FOOD TOURISM 101

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Culinary tourism has emerged as a central facet to any tourist experience. It encompasses cultural practices, the landscape, the sea, local history, values and cultural heritage.* Food serves to connect us with the land, our heritage and the people around us. It is a diverse and dynamic channel for sharing stories, forming relationships and building communities. By combining travel with these edible experiences, food tourism offers both locals and tourists alike an authentic “taste of place”.

*SOURCE: UNWTO Second Report on Gastronomy Tourism

By combining travel with these tasty experiences, food tourism (also known as culinary tourism or gastronomic tourism) offers both locals and tourists alike an authentic taste of place in the city, town, region, or country in which they’re visiting.

It includes any tourism experience in which a person learns about, appreciates, consumes or – dare we say – indulges in food and drink that reflects the local cuisine, heritage, or culture of a place.

Food tourism is not limited to gourmet food. It is about what is unique, authentic, and memorable about the delicious stories a destination has to tell. This includes farmers, cheesemongers, fishermen, brewers, winemakers, and everyone in between.

It’s the special way to pour a bottle of your region’s cider to give it that sparkly finish it deserves. It’s the ooey-gooey butter tart from that small town bakery you visited as a child. It’s that interesting bar on that nameless street that only locals know about that you stumbled upon last year. It’s winemakers coming together with farmers for delicious harvest dinners under the stars. It’s finally savouring a dish in the place of its origin after years of loving it at home.

In all its forms, food tourism is the bread and butter of what a destination has to offer its visitors and residents. It’s what gives stories soul, makes bellies smile, and nurtures local pride in place.

 


RESTAURANTS + FARMS + HOTELS + FESTIVALS + BREWERIES + FOOD TRUCKS + MARKETS + WINERIES + EVENTS + CIDERIES + SHOPS + CULINARY SCHOOLS + TOURS + STORY TELLERS + HOTELS + TOURS + POP-UPS + BED & BREAKFASTS + AGRITOURISMOS + CLASSES + INNS + ROADSIDE STANDS + EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN


Hungry for more? Check out the report we put together with Skift™ on The Rise of Food Tourism.