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Culinary travel - How does it Work?

Restaurants and cafes in Ljubljana on the riverside - culinary trips in Slovenia
Enjoy riverside restaurants and cafes in Ljubljana - a way of culinary travel

Culinary trips are Trendy

Culinary travel is the trend. These are not just food trips or gourmet trips. Culinary travel is Slow Travel par excellence. Slow Travelers want to immerse themselves in the lifestyle of their travel destinations. They also want to look behind the scenes. Let's go! Pack your suitcase and let's go on trips to savor. Culinary travel includes wine trips to Austria as well as a beer trip around the world. An overnight stay in a gourmet hotel is another way to do it. Culinary exploration of Tuscany and Italy on a wine tour provides insights into local life. On a gourmet cruise or a gourmet tour, a star chef guarantees highlights for the palate. Or take a food tour to gain insights into a country's cuisine. But it's not just package tours that bring you closer to the culinary delights of a travel destination. A gourmet tour on your own does the same.

The Food Travel Monitor 2020 of the World Food Travel Association shows that 53% of holiday travelers are considered food travelers. Food and drinks are more important to almost two thirds of travelers today than they were five years ago. Those who go on food trips are also interested in other activities. They usually stay longer and spend more. Millennials are interested in eating while traveling. Generation Z is turning into a generation of super foodies. Anyone who goes on a wine tour is also interested in beer and other drinks. And something else. Food travelers travel sustainably. For them, traveling locally and authentically is very important.

Erich Pucher cooks in the Lamberechhof - pleasure trips in gourmet hotels
Culinary trips to the gourmet hotel - award-winning chef Erich Pucher cooks in the Lamberechhof

A Trip to Savor - Experience Food on Vacation

Food adventures that are experienced individually, make culinary trips interesting. Why not travel to a chef , who offers gourmet evenings in a gourmet hotel? It doesn't have to be a beer trip around the world. What do you think of a weekend trip, that includes a visit to a brewery. Maybe the brewery offers a special gastronomic experience? Or a wine tour along the Danube, where you spend the nights in wineries ? Trips to savor can have many faces. Maybe you fancy a gourmet cruise? Some are even offered on barges, that travel through the canals in southern France. An experience, you will remember forever.

Wine trip with overnight stay in the vineyard
Wine trip with overnight stay in the vineyard

What a Wine Tour can Look Like

If you want to experience wine, there are many options. You can explore a wine region by choosing a road trip along a wine route. If your food journey is to be more sustainable, try the wines of a region in a hotel surrounded by vineyards. It is even better, if the area offers more wine experiences. This easily turns a weekend trip into a wine weekend to savor. Another option is a beautiful picnic in the vineyards. A culinary journey also goes well with wine tastings. And if the wine tour is supposed to be something special? Then you look for wine experiences in beautifully located wineries.

Kelly Woodward from Miami Food Tours - a great way to experience pleasure trips
Kelly Woodward from Miami Food Tours

Food trips are Active Trips

Discovering a country or a city in culinary terms often means getting to know its people. This can be the case, when you visit a cheese producer, who manufactures specialty cheese like his family has done for centuries. In cities you have the opportunity to participate in food tours. These are interesting, if you are looking for restaurants, where the locals eat. We like to book food tours, when we are not familiar with the culinary specialties of a region. They give us an insight into the local cuisine on our food trips.

Culinary travel is fun on a wine tour through Hesse - pleasure travel par excellence
There are specialties at the picnic in the vineyard

Go on a Journey of Discovery

It is very exciting, to put your food journey under a motto. You can even do that near your home. We did a food trip in the Burgenland in Austria in the footsteps of the Christmas goose. During the trip we bought all the ingredients we needed for a perfect goose roast from local producers. We cooked these in a restaurant at the end of the trip. Why not get to the bottom of the culinary specialties of Germany? We did a culinary country outing through Hesse looking for specialities of the region. We visited producers. They showed us, how they manufacture their products.

Festively laid table on the Arosa Luna - culinary journey and wine journey on a gourmet cruise with special evenings for connoisseurs
Festive table

Enjoy a Gourmet Cruise

We have never been on a gourmet cruise. Instead, we spent a gourmet evening on a river cruise on the Rhone in France. The food was served on a table with a view of the river. Not only the food was a treat. The view of the landscape along the Rhone also contributed to the pleasure of this evening. There are also cruises in which gourmet food plays the main role. In Germany you can do one on the Danube or the Moselle. Both rivers cross wine regions. What could be better than turning a culinary journey into a delightful experience. These are the perfect trips to savor.

Petar learns cooking under the direction of Thomas Hüttl
Petar learns cooking under the direction of Thomas Hüttl

Why not travel to a Chef?

Have you ever thought about traveling to a chef? Is there anything better than learning from the expert? We did this several times on our food trips. In Vienna we learned, how to cook Waldviertel specialties. in the Gailtal in Carinthia we discovered how to "krendel" pasta. We have prepared a soup from herbs, that we collected ourselves. There was also a herbal menu from the show kitchen in a gourmet hotel. There are many ways to take cooking classes. Hotels offer these again and again. There are also events in gourmet regions. They are worth looking out for.

Culinary travel means buying regional specialties
Culinary travel means buying specialties

Food Specialties are Souvenirs

Culinary travel also means looking for food specialties. Market visits , shopping sprees to specialty shops and visits to farm shops or farm cafés and producers are part of every food trip. In some food destinations, even visits to supermarkets are exciting. I am thinking of Newfoundland, where we discovered Cod cheeks. Food souvenirs, which we bring home from these visits, let us relive the experiences in our kitchen. That is, what we enjoy between our tours with recipes, that we bring home from food trips.

Wine princess, lansquenet and councilman press the first grapes at the wine festival Volkach
Wine princess, lansquenet and councilor squeeze grapes at the Volkach Wine Festival

Wine, Beer or Street Food Festivals

Wine tours in Germany do not only mean exploring the Moselle, Rhine or Main river on a wine tour. Wine regions offer more experiences for culinary trips. Food and wine festivals are everywhere. A visit is suitable both for a weekend trip and as a day trip on a wine tour with wine tasting. We asked wine travel bloggers from around the world which wine festivals they recommend. It is also often worth checking the daily newspaper. There are frequent references to beer festivals or street food festivals. If you combine a wine tasting on the Moselle with an overnight stay in a gourmet hotel, it quickly turns into a food journey, that you will fondly remember.

Conclusion: Culinary Trips are Exciting and Varied

These are just a few of the ways, you can travel on a food journey. There are other options. What do you think of a music festival that offers local food specialties? Have you ever cooked with wild herbs? Or eaten at home with a local? It is exciting to find out how to combine food and drinks. Have you ever visited a farm to learn more about sustainability? There are even museums that revolve around food and everything related to it.

We agree with our blogger friend Laura of Savored Journeys, when she explains: Why I Travel For Food and You Should Too. Food travel is fun.

Culinary trips and pleasure trips and wine trips
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  1. Andreas
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    I honestly have to say that as a hobby photographer I am hardly interested in culinary things on a vacation because I prefer to spend time outdoors in nature. While others go out to eat at sunset, I prefer to take pictures of the golden or blue hour. Other than that, eating is more of a food intake for me and I rarely serve something like that and don't really take my time. All the more interesting to read what I might miss here and there.

  2. Sigi Ruhl
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    My next trip is to Naples, do I have to say more? :-) I can't wait to explore the home of Neapolitan pizza and take a pizza baking class. In any case, culinary trips are very important to me - especially since I love to try regional specialties and I like to shop locally. As you say, there are hardly any better souvenirs than local delicacies. :) This is how you support the people in the region and remember the trip for a long time.

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Hello Sigi,

      I hope you write about your pizza baking course when you return. And ask yourself who originally invented pizza. There are even people who say it was baked in New York for the first time. I would be interested in the opinion of the Italians.

      Best regards,
      Monika

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