Tasty Travel: Travelling for food

Written by  Sari Schutrum-Boward

What could be better than Food? Expanding your love and knowledge of food? Experimenting with food by going to markets and festivals or treating yourself to cooking classes in a new country? There is no reason to feel guilty about indulging in gourmet meals or food that was prepared especially for you if it’s part of your travelling experience!

There are many festivals and markets dedicated to the beauty of food. Some festivals celebrate simple foods that many of us may not think to celebrate, while some revere the rare. At the Castroville Artichoke Festival you can learn a hundred different ways to cook artichokes - from pickled to sautéed – while at Tuscany's White Truffle Festival you can sample exotic truffles in even more exotic ways.

Food markets spring up all over the place in old abandoned buildings or groups of outside stalls. The Hungarian market, Központi Vásárcsarnok (Central Market) is held in a long deserted building that was a market in the 19th century market and has now been restored to it’s old life. France's Marché Provençal has a variety of stalls ranging from cheeses to spices that run outside the building as well as inside where there are cafes and bars.

Food is about tasting and testing so take a chance and try jellied grasshoppers and other odd foods at New Zealand's Wildfoods Festival - at least you can say you’ve tried it. Let loose in Spain’s La Tomatina and appreciate the humble tomato by joining the world’s larges tomato fight. Or try delicious food at a festival with a heart - at the Netherlands's Preuvenemint festival all the money goes to charity.

Are you eager to learn how to make amazing dishes that will make your guests mouth water? At Italy's Anna Tasca Lanza cooking school, you’ll learn how to prepare Sicilian meals. Being a vegetarian can be tough sometimes, so for those interested in learning how to prepare gourmet vegetarian meals, you're in luck, there is a cooking school in France, Tomlins Cookery School which makes vegetables irresistible. A rule for being a huge chocolate fan is to admit that you have a chocolate addiction, and at the Chocolate school you can fuel your addiction by learning everything from the art of decorating to the chemistry of the ingredients. Cookbooks and recipes can get old easily if you have used them too many times. Italy's Tuscan Cookery teaches family recipes that have been passed down, so now you can add them into your own recipe book and pass it on to your family.

Mmmm, makes my mouth water just thinking about it, is it time for lunch yet?

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