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Fab Food Trails: Dublin Tasting Trail – Dublin, Republic of Ireland

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On our award winning  Dublin Tasting Walk, we visit a range of bakeries, food halls, street markets, cheesemongers, delicatessens and other speciality shops. You’ll meet those that have traded for generations producing great food as well as new arrivals to the food scene, bringing new international and contemporary tastes to the Irish table using great Irish produce.

As you enjoy the food, you’ll also learn a little about the culture and history of each neighbourhood. Those familiar with the city will be amazed to discover food outlets and tasty surprises they never knew existed and visitors will leave with an up-to-date insider knowledge of the best of what is happening food-wise in Ireland.

Our guides are all local and are as enthusiastic about the city as they are about the food.

Our gentle 2.5- 3 hour culinary walk has lots of stops with frequent, generous tastings along the way. We point out good places for lunch, dinner or a pint later.

We cater for vegetarians and all other dietary requirements. Please let us know in advance.

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NOTE: This company also offers other walks in Dublin, as well as in Cork and Kilkenny.

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The Big Foody: Taste Auckland Tour – New Zealand

The Big Foody Food Tour was established in 2007 to show visitors and locals the real hidden pleasures of Auckland’s epicurean culture. As with all major cities Auckland has its fair share of run of the mill eateries. The Big Foody team has spent the last 6 years seeking out the very best delights of Auckland’s eateries and food establishments to bring to you in a fun filled taste extravaganza leaving you confident of where best to eat in the city.

As a bunch of super keen foodies we love showing off our city and the great places we have on offer to enjoy.

The Taste Auckland Tour is a morning of fun filled visits to local restaurants, markets, delis and other epicurean locations, tasting the produce, meeting the owners and experiencing first hand the delights of Auckland’s cuisine and culture.

Our way of thinking is to truly understand a place, you must indulge in it’s delights, so that’s what we do!

Our Tour Includes……

  • The history of food and cuisine in New Zealand
  • Trip out to the amazing Kohu Road Creamery
  • Journey around the Fish Market
  • Light Bite to finish off
  • recommendations of where to eat
  • Lots of recipe ideas to take away
  • Meet some of the Aucklanders who make our city.

…and to add to that we take in some of the views, learn a bit of the history of the city and show off Auckland to it’s very best.

4.5 hours, $165.00 and as many tastes as you can fit in!

This tour is for everyone to enjoy!

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TripFeast: Taste of South India

Once fought over by colonial powers for its exotic spices, South India still plays a vital role in today`s Spice Route. Blessed by two stunning coastlines, you will travel from east to west, from the Indian Ocean to the Arabian Sea. Along the way, our expert chefs will have you serving up spicy Chettinad seafood and vegetarian dishes enjoyed in Tamil Nadu, and delicious dosas and idlis, South India`s signature food. With a visit to spice and pepper plantations, ancient temples and forts, and cooking lessons on the banks of Kerala`s shimmering backwaters and in the lawns of our idyllic homestays, this will be a culinary experience like no other!

Highlights
• Journey along the Spice Route
• Savour spicy Chettinad dishes
• Shop for local fruit & vegetables
• Dine with Indian families
• Stay in luxurious heritage homes
• Cook on Kerala`s backwaters
• Visit spice plantations of Thekkady
• Walking tour & cruise in Cochin

Duration: 14 days

Price: £1,695

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TripFeast: Delicacies of North India

Few countries offer as much diversity in food as India. Cook in the foothills of the Himalayas and in majestic forts, dine with families in their homes, go shopping for fruit and vegetables in local markets, and wipe your plate clean in authentic Indian restaurants. In between the cooking and eating, you will weave your way through India`s rich cultural tapestry, taking in colonial cities, stunning mountain scenery, and ancient forts and temples. Savour a whole range of cuisines on the way – from Kashmiri and Rajasthani delicacies to mouth-watering Awadhi and Bengali dishes.

Highlights
• Feast on authentic Indian cuisine
• Shop for local fruit & vegetables
• Cook in stunning locations
• Dine with Indian families
• Enjoy an elephant-back safari
• Visit the home of the Dalai Lama
• Marvel at the Golden Temple
• Walking tours of Delhi and Kolkata

Duration: 15 days

Price: £1,995

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Artisans of Leisure: Culinary Tour of Mexico

 (15 Days – Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Merida, Mexico City, Puebla, Oaxaca, San Miguel de Allende

Eat your way through Mexico on this incredible culinary tour. Stay at Mexico’s best luxury hotels, enjoy cultural touring with your own guide and driver in each location, enjoy authentic regional cuisine, explore markets and take cooking classes by renowned instructors.

Begin in Merida, the gateway to the Yucatan. Spend several days exploring surrounding Mayan villages and ruins. Accommodation is at the best luxury hacienda property in the region. With your private guide and driver, browse colorful food markets, visit local Mayan homes and villages, and enjoy a cooking class at an acclaimed Yucatan cooking school.

Continue to Mexico City, the sophisticated and vibrant capital of Mexico. Your expert guide and private driver will show you the very best of the city and provide a wonderful link to the local history, culture and restaurant scene. Visit excellent museums, such as the Museum of Anthropology; explore a variety of neighborhoods, including those best known for their beautiful residences, colorful markets, art galleries and boutiques, and highly recommended restaurants. See murals, explore ruins such as Templo Mayor, and take a private canal cruise through the floating gardens at Xochimilco. Explore the city’s enormous food market and enjoy reservations at some of the country’s best restaurants. Accommodation will be at the city’s leading luxury hotel.

Next, visit Puebla, the home of Poblano mole sauce and traditional Talavera pottery. Spend two days exploring the city with your private guide. Enjoy a cooking class and explore the local food markets before continuing to Oaxaca, one of Mexico’s best destinations for gastronomy and traditional arts. Explore the plazas, food markets and back streets of the colonial center and visit art galleries and folk art shops. Spend a day exploring the surrounding valleys with your private guide, including visits to local Indian markets and craft villages. Your guide will introduce you to the most noted local artisans specializing in black pottery, wood carvings, textiles and more. Also explore Zapotec and Mixtec ruins in the region. Spend a morning at a cooking class to learn to prepare Oaxacan specialties. Sample local products such as Oaxacan chocolate and cheese, visit a Mezcal distillery or learn how to make mole sauces.

Next, fly to Mexico City for the drive to enchanting San Miguel de Allende, the base for exploring Mexico’s colonial heartland. Enjoy a privately-guided tour of town, best known for its cobblestone backstreets lined with beautiful colonial buildings, high quality local crafts and folk art, contemporary galleries, design and antique shops, lively markets, interesting small museums, and beautiful homes and gardens. Spend one day enjoying a cooking class at a renowned cooking school and time for dining at San Miguel’s excellent restaurants.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Merida
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Private introductory tour of the city
Day 2 Merida

Yucatan cooking class, including market visit

Day 3 Merida

Full-day private excursion to Uxmal or Chichen Itza, local Mayan villages

Day 4 Merida – Mexico City

Transfer and flight to Mexico City. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Begin private touring this afternoon

Day 5 Mexico City

Full-day private tour of Mexico City including interesting neighborhoods, markets, museums and gallery districts

Day 6 Mexico City

Full-day private tour, including boat ride on Xochimilco canals, San Angel and Coyoacán

Day 7 Mexico City – Puebla
Private transfer to Puebla for 2 nights. Private afternoon tour
Day 8 Puebla

Morning market visit and cooking class

Day 9 Puebla –Oaxaca

Private transfer to Oaxaca for 3 nights. Evening Guelaguetza show

Day 10 Oaxaca

Full-day excursion to local craft villages, markets and ancient ruins

Day 11 Oaxaca

Oaxacan cooking class and market visit

Day 12 Oaxaca – Mexico City – San Miguel de Allende

Transfer and flight to Mexico City. Transfer overland to San Miguel for 3 nights. En route, tour colonial city of Queretero

Day 13 San Miguel de Allende

Private morning touring

Day 14 San Miguel de Allende

Cooking class and market visit

Day 15 Depart Leon or Mexico City

Private airport transfer

Hotels
Merida: Hacienda Xcanatun
Mexico City: Four Seasons Mexico City
Puebla: Camino Real Puebla
Oaxaca: Camino Real Oaxaca
San Miguel de Allende: Casa de Sierra Nevada
Cost
$10,765 Per person (double occupancy)

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Artisans of Leisure: Thailand for Foodies

 (9 Days – Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Bangkok, Chiang Mai
The ultimate culinary tour of Thailand!Thai cuisine is complex and piquant, a balance of sweet, spicy, sour and salty flavors. On this culinary and eating tour of Thailand, learn Thai cooking and presentation techniques and prepare a variety of Thai dishes, including appetizers, entrees and desserts. Accompanied by expert instructors, shop for unique fruits, vegetables and spices in local outdoor food markets. Best of all, feast your way through your tour on specialties such as tom yam kung (hot and sour prawn soup), paw pia tord (spring rolls), gaeng phed ped yang (roast duck curry), pla nin laad prik bai horapa (fried fish with chili and basil), paneang neua(beef curried in sweet peanut sauce), mango with sticky rice, spicy Thai fruit salad and steamed banana cake.This tour includes several cooking classes at Thailand’s leading cooking schools. It also features private sightseeing of the main cultural attractions in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, with a strong emphasis on local food markets and experiencing authentic cuisine in noted local restaurants. Note: cooking classes can be arranged at a variety of venues—including hotels, independent cooking schools, and private homes in urban and rural settings. Please let us know what cooking environment you prefer so we can tailor this tour accordingly.

Stay at some of Thailand’s best luxury hotels and resorts, and visit the most interesting cultural attractions in each location.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Bangkok
Private arrival transfer to hotel for three-night stay
Day 2 Bangkok
Morning private cooking class. Afternoon private touring
Day 3 Bangkok
Morning private cooking class. Afternoon private touring
Day 4 Bangkok – Chiang Mai
Transfer and flight to Chiang Mai for four nights. Afternoon private touring of temples and craft districts
Day 5 Chiang Mai
Morning market visit and cooking class. Afternoon at leisure
Day 6 Chiang Mai
Morning cooking class. Afternoon at leisure
Day 7 Chiang Mai
Private touring, shopping, or excursion to elephant camp
Day 8 Chiang Mai – Bangkok
Transfer and flight to Bangkok for overnight. Afternoon private flexible sightseeing or shopping
Day 9 Depart Thailand
Private airport transfer
Hotels
Bangkok: Mandarin Oriental Bangkok (first stay)
Sukhothai Hotel (second stay)
Chiang Mai: Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai
Cost
$7,755 Per person (double occupancy)

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Artisans of Leisure: Culinary Tour of Japan

(8 Days – Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Tokyo, Kyoto, Hakone

Cuisine, a highlight of any visit to Japan, is the focus of this tour. In Tokyo and Kyoto, learn how to shop for Japanese ingredients and how to prepare and present typical Japanese dishes and seasonal specialties. Experience a variety of types of cuisine, from authentic Japanese home cooking, to refined kaiseki and Zen vegetarian temple cuisine. Tour local food markets and specialty shops selling Japanese knives, lacquerware, ceramics, tofu, miso, noodles, tea, sweets, sake and more. After Kyoto, enjoy a luxurious night at an exclusive hot springs ryokan in Hakone. Private touring also includes visits to the most interesting temples, shrines, gardens and small museums in each location.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Tokyo
Arrival transfer to hotel
Day 2 Tokyo
Full-day private city touring of markets, food halls, specialty shops, and noted dining locations
Day 3 Tokyo – Kyoto
Shinkansen (bullet train) to Kyoto for three-night stay. Afternoon private city touring
Days 4 & 5 Kyoto
Private morning cooking classes at a Kyoto family’s estate. Afternoon private touring of Kyoto’s specialty food and houseware shops and markets
Day 6 Kyoto – Hakone
Shinkansen to Hakone for overnight at ryokan
Day 7 Hakone – Tokyo
Transfer to Tokyo. Afternoon at leisure
Day 8 Depart Japan
Airport transfer
Hotels
Tokyo: Four Seasons Marunouchi
Kyoto: Westin Miyako Hotel
Hakone: Gora Kadan Ryokan
Cost
$13,390 Per person (double occupancy)

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