THE NEW ERA OF CULINARY TOURISM
Driven by the growing trends of authenticity, foodie travelers are increasing! Whether travelers sit down and dine at a restaurant with a company or walk along the street and savor the local street food, they are always seen taking photos and capturing their food moments. When they look back on their holiday, they will remember the memorable food they had and the experiences behind it.
While travelling and on holiday, food becomes a social occasion for busy people to connect with family and friends and create a “time oasis”. It is a time for families to enjoy a meal together, and to chat about their day. Authenticity in food is about food that is simple, rooted in the region, natural, ethical, beautiful and human – all of the making for a food tourism destination.
While culinary tourism focuses on food products, gastro-tourism extends beyond what we eat. It includes how we eat, where and when we eat, and the reason behind eating a particular food. It allows food tourists and taste trekkers to learn about the food in detail. Food is the motivation for travel for gastro-tourists and the locations are just the stop-overs to the next foodie destination.