Did you ever notice that when people come back from vacation they almost always mention where or what they ate? I wouldn’t necessarily classify myself a “foodie”, but I do like to try local specialties wherever I travel. For both serious foodies and those who, like me, just enjoy sampling local fare, these food experiences might be worth checking out on one of your next trips:
- Being a resident Cheesehead and self-proclaimed cheese curd aficionado myself (my favorite flavor is Cajun, best eaten while still warm and squeaky, though deep-fried cheese curds are a close second), I have to start with the Wisconsin cheese tour. The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board offers a map of the state with 116 cheesemakers and retail stores. Not only can you taste-test your favorite fromage, but you can also glean a bit of Wisconsin history, too. Download your free map here.
- When The Gutsy Traveler recently featured Extreme Chocolate in her foodie blog, I knew that a Swiss chocolate factory tour was going to have to land on my list of “new places to travel”. Any tour offering 30 types of chocolate to taste is one I want to take!
- For those interested in liquid fare, check out Tales of the Cocktail on Tour, traditionally hosted in New Orleans, but “on tour” Feb 12-14, 2012 in Vancouver. If the 2010 event is any indication (where they went through 5,804 bottles of liquor and 19,640 pounds of ice), this sounds like one spirited event!
- Did you know that Livability.com rated Traverse City as the #1 Foodie City in America? Visit their CVB website to download a self-guided tour map and begin your unique culinary adventure. You’ll find award-winning wines and restaurants along with food artisans (brewers, bakers, cheesemakers, candymakers) and more, all in the Cherry Capital of the World in this Lake Michigan resort town.
- Home to the Foodtopian Society (the farm-to-table movement), Asheville, NC is another great destination for foodies. This city boasts 12 farmers markets and nearly 250 independent restaurants.
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