Traveling to Eat Well: Culinary Tourism Takes Off1 min read
If encountering KFC signs abroad makes you wonder why you booked the trip, you’re ready to join the vanguard of the culinary tourism movement. Discovering local foods has always been a cool travel experience, but now the public’s enthusiasm for organic and “slow” food is putting gustatory experiences at the top of many itineraries. According to the International Culinary Tourism Association (ICTA), purveyors of local delicacies all around the world successfully started to reach significant numbers of culinary tourists about four years ago, and now an “industry” is starting to emerge.
The ICTA is promoting culinary tourism to the traveling public through http://www.foodtrekker.com/, which is in soft launch mode. It aspires to be a community of eaters and eateries that spans the planet. Keep an eye on this site to see how it develops. In the meantime, The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) is joining the party and promoting culinary tours put together by its members. Itineraries featuring local dining and cooking adventures await you in Peru, Chile, New Zealand, India, Costa Rica and Ethiopia. I can’t think of a better way to travel and stay healthy. Take the time to make plans to eat well and literally savor the local culture.
Photo by Andy Orr.