Why Locals Are Getting Excited About Culinary Tourism
The growing travel trend of culinary tourism gives travelers a chance to combine their love of eating and drinking – with their passion for globetrotting.
Culinary tourism has grown in popularity since it first emerged in the early 2000’s and has allowed foodies the opportunity to enjoy new destinations while indulging in local or regional cuisines and wines. The exponential growth of the trend runs parallel to the increased interest in tv food channels, food documentaries and an increased presence online with food blogs.
The possibilities are endless for travelers looking to book a culinary focused vacation. Tours and River Cruises with food-themed itineraries are being offered with greater frequency; many focus around a particular event or region. Cooking classes and demonstrations are popular and offer a different opportunity to sample food in a particular destination and provide a welcome change from the usual itineraries.
Increasingly, specialty restaurants at hotels, resorts and cruise ships now boast celebrity chefs and their inspired menus. A bold new partnership between Seabourn and the world-renowned American chef and restaurateur Thomas Keller is enhancing the gourmet experiences on these luxury, small ships. Keller, who’s repertoire includes The French Laundry, Per Se and Bouchon, is the first and only American-born chef to hold multiple three-star ratings from the prestigious Michelin Guide. Now, he is developing an array of dishes for the Seabourn fleet, resulting in an “unrivaled dining experience.”
A good travel professional can help food and wine connoisseurs pair their love of good cuisine with their desire for exploring the world. Whether you want to dine at sea – or on another continent – an experienced agent can successfully pair you with the vacation of your dreams.