23 March 2021
Follow your taste buds as you immerse yourself in the storied cultures found across Europe with a collection of trips, for solo travellers, couples and groups of friends, that centre around delicious food. These organised experiences can help you delve into more than just the dishes, but the people that create them and the stories attached to each mouthful.
These hands-on foodie experiences and cooking holidays get you right into the thick of things, learning fun new cooking techniques from professional chefs as you prepare a multi-course meal. Local cooks will share their inherited family recipes with you along with traditional regional dishes, prepared from locally sourced ingredients which you’ll select from the best markets in the area with the help of an expert guide. There will even be stop off at local watering holes that sit way off the tourist radar.
Whether you choose to learn the art of cheesemaking in Puglia, sip regional wine in a vineyard in Bordeaux or simply add to your repertoire of recipes, you’re sure to come away from your foodie holiday with a bolstered arsenal of cooking skills. You don’t need to be a certified foodie either, complete novices are welcomed on every trip.
An exciting schedule of daily activities will ensure that you feel fully enveloped in the culture, gastronomy, history and stunning natural landscapes of your host region during your seven nights in the Spanish Pyrenees. Leisurely strolls through medieval villages and towns with your local hosts will give you a real sense of the culture as you’re free to ask questions and dig a little deeper into local life. You’ll take a picnic out in the lush valley, visit a 10th century Monastery built directly into the face of a mountain, walk above the River Vero and, of course, prepare a three-course traditional Spanish meal. Your home for the week will be the renovated 17th-century farmhouse which affords views of the surrounding grounds and mountains and features its own vegetable patch which you’ll use to source ingredients for for your meals.
This family-run seven-night Italian cooking and wine holiday includes hands on lessons to help you learn rustic Italian recipes in between visiting highlights of the local culinary scene including farmers’ markets and vineyards.
Embrace Tuscan culture with guidance from a seasoned local chef and head out to explore the scenic region with a visit to Barga to wander the winding narrow streets of one of Italy’s most beautiful Medieval villages. In the evenings you’ll have time to relax and take things at your own pace, heading out to the places that interest you along with your local guide who’ll offer their insight and help you integrate into Italian life.
Some of Europe’s finest culinary elements can be found right on your own doorstep.
One of the most unique ways that you can add some flavour to your staycation in Wales this year is by adding on this wild foraging experience along the windswept coastline of Pembrokeshire. With the help of a local expert who has experience working in some of Europe’s finest Michelin-starred restaurants, you’ll be led along wild beaches, dramatic clifftops and through rock pools in search of edible plants and fungi. This primal method of gathering food has long since been forgotten by many but offers you the chance to reconnect with the natural environment around you as you discover new ingredients and learn about the balance of the ecosystems. After a day of collecting ingredients you’ll gather as a group to enjoy a dinner made using the ingredients you source paired with fresh local produce.
These are just a small selection of the foodie holidays that your Travel Counsellor can offer. Get in touch today to find out about experiences across Italy, Spain, France and Morocco to name just a few.
Book your foodie adventure for later this year by contacting your Travel Counsellor and take advantage of exclusive benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your stay.