Delicious Cuisine Tourism and its Surprising Benefits
Food Tourism

Delicious Cuisine Tourism and its Surprising Benefits

Cuisine tourism is the name given to the travel style of exploring specifically to experience new food. Since everyone needs to eat, there’s absolutely a market for trying new foods when heading overseas. Some people specifically plan entire culinary vacations around the travel food they’ll be able to try. Think pizza in Italy, BBQ in Korea, ramen in Japan, tacos in Mexico, wine in France. The possibilities are practically endless. Cuisine tourism is a great way to combine one of the human necessities of life with the delicious culinary delights around the world; but how sustainable is it?

What are the benefits of cuisine tourism for locals and the environment?

Cuisine tourism can be sustainable and helpful for the economy depending on the circumstances. If travellers visit restaurants and enjoy travel food at establishments focused on supporting local farmers, then there is a benefit to the local economy which helps in making the process sustainable. When culinary vacations focus on farm-to-table destinations, the food stays within the local region so the food doesn’t need to travel as far which means less resources are used on transportation. This helps in lowering the carbon footprint which helps in protecting the environment. By opting for establishments that prioritize sustainability, support local farmers, and minimize food waste, travelers contribute directly to the economic resilience of communities and the preservation of natural resources Plus, when purchasing food at small eateries, you’re giving money to the locals instead of large supermarket chains. What seems like a small change, can have a big impact.

What are the benefits of cuisine tourism for travelers?

One of the top benefits of cuisine tourism is trying a new range of foods that travelers may not have the chance to try at home. Culinary vacations are also a fantastic way to have an authentic experience based on the travel food found at each destination. When travelers try the food that originates where they are vacationing, they can also get a true taste of the culture which adds to the overall experience of their trip. Not to mention, that when travelers are contributing financially to farm-to-table restaurants, the ingredients in their travel food will be much fresher due to not traveling as far or for as long from the farms. This can help improve the taste compared to using over ripe or ingredients that are not fresh. 

If the idea of eating travel food and planning culinary vacations is making you hungry, you luckily have so many delicious cuisines to choose from worldwide to base your trip around. You can navigate entire nations (or small, specific regions) while exploring the many different flavours that your tastebuds allow, and you can rest easy knowing you can help the environment at the same time. 

So if you decide you’d like to try your hand at experiencing cuisine tourism, consider eating in small  restaurants that support their local farmers, care about their carbon footprint and most of all, care about where the ingredients in their food comes from. By opting for sustainable restaurants, and  supporting local eateries during culinary vacations, instead of large supermarket chains, you’re helping the residents of the local community instead of CEO’s of large corporations who don’t provide much environmental benefit. 

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