Food Tour: Travel and Taste the Culture
“Smell, taste, color- these are those ingredients which keep our memories alive.”
Certainly, science says about this. Also the historians say that the best way to feel the aristocracy of the culture of a country is to taste their food.
Suppose, you are on a tour and you are tasting the most delicious food in your life. Definitely you will remember this tour forever and undoubtedly you will gossip about it to your friends and family and maybe to your grandchild when you are too old to make any more tour. Yes, tasting food and sightseeing are a great combination to experience the culture of a reign while you are on tour and this type of tours are known as a food tourism or culinary travel. And now-a-days food tour is in high demand and considered as the most attractive form of travelling to the tourists and travelers.
History of Food Tourism
History says, in all ages people loved to eat good food and so Culinary tourism is not a complete new concept. But food tourism emerged as a new travel trend and got popularity in the early 2001 when the book of Erik Wolf, President of the International Culinary Tourism Association about food tourism got published. So, it’s prominent that Culinary tourism is a combined creation of modern and historical culture.
Pattern of Food Tour
Culinary tourism encompasses numerous culinary experiences, like the kitchen gadget stores, cooking school, food tours, tour leaders, caterers, breweries, food manufacturers, distilleries, culinary media, wineries, culinary attractions and so on. And so the pattern of food tour varies depending on the culture and geographic area.
Duration: Duration of a food tour can vary depending on country, location and season. But, most accepted duration for a culinary is 3 to 10 hours (means a day). Or it could by multi days trip in some countries.
Dishes: A Food tour, simply presents the most popular and delicious dishes of a place which will uphold their culture. For example: Milan’s Ossobucco or Risotto and Venice’s Fegato are the most popular dishes in Italy. So, in a food tour in Italy a traveler will certainly taste those dishes including other food items like- the cheeses, pastas, vegetables, wines, fresh fishes, ice-cream, truffles and so on. French food is also very popular to the travelers. New York has the glory to have some best world cuisine. In the local fairs in New York, you will find a lot of tasty dishes starting from pastrami sandwiches to the smoked salmon and bagels. Middle Eastern foods like – Mezze. Grills, Baklava, Stuffed Vine leaves, Feta, Tobbouleh, Babaghanoush, and Hummus are also very tasty and delicious.
Sightseeing: Sightseeing is another prominent part of a food tour. It’s simple that you will not leave a place only eating the local food, you will also go for sightseeing too.
The foodie find can take place in a small or big, modest or luxurious restaurants. You can also pay a visit to a local food fairs or taste street food. To have a great experience in a food tour, you should dine with the local people. To get the best eating experience, you should cook some local foods using cookbooks and taste them before you pay visit in a certain location.
Why it is Famous
Food tourism is an effective way to taste and experience the culture of a country as you are not only tasting a home-cooked food, but o you are also experiencing a slice of local tradition and culture. And so food tourism is getting popular dad by day as the culture is moving out from the museum to be a living experience of consumption.