Food and Travel: A Taste of Fall

Summer is fun, but just like all good things, it must come to an end to give way to fall, another beautiful season that gourmands love. Around this time, the northern hemisphere’s crops are starting to get to their peak to become more luscious, extra vibrant and sweeter. This makes fall a perfect season to go places in search of gustatory ecstasy. It is also a good time to enjoy the season’s bounties from the sea and to sip wine.

Regardless of travel preferences and goals, all people seek good food wherever they go and whatever they do. There are people who travel to learn about culture and food. That is not surprising at all; local cuisines say so much about any place and its people. If you are a certified foodie about to take off for a “food trip” this fall, here are a few ideas for you.

foodHere are Your Fall Food Trip Destinations

Meet Kathleen Squires, a serial traveller who decides on her destinations and itineraries based on her gastronomic inclinations. In her article Top 10 Fall Trips for Food Lovers that appeared in Fodor’s Travel – News and Features Section (and Huff Post Travel), she enumerated the 10  destinations for foodies this fall: Aspen, Colorado; Emilia-Romagna, Italy; Tasmania, Australia; Blaenavon to Aberaeron, Wales; Asheville, North Carolina; Franschhoek, South Africa; Lima, Peru; Kakheti, Georgia; and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Here’s what this food connoisseur has to say about the first five places:

Hike- and Taste- with Whole Foods

Where: Aspen, Colorado

After a 13-mile hike in the Rockies, it’s all about the payoff. That’s where Whole Journeys, the travel offshoot of Whole Foods Markets, comes in. Head up to Aspen for the “Three Day Sampler” (September 12–14); after hikers spend each day navigating mountain passes, they visit an artisan cheese and salumi maker; raise a glass at a craft distiller, and celebrate with a barbecue at an authentic western ranch at the foot of the scenic Maroon Bells…

Eat Your Way Through Italy

Where: Emilia-Romagna, Italy

The culinary charms of Italy can be overwhelming, but if you have to choose one region for a tasty pilgrimage, Emilia-Romagna is it. This region is home to Bologna, the country’s food capital, where everything from balsamic vinegar to prosciutto di Parma to Parmigiano-Reggiano is produced, and a landscape rife with black truffles and porcini mushrooms in the fall…

Celebrate Suds

Where: Tasmania, Australia

Australians are renowned beer lovers, so next to Oktoberfest in Munich, the annual Tasmanian International Beerfest (November 14–15) is a top destination for hopheads. The main attraction is a waterfront beer garden … plenty of local “Tassie” food…. and enjoy more than 300 beers from around the world.

Drive Along a U.K. Food Trail

Where: Blaenavon to Aberaeron, Wales

…  The South & Mid Wales Food Trail, mapped out by the country’s tourism board, takes hungry travelers through cheese country, Wales’ only surviving whisky distillery, the seafood-abundant Swansea market, a swath of sweets producers, and dairy farms. The trail also passes through St. Davids … the most populated in terms of restaurants, boasting more eateries per head than anywhere else in the U.K.

What’s There for You to Know about the Remaining Five Destinations

“Forage for Your Food” at Ashvile, North Carolina is unique; it intelligently puts together travel, adventure and food to level up each experience a notch higher. It satiates your sense of adventure as you get into tracking down wild plants and mushrooms that a local restaurant will transform into an epicurean delight for you.

Safari is very African; that makes “culinary safari” a very apt name to refer to an adventure of food tasting down in South Africa. Amidst the breathtaking landscape and a possible encounter with wild animals, venture into the cuisine of Cape Town, its culinary capital. Franschhoek Valley will never fail your quest for fishing tours, cheese samplings, wine tasting, farm visits and olive groves.

If you are dying to experience vineyards and wines without the usual crowds of tourists that make the experience too commercial, head to Kakheti, Georgia. Here you can get to enjoy the country’s exquisite cuisine against Georgia’s charming countryside.

Does street food make your mouth water? One destination where eating street food is like a culture is Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Get crazy with all sorts of foods sold at street cars, market stalls, and river banks day and night in this city. After Ho Chi Minh, you’ll never look at street food the same way again.

For an awe-inspiring gastronomic experience, make sure to include in your bucket list the largest food festival in South America, Mistura Food Festival at Peru. Head to this destination if you want a kaleidoscope of flavors; try its famous dishes -Creole, ceviche, regional specialties, sweets, grilled specialties, and street foods.

More Festivals:

More festivals await foodies like you this fall. Find out from World’s Top Fall Food Festivals written by Melanie Lieberman for Travel+Leisure-Blog/Travel News Section. Aside from Mistura, the author listed down four more fall’s top food festivals:

California: Flavor! Napa Valley … November 19-23.

Italy: White Truffle Festival of Alba … October 11-November 16.

Ireland: Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival … September 25-28.

China: Mid-Autumn Festival … September 7-9.

This is not the end of the list, there’s more! Other destinations you would like to checkout are:

GrapeFest, Grapevine, Texas; Whoopie Pie Festival, Strasburg, Pa.; New York City Wine & Food Festival;  Wellfleet OysterFest, Cape Cod, Mass.; and Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

So, don’t look at the end of summer with misgivings; as summer ends and the nippy temperature sets in, so does the start of another season: fall. As the harvest season kicks into high gear you’ll be glad to get a new reason to see and taste the world.

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