Tailor made culinary tours are becoming an increasingly popular form of bespoke travel experience because they offer the chance to enjoy the world’s best food, drink and culture up close.
Food adventures have become particularly popular with smart, inquisitive global citizens as they provide a privileged peek into the secrets and inner workings of a country’s culinary and cultural heritage.
In Japan, for example, travellers can explore the finer points of what is widely considered one of the world’s most delicious and healthy cuisines, guided by a local expert. This means they not only learn how to prepare classic Japanese dishes, but also how to create special local dishes to impress friends and family when they return home.
You can test your skills at mukimono, for example, the skill of carving vegetables and fruit . Or gain insights into different strains of sake, shochu, and other Japanese drinks, learning about their history to become more familiar with the present day flavours and varieties.
Likewise, a unique food and culture tour of Vietnam will reveal not only the country’s many culinary charms, but also a culture forged in the past by China’s dynastic rule, French colonialism, and the American War. You can learn the five fundamental taste “elements” that make up the country’s cuisine with personal attendance by chefs skilled at cooking with native ingredients.
Travel south to Singapore and you can indulge in an even greater range of tastes and experiences. As one of the “Asian Tigers”, this island state has long been thrilling foodies with its diverse dishes, not to mention the melting pot of cultures, vibrant nightlife options and multi-cultural highlights.
Finally, for a taste of Europe, Tuscany is undoubtedly a top place to explore on a culinary tour. In addition to enjoying the finest, fresh cuisine,you can shop for unique ingredients and cooking utensils at local stores, then learn from experienced chefs how to use them to create divine Tuscan meals. As the birthplace of the Renaissance, this region also produces some of the most famous wines in the world, so be sure to explore the vineyards.
With so much on offer it’s easy to tailor a trip that includes exactly the type of tastes and experiences to inspire you on a food tour. Some people opt for a longer stay in order to delve deep into the local culture, while others break up country visits into several 3- or 4-day adventures. Either way, your senses will thank you when food and culture lead the way.