Culinary tourism or food tourism
Culinary tourism or food tourism is the exploration of food as the purpose of tourism. People now consider it a vital component of the tourism experience.
In all it’s forms, culinary tourism is the bread and butter of our province’s offering. It’s what gives our stories soul and causes our bellies to smile.
Dining out is common among tourists and “food is believed to rank alongside climate, accommodation, and scenery” in importance to tourists.
Description of Culinary or food tourism
Culinary or food tourism is the pursuit of unique and memorable eating and drinking experiences, both near and far. Culinary tourism differs from agritourism in that culinary tourism is considered a subset of cultural tourism (cuisine is a manifestation of culture) whereas agritourism is considered a subset of rural tourism, but culinary tourism and agritourism are inextricably linked, as the seeds of cuisine can be found in agriculture. Culinary/food tourism is not limited to gourmet food.
While many cities, regions or countries are famous for their food, culinary tourism has no limit to food culture. Every tourists eats at least three times a day, making food one of the fundamental economic drivers of tourism. Countries like Ireland, The Philippines, and Canada are making significant investment in culinary tourism development and are seeing results with visitor spending and over night stays rising as a result of food tourism promotion and product development.
Culinary tourism is not limited to gourmet food. In fact, we like to use the term ‘food tourism’ more often than not just to keep it from feeling elitist. It is about what is unique, authentic and memorable about the food stories our regions have to tell. This includes our farmers, our cheese mongers, fishermen, brewers, winemakers and everyone in between.
It’s the ooey-gooey butter tart from that small town bakery you visited as a child. That interesting bar on that nameless street that only locals know about that you stumbled upon last year. It’s winemakers coming together with farmers for delicious harvest dinners under the stars; or pickling smack-downs over cocktails at boutique hotels.
“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.” -Cesar Chavez