Epicurious Adventures

One of the best ways to explore a new country is through it’s cuisine. Short breaks and longer holidays based around enjoying the food and wine of the area are becoming increasingly popular with travel consumers. If you like the idea of immersing yourself in a culture through taste read on for our selection of best foodie breaks available from Ireland.

Venice

Venetian cuisine has a centuries long history, and it is significantly different from the other cuisines of North Italy as well despite having something in common with all these. Explore the city’s osterie, tavernas and trattorias with a bite sized break (4/5 days) from Intrepid Travel.

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Tuscany

Tuscany is a treat for all the senses and the genius of Tuscan cuisine is it’s simplicity. It’s a matter of record that it was the Tuscans who taught the French how to cook. French cuisine as we know it was founded in the court of Henry II, whose kitchen was staffed by Tuscan cooks imported by his Florentine wife, Catherine de’ Medici.

Immerse yourself in the magic of this regieon with a 4 day hands on cooking and tasting break at the beautiful Villa Casagrande available through Irish Times Travel now.

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Bordeaux

If you’re looking to increase your appreciation and understanding of wine there is probably no better place to start than the iconic Bordeaux. Walk amongst the vines, meet the winemakers, taste their wine in their cellars and enjoy matching the best local foods with your wines. The tours are generally for 3/4 days (Friday to Monday) with between 8 – 16 people.

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Northern Spain

In addition to “Bite Sized Breaks” Intrepid Travel also offer longer “Real Food Adventures” which typically include travelling across an area, imersing yourself in the culture and having some great food experiences along the way. Travel from Barcelona, through Logrono and finish up in San Sebastion experieng the best in Northern Spanish cusines along the way.

Highlights include the chance to bottle your own wine in the famous La Rioja region, explore the ancient tunnels and wine cellars in medieval La Guardia and a traditional “txikiteo” where devouring Basque-style tapas is the night’s agenda.

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Dorset

If you’ve ever had the urge to get back to basic (while still requiring a touch of luxury) this is the weekend break for you. At the Summer Lodge, a Georgian country estate in southwestern England, guests can treasure hunt and gather their own meals with expert forager John Wright of the UK’s River Cottage television series. Spend your days on a fasinating food adventure and every evening the award winning hotel kitchen will use some of the products collected throughout the day to create a sumptuous feast.

www.summerlodgehotel.co.uk

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