We all love to eat. And when food has a cultural tie to it, we love it even more.
People think about food when planning a vacation. However, the ah-ha moment has only recently hit tour guides. Now they realize food us a major part of why people visit.
Visitors know a lot these days. They understand cultural differences. And visitors seek new experiences. So why not give them what they want?
Below we look at why food tourism is so important, what tour guides are doing to cater to food tourists, and showcase a few trips we think you would enjoy.
Why is food so important?
The taste, texture, and shape of food drops a visitor right into a culture. The whole experience of food preparation and eating it makes food tourism a big plus for people looking for a new adventure.
Food tourism opens the door to other cultures. We remember the smells. We taste the unique flavors. We laugh at the stories. Food and drink sparks memories we love to make and talk about for many years to come.
Why makes food tourism significant?
For many tourists, returning to the same places is a given. They want to enjoy tried and tested recipes on their trip. Visitors want to return to old friends and the food they enjoyed.
Also, more and more visitors explore unknown places to meet new friends. They want to try out places farther away in search of new and special cuisine.
The main reason a person decides to visit a place is the culture, natural wonders, and the food. And we all have got to eat, right? Overall, food has become a central part of the tourism experience.
How does food tourism help preserve culture?
People and their stories humanize an experience. This makes it attractive to visitors. By sharing stories, tourists better understand a culture. They then love to share stories. They love to talk about the adventures they have experienced. You can’t help but smile when a local cook tells you the family history behind a dish.
What is the impact of food tourism on culture?
Travelers love hands-on activities in the kitchen. Many food tours showcase local planting, harvesting, and cooking. When a local cook shows you how they make pasta, or shares a special ingredient, then your have really gotten your money’s worth.