I’ve been recently scouring about a million different websites for every little detail I can possibly consume re: our upcoming trip to the Amalfi Coast. In my searches, I stumbled across an interesting term…Food Tourism (aka Culinary Tourism). Essentially it means experiencing a city’s culture through memorable food experiences. I guess I’ve always known in my heart that I did this, but now I know it has a name. In fact, it even has its own Wikipedia page so it’s pretty much a thing now.
Of course, there are varying levels of food tourism, and I’m trying to decide where to draw the line with our Italy trip. Should we spend a whole day visiting a buffalo mozzarella farm? Should we detour in Naples for several hours to experience an epic pizza tour? Should we splurge on cooking classes and learn to make pasta as the Italians do?
The challenge is finding the balance between getting my foodie geek fix, but still finding time to experience “Dolce Far Niente“.
If you’re a Food Tourist yourself, you might enjoy some of these resources I’ve found useful:
Viator, for interesting excursions.
SlatShaker for underground dining destinations.
BA Travel guides often have unique suggestions.
Food & Wine has some great travel guides as well.
Cross check everything against TripAdvisor reviews.
What are some of your most memorable culinary travel experiences?