Culinary tourism is a rapidly growing aspect of the tourism industry in major destinations like New Orleans, New York, Paris, Milan, Delhi, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Bangkok and the list goes on. One of the major problems with culinary tourism is the regions experiencing a renaissance are often not places in which the food originates, making the food less fresh. However, several global production regions are experiencing a similar growth in tourism due to the quality of their food, whether it’s Bordeaux for their quality wine or Alaska for its fresh-caught salmon.
Well-known for having some of the best charter fishing in the world, Alaska also has some of the best food. This is derived from the freshness of ingredients ranging from crab and salmon to record holding vegetables that thrive in the rich soil and plentiful summer sun.
Much of the cuisine is wild, whether from land or sea. There are tours that will teach you how to catch any number of seafood and finish the lesson with an educational session in how to prepare it. To get a bit of wild adventure in your stomach Alaska is the place to go.
Bordeaux is often seen as part of the heart of culinary civilization. This region is famous for its wines, partly due to the fact that it lends its name to a particular style of red wine blend. The way Bordeaux combines its wine with its strong French culinary roots is bound to impress.
Controlled by the British for 300 years, the region sits on the French Atlantic coast. Along the docks are new cafes, gardens and museums. It’s a vibrant place with the largest university campus in France, with 60,000 students, and strong art and music communities. For anyone who yearns to get a little more high-quality wine in their life, Bordeaux is the place to be.
Peru was named the World’s Leading Culinary Travel Destination in 2013 by the 2013 World Travel Awards. Peru’s cuisine has developed over the centuries as a fusion between the cultures of the Inca and the Spanish with a few African and Asian spices thrown in.
There are also two distinct regions which have their own local delicacies to treat visitors. The coastal region is famous for its ceviche; the mountains are known for their Incan potatoes, alpaca and Guinea pig. There is both a bit of adventure and simple novelty in Peru for anyone who cares to go and find it.
Jamaica has long been famous for its jerk chicken and other dishes, and this travel destination will continue to please any traveler with a delicious variety of substrates. Also well-known for its beaches, fine weather and rums, Jamaica is the most resort-centric destination on this list. Lesser known, however, is the world-renowned Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee. A variety of plantation and roaster tours exist for culinarians interested in the world’s second most traded resource.
Many foodies will probably be traveling with group members who have a less-than-fanatical interest in exciting their taste buds; for them Jamaica is an ideal destination since there is so much to do. Home of much of the world’s best fishing, scuba diving and great hiking trails there is something to please everyone on this island paradise.
New Orleans sits in a region steeped in a rich and diverse culture that combines French Canadian, French, Spanish, Caribbean, Indigenous American and African sensibilities and traditions. The Big Easy is famous for its Mardi Gras celebrations, but many people visit the state for its native flavor. Cajun or Creole, the food is famous around the world and is sure to excite any taste buds for miles around.
Cajun is the food and culture of those descendants from French Acadians who were deported from Nova Scotia when it was taken over by the British. The food tends to have more wild game, cayenne pepper, crawfish and catfish.
Creole by contrast tends to describe the members of the city and colony of New Orleans more specifically and tend to use more tomatoes, crab, oysters and shrimp in their cuisine.
All of these options provide epicurean-minded travelers with mouth-wateringly fresh food and ingredients straight from the source. If you’re planning your next travel adventure, why not head for the best meals around?