Why Go On a Food Tour?
Written by Darren Bocksnick © 2015
With the interest in flavorful, unique foods as the new rage and the integration of new, upcoming restaurants on the rise, the best and sometimes only way to experience it all is to go on a food tour! Food tourism is a relatively new industry that takes tourists around to 5 or more local venues where they get to sample some of the best of that particular city’s favorite eateries.
Coupled with the fantastic food and creations from top local chefs, the tourists also get to have a taste of that city’s historical highlights and cultural spotlights. Thus, a dynamic food tour guide is essential to making a food tour even more fun and fulfilling than the sampling of great food entrees from around the city.
Food tourism is widely becoming one of the more popular ways to see and experience a city. People who come to another city want to know more than its history or even its culture; they equally want to experience its heart and soul. Eating local cuisine in a foreign or even neighboring city is perhaps one of the closest attributes to experiencing that city’s heart and soul as one can get.
Discovering the unique combination of spices, oils and local produce or proteins makes all the difference in the delivery and delightfulness of the experience. This precise, perfected combination of choice ingredients not only captures the true essence of local, national or cultural cuisine, it also can create completely new combinations known as fusion cuisine. This is where the distinctive tastes of certain nations are combined with the colorful flavors of other nations to create something entirely new and deliciously unique.
Equally, presentation in a food tour makes for memorable dining moments that can draw tourists in as well as keep the locals coming back for more. Thus, food tourism creates demand by alluring tourists to try and experience new local eateries but also, this demand inspires design and ARTchitecture. With the challenge to be different and unique with their food offerings, comes the desire to be daring and different with their appearance as well. Restaurants often bring in top, local architects to deliver an element of design to their establishment that truly makes them stand out.
In this regard, food tourism can place well-favored local eateries on the proverbial map. They can become renowned for their food, their ambiance and also for their aesthetics. Food tours are beneficial to everyone involved – the tourists for having the opportunity to try new and interesting local eateries; the restaurants for the recognition and admiration of their foodie fans and of course, the tour companies hosting the tours. The question then remains, why NOT go on a food tour?