BY RICHARD MOOREY
FOR MANY Canadians March is a month they look forward to every year. It’s that time of year when it’s still cold at home but signs of spring are starting to appear and it’s a perfect time to take a break and get away to somewhere warmer for a little while.
I think many of us choose March - not only because of the week long break our kids get from their studies at schoolÊ- but also for a little hope that when we arrive home, spring will be just around the corner.
Many of us use this time to head south of the border to visit our counterparts in the U.S. becuse the southern states gets, what we consider, some great summer-like weather this time of year.
Lately, with our cultural interest in enjoying and partaking in amazing food and beverage at an all-time high, many people are incorporating great eats into their recipes for making a perfect family vacation.
Foodie tourism has evolved into its own industry and it truly is a tastitude juggernaut.
With millions of people choosing destinations that not only provide a cold weather escape, it will also tickle the taste buds on arrival.
Foodie tourism and escapes have certainly become big business. Food festivals and celebrations that sometimes used to struggle to maintain attendance, and usually saw only locals milling around, are now experiencing big numbers with parking lots that are dotted with license plates from all over.
As a chef, I really enjoy the ability to travel and enjoy a break while still getting some seriously smashmouth eats.
Getting a peek at other food cultures, learning about new foods and getting to taste the amazing eats other places have to offer is just as appealing as enjoying warm weather, culture and architecture. The idea of being able to plan a vacay that can include anything from watermelon and sugar festivals, celebrity chef tours, chili cook-offs, coffee festivals, seafood and barbecue challenges and a multitude of other food expos is truly a foodie traveller’s dream.
It’s becoming commonplace to find food adventure vacations online and at your local travel agent office these days. Bookings for food festivals, restaurant tours, winery and distillery tours, week long getaways that include cooking classes and trips to world class open air markets are filling up just as fast as traditional cruises and beach getaways. It’s not unheard of to have celebrity chef tours that have fans following their show dates much like rockers and groupies used to follow their favourite bands from city to city while on tours.
So if you’re a serious foodie and heading south of the border later this month take a sneak peek at just a handful of some of the amazing exciting eats excursions that you can incorporate into your getaway and see if you can resist modifying your travel plans this year. My guess is that you may be logging in to your travel planner in to include a warm weather food adventure into your 2017 travel too.