The runaway TV successes of ‘The Great British Bake Off’, ‘Masterchef’ and more is testament to the fact that food – making, watching and eating – is big news.
Mirroring our increasing appetite for global gourmet travel, Imaginative Traveller, the small group adventure specialists with over 20 years experience, are bang on trend with their latest offering, a range of ‘Real Food Adventures’ throughout the world.
Their new brochure, out this week, showcases six new foodie tours to Northern Spain, Turkey, India, China, Vietnam and Mexico, countries which arguably boast some of the world’s most iconic – and increasingly popular – cuisines.
Below is just a taste of the trips on offer:
Real Food Adventure, Vietnam, 12 days from £1,195 per person. Flights ext London approx. £740 per person.
Chop, slice and eat your way through Vietnam, experiencing one of the freshest and most fragrant cuisines on the planet. From ‘Pho’ and ancient buildings in Hanoi, ‘Banh Khoai’ and imperial citadels in Hue, ‘Banh Xeo’ and lantern-lit streets in Hoi An and ‘Banh Canh’ and pulsating markets in Ho Chi Minh City, experience Vietnam’s cuisine and its tightly woven place within its culture. Drink in cafes and beer halls that sprawl out over city streets, buy fruit from wicker baskets draped over a vendor’s shoulders and sit at market stalls as aromatic noodle soups are whipped up in front of you. Experience all of Vietnam’s iconic sights, spend time cooking with some of the country’s top food experts and get a true taste of Vietnam on this delectable Real Food Adventure.
Trip highlight: Cook with locals in a Mekong Delta Homestay
Real Food Adventure, Northern Spain, 8 days from £1,550 per person, flights ex London approx. £100 per person.
Bottle your own wine in the La Rioja wine region, experience a txikiteo, a Basque -style tapas crawl, snack on flavours of Barcelona’s Santa Catarina Markets, drink cider straight from the barrel at a traditional sagardotegia (cider house), sample the world-class foodie delights of San Sebastian.
Trip highlight: whip up local specialities at a cooking class in Barcelona.
Real Food Adventure, Mexico, 8 days from £795 per person, flights ex London from approx. £600 per person.
With an itinerary designed by Thomasina Miers, authentic Mexican cuisine is guaranteed. Learn the secrets behind Puebla’s sumptuous mole poblano (spicy chocolate sauce) and chiles en nogada (stuffed chillies covered in walnut sauce) in a fiery cookery class, sample chapulines (grasshoppers) or cactus fruit in the Abastos market, Oaxaca, explore the vibrant Mercado San Juan in Mexico City.
Trip highlight: An evening barbacoa (slow, pit-cooked BBQ) in Oaxaca
For more information visit www.imaginative-traveller.com or call 01728 885 514.