Foodies can now learn the world’s culinary secrets first hand by joining a personalized culinary and cultural tour such as those run by professional companies like Culture Bites.
These dynamic food experiences take you to the heart of a nation’s cooking culture with guided forays into fresh markets, as well as taste experiences at the best local restaurants and visits to cultural landmarks and specialty shops.
Travelers on a food tour get closer to cooks and their kitchens, which allows them to come away with knowledge and cooking skills that could not be gleaned with a less hands-on approach to culinary exploration. That’s why such trips are now popular with everyone from professional chefs and homemakers to savvy travellers and culture vultures.
Well structured, guided food tours not only give you a chance to learn about the food, drink and history of the world’s most enticing culinary destinations; they also give you a genuine taste of the culture behind the cuisine. A tour of Tuscany, for example, will reveal her ancient secrets as you explore the vineyards and private kitchens. Participants don’t only read and hear about the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle – on a food tour they learn to live it by venturing into regions defined by their food and wine.
For those interested in Asian cuisine, a visit to Singapore will reveal a wondrous melting pot of influences as you explore its vibrant markets and learn to create dishes born in China, Malaysia and India. This extremely modern yet wonderfully preserved colonial city holds many treats and secrets, and on a bespoke culinary tour visitors can uncover and enjoy them with experienced chefs leading the way.
The rich history and culture of Vietnam is another favourite among foodies, and a culinary tour there will include elements the French and Chinese cuisine, both of which imbue the nation’s favourite dishes with international grace notes. With its ancient and contemporary mix, the culture of this colourful country is as diverse and intriguing as its food.
A broad selection of tours are now offered to discerning food travellers, from short 3- or 4-day snapshots to extended journeys that offer a more in-depth understanding of city and country destinations – and their food.
Either way, on the best culinary tours you’ll enjoy first-hand attention from experienced guides trained in the culinary arts, who also have a true understanding of the cultural background of their chosen cuisine.