Food & Wine Travel
Are you a foodie who loves to travel? An ardent fan of Anthony Bourdain? Or do you simply enjoy sampling the cuisine of destinations you visit? If yes, then you are very familiar with culinary travel, or food tourism.
In my own, unofficial view, culinary travel takes you anywhere in the world in pursuit or enjoyment of authentic, local culinary traditions. Officially, culinary tourism, or “food tourism” is a broader concept that can include travel away from home or down the street.
A definition of food tourism
According to the World Food Travel Association (formerly the International Culinary Tourism Association), food tourism is “the pursuit and enjoyment of unique and memorable food and drink experiences, both far and near… We say “food tourism”, but drinking beverages is an implied and associated activity…. “Food Tourism” is inclusive and includes the food carts and street vendors as much as the locals-only (gastro)pubs, dramatic wineries, or one-of-a-kind restaurants. There is something for everyone in the food tourism industry.”
Whether you travel to Munich or Brussels to celebrate their world-renowned beers or follow your local taco truck around town from day to day, you are participating in food tourism.
Slow Food and Slow Travel
No discussion of culinary travel would be complete without a recognizing the role played by these movements in promoting authentic, local, ecological food and travel experiences around the world.
Slow Food is a grassroots organization of over 100,000 members worldwide “who are linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their community and the environment.” It was founded in 1989 “to counter the rise of fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.” You are most likely familiar with growers, markets, restaurants, wineries, and others in your area who are collaborating on local, sustainable food and beverage production, distribution, preparation, education, and celebration. You can find these when you travel as well.
Slow Travel promotes a slower, more meaningful form of travel in which travelers spend more time in a single place and get to know it on a deeper level. Typically you stay in a vacation rental or private home, shop and dine where the locals do, and learn about the local way of life. Culinary experiences are an important part of this type of travel. You are encouraged to share your travel stories and trip reports with others on the web forums.
Culinary trips & cruises
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