Close your eyes. Think about your favourite city or some other place you would like to visit. Now, imagine a delicious food that you just love it! I’m sure you felt that little smile in the corner of your mouth while you had these two visions. That’s it, eating and travelling are things that really move us. Tell us the truth, is there anything better than joining these two passions in one food travel?
Food Travel – Definition
In general terms, food travel means moving around to explore the gastronomic offer of a specific place, whether far or near. But this is nothing new, exploring the cuisine and the pleasures of the table have always been associated with leisure time. However, in this type of travel, the culinary experience is no longer just a complement. It has now become in many cases the main motivation in choosing a destination and the way to explore it.
Why Food Travel?
What we want to highlight is that, when we combine travel with gastronomy, there is a whole set of experiences and learnings about the history, traditions, environment and local culture that go beyond the taste. It is great to become aware of that, for us travellers, and also for the destination.
Best of all, it’s a democratic and flexible way to travel. Currently, there are product offerings and experiences that fit in the pocket and preferences of the many different types of travellers.
Food and Travel, an experience we never forget
On a trip, we want to have different experiences from our daily lives. These experiences become more memorable when you feel connected with it. That’s exactly how food plays its role.
Food is a universal language. After all, no matter where you came from, food is certainly part of your history. This is why every travel memory always comes with a taste.
The experience is for everyone
It is a mistake to think that this type of trip is only for those who like to (and can) eat in renowned restaurants, or visit expensive wineries. The food tourism industry is creative and aware of the interests of travellers. Nowadays, it is easier to explore a gastronomic culture in many ways: in the countryside or in the city, individually or in groups, with luxury, with adventure. There is a broad range of offers and prices.
We should not fail to mention that technology has helped a lot of those who seek food experiences during a trip. With the advancement of the internet, you can easily find restaurant reviews, menu translations, independent guides, local dining platforms and more.
For example, how about to include a cooking class on your next trip? In addition to having fun while learning traditional dishes, you can afterwards cook these dishes at home to remember the trip and even share the experience with friends and family.
Do you want more ideas? Take a look at our list with examples of what to do on a culinary trip.
Activities of Food Tourism:
- Take a street food tour;
- Tasting of local dishes and beverages;
- Follow product routes of a particular region (e.g. Travel on the Brazilian coffee route);
- Eat at traditional restaurants;
- Share meals with local people;
- Participate in gastronomic events and festivals;
- Visit local markets;
- Learn about the production of food by visiting farms and artisan producers;
- Participate in cooking classes;
- Visit exhibitions that explain the history of local cuisine;
- Gastronomic expeditions with chefs and specialists.
You can include some of these activities on your trip independently or through agencies. In fact, there are many agencies dedicated to this type of tourism that organize immersive gastronomic expeditions. Just imagine, what a travel delight!
How to Food Travel
There is a secret to unlock the full potential of this style of travel: Curiosity.
Try to understand not only what people eat, but why they eat in one way or another, what are the local ingredients, what is the story behind the food they prepare. Ask, interact and smile.
It makes a difference to go beyond the plate
You will find that you will be learning much more about the local culture, directly from the locals, exchanging information, experimenting with new flavours, and having fun.
Something that always strikes us, for example, is to notice the similarities between the cuisine of distant countries or to think about how ingredients reached different parts of the globe and are used in different ways. For example, have you ever wondered how important the chilli pepper is for Asian cuisine even though it is a native ingredient to the Americas? With each trip, a new discovery!
A Food Travel is much more than travelling to eat
We can learn a lot from a trip like this, meet people with different realities, lifestyle, and encourage the preservation of traditions.
By sharing the table with local people, listening to their stories and talking about typical dishes, you will feel part of the place and will appreciate aspects that were previously unknown.
On your next trip, try to understand and feel the destination by exploring the local cuisine and I’m sure you will never forget this experience.
Count on us for your gastronomic journeys and happy travel!