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World Food Beating Experiences 2016

World Food Beating Experiences 2016
Channel your inner Gaucho in Argentina, indulge in oyster tasting in Croatia or make a quick hop to Ireland to meet artisans celebrating the Year of Food. Food Tripper rounds up the best food journeys for 2016
 
 
Italian Alps: Heston’s Gourmet Ski Experience
Culinary wizards Heston Blumenthal, Marcus Wareing and Sat Bains get together in the Italian resort of Courmayeur to lead guests on a gourmet winter adventure. Heston, renowned for his multi-sensory approach to cooking, heads up the event. Around 60 guests will converge on Courmayeur for three days of gourmet food and drink – including one rustic and one gourmet dinner on the mountain, served up by Sat and Marcus. The Momentum Ski event, in the very heart of the Alps, takes place from February 4 – 7 2016. Prices start from £3,500 per person based on two sharing a deluxe room for 3 nights on B&B at the 5* Hotel Royal e Golf in Courmayeur. For more information call Momentum Ski on 020 7371 9111 or visit: www.momentumski.com
 
Sydney: Noma Goes Down Under
Chef Rene Redzepi will open his award-winning Noma restaurant in the Barangaroo harbour side precinct, Sydney, for ten weeks from the end of January 2016 following the success of last year’s Noma pop-up in Japan. “We want to travel like this one final time and lately I’ve been dreaming of Australia,” says Redzepi on his restaurant blog. He will be leaving everything behind in Denmark and making use of local ingredients in his temporary Australian home adding: “I have always been attracted to the incredible diversity you find in Australia’s landscapes and ingredients, because they are like no other place I’ve seen before.” The restaurant will be open five days a week though menu and prices have yet to be unveiled. For further updates visit: http://noma.dk/australia/
 
Argentina: Buenos Aires Culinary Escape
First it was Mexico then came Peru but now, as far as the Americas go, it’s Argentina’s moment in the foodie spotlight. To catch the wave, online operator, Vidados, has launched a brand new food-themed tour for 2016 of the edgy, sexy metropolis that is Buenos Aires. Hosted by ‘porteños’ or locals, a six-night tour delves into BA’s vast food culture wandering through food markets, eating at parillas and getting hands-on cooking specialities such as dulce de leche. The big draw, and chance to channel your inner Gaucho, comes with an excursion to a ranch for the sacred ritual of the ‘asado-argentine,’ a barbecue served with plenty of red wine. This promises to be as much a journey into Argentinean customs as a foodie holiday. Six nights from £1112. Flights not included. www.vidados.com
 
Dubrovnik: Seafood Odyssey
The Dubrovnik region bristles with gastronomy, history and vibrant culture. This four-night package takes a mouth-watering tour of Croatia at its culinary best. Highlights include arriving in style—by boat--at the famed Peljesac vineyards to sample some of Croatia's finest wines and on, to Mali Ston, a nationally protected area of outstanding beauty where, thanks to the sparkling clean waters, sealife abounds. At this, the only successful breeding ground in the world for the European flat oyster ‘Ostrea edulis’ with its unique, full bodied aroma and clean sea flavour there’s a unique opportunity to indulge in an oyster tasting with plenty more of that crisp, white Croatian wine. Prices for the culinary package start at €709 per suite per day for two people including a four-night stay at Dubrovniksungardens.com
 
Northern Ireland’s Year of Food 2016
There’s more to Northern Ireland than crisp sandwiches and potato bread as visitors in 2016 are to discover. Next year heralds Northern Ireland’s inaugural Year of Food and considering the country’s thriving artisan culinary traditions some might wonder why it’s taken till now. Plans for new experiences and trails built around the traditional crafts of bakery, butchery, cheese-making and distilling are all underway while restaurant-goers can expect to find menus showcasing local delicacies including native Lough Neagh eels, a salty seaweed snack known as dulse and Ardglass potted herring made using closely guarded family recipes. Northern Ireland received 8 accolades at the Irish Restaurant Awards in 2015 with the award for Best Restaurant in Ireland going to the Ox in Belfast. The time is now. For updates visit: discoverireland.com
 
London: Nobu Hotel, Shoreditch
Best known for his global collection of multi Michelin-starred restaurants chef, Nobu Matsuhisa began adding boutique hotels to his burgeoning empire about two years ago with Nobu Las Vegas the first to open in 2013. A London offering has been under construction for two years with Nobu Hotel Shoreditch ear-marked for a spring opening. A triple-height restaurant will form the hotel’s hub offering more of what has come to be known as ‘Nobu-Style’ cuisine that catapulted the chef from humble beginnings in Japan to Los Angeles (by way of Peru and Alaska) to form a business partnership with Robert de Nero that has produced a gastronomic empire totalling 32 restaurants in 28 different cities around the world. For news and updates of the Nobu Hotel’s dining, London visit: www.nobuhotels.com
 
Jamaica: Blue Mountain (UNESCO) Coffee Excursion
Soaring more than 4000 feet above the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica’s Blue Mountains were designated a UNESO world heritage site in July 2015. A new tour starting in 2016 takes visitors high into the breathtakingly beautiful scenery to explore some of Jamaica’s oldest coffee estates. Wake up and smell the coffee with brunch at the Lumsden family-owned Belcour Lodge, a former 18th century coffee estate, for tastings of coffee and local honey. The journey continues to Clifton Mount to visit a working plantation to see the process that turns berries into your favourite caffeine fix. The tour ends at Jamaica’s only single estate plantation, still producing coffee from rare peaberry beans sought after by connoisseurs worldwide. Watch beans being sorted and roasted and try for yourself a cup of the caramel-y notes that make this very special brew. Tours are organised through the Half Moon Resort, Montego Bay. For more information visit www.halfmoon.com
 
Rajasthan: Lunch with the Bedlas
No self-respecting food tourist’s journey is complete without a foray into India. For 2016, Experience Travel Group have created a tantalising excursion to Udaipur known, for the wooded ridges of the Arvalli Hills and glassy Lake Pichola, as one of the most romantic settings in India.  This extraordinary food odyssey explores Udaipur’s culinary history with a visit to Rajasthan, home to the Bedla family. Former feudal landlords, the Bedlas played a significant role in the affairs of the state over the centuries, including acting as official hosts to visiting dignitaries to the maharana. Not surprisingly the Bedlas became experts at food and entertainment. This is an opportunity to meet the family and hear their fascinating stories over lavish and authentic culinary delights honed over two centuries. http://www.experiencetravelgroup.com/india/exp/lunch-with-bedlas#ixzz3kKXNBiI3
 
Seychelles: Private Dining at the All New Fregate Island
In time for the 2016 season, Fregate Island, the exclusive private island sanctuary in the Seychelles, has completed a 2-year restoration project under luxury operators, the Oteker Collection (Le Bristol, Paris, The Lanesborough, London). A wilderness with seven private, white sand beaches commanding views of the Indian Ocean in ultimate privacy is quite literally a gourmand’s paradise. Newly appointed chef, Alan Larch, sources fruit and vegetables cultivated on the island including a bounty of exotic spices, cashew, vanilla and tamarind. Local fishermen supply the daily catch. For authentic Créole Style à la carte cuisine, there is the Plantation House inside an historical building evoking memories of the early settlers. At the Pirate's Bar cocktails are made from fresh island fruit. 150 staff are on hand for just 60 guests and each villa has its own butler. www.oetkercollection.com/eng/hotels/fregate-island-private/discover/
 
Vietnam: A Taste of Life on the Mekong
Award-winning operator Rickshaw have created a tantalising tour taking food-lovers from Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong. Leaving the honking scooter horns and rapid pace of the city behind, travellers will head into a completely different world of riverbank villages, jostling floating markets and small local producers of coconut candy, honey, rice crackers and exotic fruit. This is a chance to go local staying in the home of a Vietnamese family to learn about their way of life and how to cook delta specialities. This 3 day bite-size trip is priced from £198 including accommodation (based on two people sharing), dinner and breakfast at the home stay, sightseeing along the Mekong by boat and transfer with a guide.  http://www.rickshawtravel.co.uk/asia/south-east/vietnam/trips/south/taste-life-mekong/
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