For some of us, food and drink are not only an interest but the primary motivation in selecting our next destination. As foodies, we enjoy spending more time and money on these authentic culinary experiences, ones that ground us to the culture of the place we are visiting. We plan our entire trip around the hawker centers of Singapore, lessons at a culinary school in Paris, or a bespoke visit to Borough Market in London.

These memorable food and drink experiences make us remember a trip fondly, and we are more likely to return to that destination.

So, the question now is, what is culinary travel?

Culinary &
Wine Travel

It is a trip of discovery to a new destination that revolves around the food that the country eats, grows, and processes. This journey could be as simple as a coveted reservation at a 3-star Michelin restaurant, a hands-on cooking class with a world-renowned chef, or visiting an organic farm where a food revolution is taking place.

Culinary travel allows us to view culture through its cuisine and to break bread with locals. This sharing of meals is the best way to really connect with a place you seek to understand. As culinary interest continues to flourish, there are more options out there for the foodie traveler, ranging from city tours to cooking classes in restaurants, to a tour and private meal/wine tasting at a chateau in Bordeaux.

Some of the ways you can incorporate food & wine into your journeys:

• Don an apron for a cooking class
• Explore with a market tour
• Take a city food tour
• Visit a vineyard
• Go on a brewery or distillery tour
• Stay up late for the night markets
• Explore street food

Timing a trip well can be crucial for significant events, such as a destination's Restaurant Week, Christmas Markets, an annual harvest, or a food or brew festival.

I can help you navigate which of these culinary events are really unique and worthy of your time and which ones you would find sorely disappointing. 

Explore England's foodie Scene  

British food has come a long way since the days of fish and chips, meat and potatoes and warm ale. England now has an incredibly diverse and exciting food scene.

  • Meet food writer Celia Brooks, the only licensed tour guide in Borough Market, for coffee and chocolate, followed by a whirlwind culinary tour showcasing her favorite stalls, as well as stalls she handpicks to your tastes.
  • Master new techniques at a luxury hotel with an award winning restaurant & Cookery School. Learn to cook from a celebrity chef or an impressive line up of guest chefs.
  • Hop aboard a vintage Routemaster bus in Brighton and enjoy a fun day  behind-the-scenes of some of Sussex’s top food producers, vineyards and breweries. 
  • Cycle Through Somerset’s Apple Orchards on The Cider Cycle Trail.
  • Master the art of the Great British afternoon tea with the help of an actual Great British Bake Off winner at Leith's School of Food and Wine.  Take a class teaching you how to bake the perfect scone.

Living La Dolce vida 
in Tuscany

Italy is renowned the world over for its cuisine, and Tuscany is a shining star in Italian cuisine.  The diversity of flavor and the stark simplicity of Tuscan Cuisine  paired with an incredible Brunello di Montalcino makes this region a must visit on any trip to Italy.

  • Embark on a truffle hunt  on an exclusive reserve with an experienced tartufaio (truffle hunter) to observe the skills of their highly trained dogs.  If you get lucky in the hunt, enjoy your bounty shaved over freshly made pasta with a sprinkling of parmesan in an impromtu picnic in a charming oak laden forest.
  • Dig into Florence’s signature dish—bistecca alla Fiorentina. Cut 3-4 fingers high in the loin and cooked rare on the grill, it is an experience made for sharing.
  • Discover The Secrets Of Tuscan Cuisine With A Local Expert. Take a private VIP cookery lesson in the restaurant of a stunning country house  of a renowned winery. Learn about Tuscan specialties and local great wines at the same time.
  • Go on a gentle hike along winding trails, immersed in nature and surrounded by stunning panoramic views of Montalcino. At the end of the hike,  a picnic of simple and fresh Tuscan fare prepared by a chef using produce harvested from an estate’s organic kitchen garden is awaiting you.

Savoring  South africa

With a history of winemaking dating back to 1659, South Africa boasts so much more than Safaris and Sandy beaches. The food and wine scene is vibrant and inviting with a hipster, fresh-from-the-farm market everywhere you look, and the wines are simply spectacular.

  • Set out on a lively Cape Town walking food tour and taste your way around this incredible foodie destination. Taste the city’s most delicious eats, like boerewors cooked on a braai,  biltong, bobotie, all washed down with a cup of Roibos tea or a cup of joe from Truth Coffee, voted the world’s best coffee shop!
  • Gin is having a major moment in Cape Town, and gin distilleries are popping up all over town. Take a gin tasting class to learn more about how locally foraged botanicals are bringing terroir, taste, and color to this iconic beverage.
  • Dine in a Boma, (a traditional, outdoor enclosure) lit by  a millions stars above, lanterns guiding your way below and  a roaring fire in the center. Enjoy a traditional South African Braai of spit-roasted meats and free-flowing wines. This is sure to satiate your stomach and your soul!
  • End a rewarding day tracking the "Big Five" with a traditional “sundowner;” of gin and tonic.  As the sun is beginning to set, your guide will pick the perfect spot to watch the sunset while sipping on a G & T or 3.  Who's counting, you're on holiday.

noshing in new zealand

New Zealand's cuisine has been described as Pacific Rim, while blending influences from Europe, Asia, and Polynesia creating a mouth-watering range of  unique flavors.  And with New Zealand's focus on  organic, sustainably produced foods, you are sure to have an incredible food experience in this land of the long white cloud.

  • Go on a progressive winery dinner. Start with an incredibly romantic  champagne sunset over Te Mata Peak, then it's on to Craggy Range Winery or Elephant Hill Winery for dinner. Followed by dessert and sweet wines at New Zealand's oldest wine estate, The Mission Estate. 
  • Experience the traditions of the Maori including a hangi dinner consisting of vegetables and meats steam cooked underground over volcanic rocks, followed by a traditional Maori  performance in Rotorua.
  • Learn about mussel farms and try melt-in-your-mouth steamed mussels as you sail across the calm waters  of the Marlborough Sound. Feast on delicately prepared Greenshell mussels expertly paired with a Marlborough sauvignon blanc as you gaze at the outstanding beauty surrounding you.
  • Put on a Bee Suit, slip on some gloves and join an experienced local Bee Keeper to open and remove a frame of fresh honey straight from the hive. Bottle your own fresh Makuna honey to take home - literally straight out of the hive. 
"Food tourism is the act of traveling for a taste of place in order to get a sense of place."

-Erik Wolf, Executive Director, World Food Travel Association

Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized

Andre Simon

You have to taste a culture to understand it.

Deborah Cater


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