks quiz piece! If you’re thinking of running a trivia night themed around cooking (or just dining), we’ve collected 100 great food trivia questions and answers; a veritable feast of trivia! 

Feast your eyes on ten rounds of ten questions each, where we’ve sprinkled in easy, medium and difficult questions to keep your contestants guessing. We also think that a food quiz does lend itself to a few visuals, so go ahead and get a Picture Round ready with appetising images of the food and drinks on offer.

Whether it’s just fun food trivia or dishes from around the globe with our world food trivia questions and answers, we’ve got you – the quizmaster – covered.

Fast Food Trivia Questions

From burgers to burritos and everything in between, fast food has swept the globe in the last few decades, and is a real ‘leveller’ when it comes to trivia. Kick off your epic food trivia night with a few fantastic fast food trivia questions and answers:

1. Previously widely used in commercials, what is the name of the McDonalds character who attempts to hoard all the burgers for himself?     

2. How many calories are there in a Burger King Whopper (sandwich only): 330, 630 or 930?          

3. Which drink, now a popular fast food, typically contained both eggs and whiskey when it originated in the late 1800s? 

4. Which Mexican food has a name meaning “little donkey”?        

5. Which fast food restaurant has the largest number of outlets in the world?       

6. Modern pizza originated around which Italian city, as a means to feed poor people quickly and cheaply?               

7. Which fast food restaurant was founded in Indiana in 1934 and had 500 UK outlets by the 1970s? Soon after this it disappeared completely from the US and fewer than 60 UK outlets remain.       

8. Which soft drinks company produces Sprite, Fanta and Lilt?       

9. Where on Cuba would you find the island’s only McDonalds?    

10. Salted flour, thyme, basil, oregano, garlic salt, celery salt, black pepper, white pepper, mustard powder, paprika and ginger are rumoured to be the secret ingredients of which fast food?    

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Fast Food Trivia Answers

  1. The Hamburgler
  2. 630
  3. Milk shake
  4. Burrito
  5. Subway
  6. Naples
  7. Wimpy
  8. Coca cola
  9. Guantanamo Bay (a United States naval base)
  10. KFC

Interesting fact: This fried chicken recipe was “revealed” by Colonel Sanders’ nephew Joe Ledington, who claims it comes from a handwritten note. The company who own KFC did not confirm the ingredients, but have said that in the 1940’s, the Colonel used to display the ingredients above the door of his gas station diner.

World Food Trivia Questions

For round two of your epic food trivia quiz, why not go around the world in ten dishes? We’ve collected 10 lip-smackingly good food quiz questions about meals and delicacies from across the globe:

1. Which Italian cheese has a name which translates as “sweet milk”?      

2. Often roasted whole on a stick and considered a delicacy in parts of Ecuador and Peru, what type of animal is a “cuy”? 

3. Which curry house favourite is named after the city now called Chennai?           

4. In which country might you be invited to a “hāngi”, where your food would be roasted in a pit under the ground?               

5. Popular in Scandinavia, what is the main ingredient of a rollmop?          

6. The words “chocolate”, “chilli” and “avocado” derive from the language of which ancient people?        

7. One of the most popular condiments in the world, which 2,200 year old sauce is made from fermented beans, grain, brine and fungus?          

8. Although famously grown in a country in Australasia, which fruit is also known as the Chinese gooseberry?      

9. Bobotie is the national dish of which country?  

10. Also a well-known central European food, what is the German word for whirlpool?       

World Food Trivia Answers

  1. Dolcelatte
  2. Guinea pig
  3. Madras
  4. New Zealand
  5. Herring
  6. The Aztecs
  7. Soy Sauce
  8. Kiwi fruit
  9. South Africa
  10. Strudel

Healthy Food Trivia Questions

You don’t need to be plant-based to enjoy some of these particularly puzzling trivia questions and answers about healthy food. You might say you can’t ‘beet’ ‘em!

1. What is the common name for the meat of a deer, elk or antelope which is typically far leaner than alternatives such as beef?   

2. Named after the hotel where it originated, which salad contains celery, apples, walnuts and grapes?    

3. Which derogatory nickname was given to British sailors of the 19th century in reference to the Navy’s practice of adding lemon juice to their rum to prevent scurvy?        

4. In the traditional nursey rhyme, what is healthy about Jack Spratt’s diet?           

5. Although rich in Vitamin C and polyphenols, less than 5% of Britain’s blackcurrants are consumed raw. What specific product is the destiny of the other 95%?              

6. What is the French term used to describe mixed raw vegetables, often served with a dipping sauce?     

7. Although eaten locally for thousands of years, production of which seed or grain has roughly tripled in the Andes since the 1990s?

8. The name of which food derives from the Latin for “salted”, referring to the traditional practice of preserving vegetables in brine?      

9. Which fictional character is credited with increasing spinach consumption in the US by a third?

10. Which food has the highest percentage water content?               

Healthy Food Trivia Round Answers

  1. Venison
  2. Waldorf salad
  3. Limeys
  4. He ate no fat!

Jack Spratt could eat no fat.
His wife could eat no lean.
And so betwixt the two of the them.
They licked the platter clean.

  1. Made into Ribena
  2. Crudités
  3. Quinoa
  4. Salad
  5. Popeye
  6. Cucumber

Interesting fact: The cucumber is 96.7% water. Iceberg lettuce and celery also make the podium with 95%+ water content. Watermelons do indeed contain more water than other melons but only slightly: watermelon is 91.5% water and a cantaloupe melon is 90.1% water.

Food Trivia Questions about the USA

The home of burgers, clam chowder and deep-dish pizzas, the United States of America has contributed some good (albeit sometimes carb-laden) dishes to the international menu. Test your contestants’ knowledge with a few well-placed American food trivia questions and answers.

1. Why did the Carolina Reaper enter the Guinness Book of Records in 2017?         

2. What is the best-selling flavour of ice cream in the United States?          

3. Jambalaya, incorporating French, Spanish and Caribbean influence, first became popular in which city in the United States?

4. Which popular Southern dish comprises soft dough quick breads and a sauce made of sausage dripping, flour and milk?    

5. Which drink is normally spelled with an “e” in the United States and Ireland, but without an “e” in other countries that produce it?              

6. What kind of plant does the Colorado beetle attack?     

7. Consumed by two Americans, bacon cubes, peaches and sugar cookie cubes was the first ever meal to be eaten where?

8. Which thick soup, the official cuisine of Louisiana, often contains okra as well as bell pepper, celery, onion and meat or seafood?       

9. In which US state might you eat laulau?              

10. Which now ubiquitous food was pioneered by German immigrant Anton Feuchtwanger in the early 1900s in the Midwest?   

Hawaii

Food Trivia about the USA Round Answers

  1. The world’s hottest chilli
  2. Vanilla
  3. New Orleans
  4. Biscuits and gravy
  5. Whiskey/whisky
  6. Potato
  7. The Moon
  8. Gumbo
  9. Hawaii
  10. Hot dog

Fun fact: Feuchtwanger initially lent gloves to customers so they could eat the hot sausages he sold. Finding that many of the gloves were not returned, he swapped them for a bun.

Food Trivia Questions about the United Kingdom

The UK isn’t all bangers and mash and mushy peas. The cuisine is more varied than you might think, plus the selection on offer is full of great ideas for trivia quiz questions! Here are a few ideas for a round on UK food:

1. What type of sausage, typically flavoured with pepper, is served in a large coil and named after an area of Northern England?            

2. Which town in Lancashire gives its name to a small, round pastry cake filled with currants?       

3. Which three sheep organs are minced with oatmeal to make haggis?    

4. What is the name of the traditional cockney dish of specific fish cooked in spiced stock which is then allowed to set and cool?           

5. Launched by Fry’s in 1914, what confectionary is a rose-flavoured gel wrapped in milk chocolate?          

6. Cullen Skink is a traditional Scottish soup whose main ingredients are potato and what?             

7. Name any of the ingredients of a Glamorgan sausage.  

8. Popular in Northern Ireland, a “farl” is a type of what? 

9. What was the name of a Cadburys dark chocolate and also a model village built by Cadbury’s?

10. Gregg’s launched a successful new product made from fermented mould in 2018. What was it?               

Food Trivia about the United Kingdom Answers

  1. Cumberland
  2. Eccles
  3. Heart, lungs and liver
  4. Jellied eels
  5. Turkish delight
  6. Haddock
  7. Cheese / leek / breadcrumbs / onion (it is vegetarian)
  8. Bread
  9. Bourneville
  10. Vegan sausage roll

Interesting fact: Fusarium Venenatum is a microfungus or mould discovered growing in the soil in Buckinghamshire in the 1960s. It is fermented to form the mycoprotein Quorn. A popular online marketing campaign helped sales to take off.

Food Trivia Questions about Europe

Last, but not least in the regional round-up, it’s worth including a quickfire round about Europe. Many of the globe’s most notable dishes come countries like France, Spain and Italy, so there is some rich quiz territory to explore.

1. What would you get if you ordered albóndigas on a Spanish tapas menu?          

2. A traditional Austrian wiener schnitzel is made of what meat? 

3. When told that they had no bread, what did Marie Antoinette supposedly suggest the poor people of France should eat?      

4. Which pasta shape has a name meaning little tongues?

5. What is the main ingredient of borscht, a popular soup throughout Eastern Europe?     

6. Which Portuguese island gives its name to both a cake and a fortified wine?     

7. What sort of food are pierogi, popular throughout Poland and Ukraine?              

8. What is the name given to the Greek dip of strained yoghurt with garlic, cucumber and olive oil?           

9. In which country are colcannon and champ popular dishes?      

10. Oeufs à la neige are a French desert of what, floating in custard?            

Food Trivia about Europe Answers

  1. Meatballs
  2. Veal
  3. Cake
  4. Linguini
  5. Beetroot
  6. Madeira
  7. Dumplings
  8. Tzatziki
  9. Ireland
  10. Meringues

Drinks Trivia Questions

Enough with the food, let’s get onto the tipples! We’ve collected ten cracking quiz questions about drinks (alcohol and teetotaller alike), for you to use in a drinks trivia round:

1. Scrumpy is a type of which alcoholic drink?        

2. Named after an area of New York, which cocktail contains whisky, sweet vermouth and bitters?             

3. Which spirit is distilled from the Agave cactus?

4. Brewed in Surabaya, Bintang is the national beer of which country?      

5. The juice of which two fruits can be found in Lilt (they make up approximately 5% of the drink)?            

6. Which country grows the most coffee in the world?       

7. Which type of wine is made of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay grapes?        

8. What does the abbreviation UHT (a method of preserving milk) stand for?         

9. Which juice drink comes in flavours such as Mango Madness, Kiwi Strawberry and What-A-Melon?      

10. Which berry is the predominant flavour in gin?

Bombay Sapphire Gin

Drinks Trivia Round Answers

  1. Cider
  2. Manhattan
  3. Tequila (or Mezcal)
  4. Indonesia
  5. Pineapple and Grapefruit
  6. Brazil
  7. Champagne
  8. Ultra Heat Treatment / Ultra High Temperature processing
  9. Snapple
  10. Juniper

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General Food and Drink Trivia Questions

Need another round to challenge your trivia contestants? We’ve put together ten simple questions which will put their food and drinks knowledge to the test:

1. What type of food can be “chestnut”, “oyster” or “button”?     

2. Widely eaten during the Second World War, “spam” is a contraction of which two words that describe it as a product?             

3. Which fruit is the most calorific per gram?          

4. Which hugely popular flavouring is derived from a particular species of orchid from several islands in the Indian Ocean?

5. Which spice comes from a crocus plant?              

6. What is the main ingredient of nasi goreng?      

7. Arbequina, Manzanilla and Gordal are varieties of what?            

8. Of all the artists that share their name exactly with a foodstuff, who has sold the most records?             

9. What role does the Asian Palm Civet play in the production of Kopi Luwak coffee?         

10. Early references to which British fast food staple can be found in two novels by Charles Dickens?           

Civet Cat

General Food and Drink Trivia Answers

  1. Mushroom
  2. Spiced ham
  3. Avocado
  4. Vanilla
  5. Saffron
  6. Rice
  7. Olive
  8. Red Hot Chilli Peppers (marginally ahead of Meatloaf)
  9. It eats, digests and defecates the coffee beans, partially fermenting them in doing so
  10. Fish and chips

Interesting fact: Great Expectations features a Fried Fish Warehouse and in A Tale of Two Cities the characters eat “chips of potato, fried with some reluctant drops of oil”. Although fried fish had been brought to Britain by Jewish immigrants centuries earlier, it was not commonly eaten with chips until the mid-1800s when Joseph Malin ran out of fish in his East London restaurant. He replaced the fish with chips and, when fish came back in stock, found that customers wanted to order both together.

Food and drink trivia from films and television

Closing out your ultimate food and drinks trivia night, take some time to explore questions related to food and drinks within entertainment, with these tricky questions on food within film and TV. This round also lends itself to being a picture round, as you could always use images from the relevant films and TV programmes to spice it up:

1. How were Clarissa Dickson-Wright and Jennifer Paterson known on UK television?       

2. Which reality TV show starring Gordon Ramsay, first aired in the U.S. in 2005?  

3. Which celebrity chef was played by Meryl Streep in a 2009 film?             

4. Which TV chef has children called Daisy Boo, Buddy Bear and Petal Blossom Rainbow, amongst other equally eye-rolling names? 

5. Which 1992 film starred Steven Seagal as a ship’s cook who saves a US Navy vessel from terrorists?      

6. In a famous scene from the film Pulp Fiction, Vincent tells Jules that which item is called a “Royale with Cheese” in France?

7. What does Violet Beauregard turn into in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory / Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory?              

8. In which film is there a famous “spaghetti scene” where the two characters end up kissing because they are both eating the same strand of pasta?            

9. Which food is like life, according to Forrest Gump’s momma, because “you never know what you’re gonna get”?               

10. Which peanut confectionary does Elliot use to lure E.T.?              

Food and drink trivia from films and television round answers

  1. Two Fat Ladies
  2. Hell’s Kitchen
  3. Julia Child
  4. Jamie Oliver
  5. Under Siege
  6. Quarter Pounder (with cheese)
  7. A blueberry
  8. Lady and the Tramp
  9. (A box of) chocolates
  10. Reese’s Pieces

Interesting fact: Mars Inc. were approached by the film production company who wanted to use M&Ms in this scene. Rivals Hershey agreed to spend $1 million promoting the film and were allowed to use E.T. in their own advertisements. The scene is considered one of the most successful product placements of all time – sales of Reese’s Pieces shot up 85%.

We hope this food trivia quiz has, at best, challenged your contestants and, at worst, made everyone ravenously hungry! If you think we’ve missed any easy food trivia questions and answers, do pop them in the comments below.


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