Written by: J. Vigotsky
For many people, a large draw of going on vacation is the food. Enjoying delicious food at a nice restaurants can be one of life’s greatest pleasures. But for certain more adventurous food lovers, there might be a better option. This post features 3 culinary adventures that food lovers will adore.
Catch and Cook
Seafood fraud is becoming an increasingly common issue for restaurants. Usually taking the form of mislabeled or short-weighted dishes, the practice can occur anywhere along the supply chain. And usually diners are none the wiser. But for seafood aficionados who are looking for adventure and want to know exactly what they’re eating, a catch and cook experience is the perfect solution.
Resorts like the Four Seasons in Oahu let you take to the sea on a fishing charter for a day or half day. Accompanied by a captain, crew, and chef, you’ll put your fisherman skills to the test by trying to reel in some fresh dinner. Complimentary drinks and food are available on the boat, so rest assured that your survival doesn’t depend on your fishing prowess. At the end of the day, the boat returns to land where distinguished chefs prepare the days’ catches as five-star dishes.
For mainlanders who aren’t quite ready to trek all the way out to Hawaii, Hotel Viking in Newport, RI offers a similar program. Guests can take a private charter out for the day and are accompanied by fishing professionals. Bass, Fluke, Shark, Tuna, Marlin, Mahi, and Wahoo are among the most common fish in the area. Once caught, fish are cleaned, fileted, and then cooked by an executive chef to your precise specifications.
Cycle around Italy
Italy has long been renowned for its cuisine. And now with Tourissimo, you can experience Italy’s food and wine culture while also traversing the country’s beautiful roads via bicycle. This international adventure is led by a knowledgeable chef who explains practical and cultural aspects of Italian food in great detail. Perfect for working off all the extra calories you’ll be consuming, these bicycle tours cover areas like Sicily and Piedmont.
Winter Sports and Food Festivals
While a ski trip or a food festival is worth traveling for by itself, some mountain towns are starting to combine the two. In Jackson Hole, Wyoming—one of the most popular ski destinations in the United States—a Food and Wine Winter Fest will be returning for its second year in 2019. Food festivities take place during the evenings, which gives attendees the whole day to enjoy the outdoors. Skiing, tubing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, and dog sled tours are just a few of the most popular options.
Beaver Creek Resort in Colorado features a similar 4-day event that combines outdoor adventure with culinary bliss. Attracting celebrity chefs, the weekend getaway includes full-day itineraries of guided skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing tours along with gourmet meals, craft beverages, and live music.
No matter what you’re into, there’s likely a culinary adventure program for you. It might take some research to find it, but it’ll all be well worth it when you’re on the vacation of a life time.