Tasting activities on itineraries are best known as food and drinks tours. A food tour is also known as a culinary tour and drink tours are those such as wine, beer, brandy, coffee, and even tea are drink tasting tours.
These guided food and drink tours are designed for food enthusiasts. The activities in the tour introduce you to the history and traditions of a people through their food culture and including spirits. Participants in the tour will sample, compare, and evaluate different foods or drinks.
Such tours usually involve walking around a neighborhood or into a local farmer’s market and going into shops, restaurants, or cellars to try out various foods and/or drinks. The shop owner or farmer would lecture about the foods and drinks, explaining their origin and how they’re used in their culinary culture. Hands-on experience such as local home cooking or baking may be a part of the culinary tour experience.
Other kinds of food tours like pub crawls or bar hopping, street food tasting, and food crawls for restaurants are a fun way for travelers to dine at multiple restaurants, one after another, and try the best of each place. Prices for guided food tours vary widely and may be pricey. They’re usually optional on tour itineraries.
It’s a great activity for travelers who seek out culinary experiences to broaden their understanding of a culture or lifestyle while traveling.