If you have dreamed of learning special skills from a Michelin star chef, or would love to cook like the Italians do, you enjoy trying new foods in restaurants, farmhouses and tasting rooms, then you will really enjoy one of our Food Tours Europe. A range from a half day to a 4-day cooking school is available for you to experience, as well as many tours with gastronomy as the focus. Most of our Food Tours Europe include a half-day cooking lesson where you spend the morning preparing lunch, then while away a couple of hours under the shade of trees overlooking the vineyards while you enjoy the fruits of your labours. Scenic tours and exploring the history, the wine, and sites of interest in the area are included in the itinerary, as well as dining at gourmet restaurants.
The cooking school tours have a real focus on cooking, with morning lessons and afternoon tasting sessions of locally produced wine, honey, olive oil, hams and cheeses or other excellent quality produce. You keep the recipes so you can surprise your family when you return home! These run from 1-4 days.
Food Tours take you to country farms where you enjoy an excellent meal of fresh produce, farm made cheeses, hand-made pasta, and many other delights. Roll up your sleeves and enjoy learning how good-tasting food has been made in country homes for decades, and discover the techniques so you can produce the same quality and taste when you return home. France and Italy are known for their gourmet delights, but what do you know of Bulgaria, Portugal, Macedonia, the Alps of Switzerland, regional Italy and France, Slovenia, Georgia, Croatia and Bosnia? There are many to choose from and each with their own individual characteristics.
Within France and Italy, each region has its own specialties. Some French examples: in Brittany, savoury crepes (galettes) and light sweet crepes with almost every filling imaginable will tempt your taste buds. Local ham and bacon, eggs and dairy products are especially flavoursome in this region. Normandy is famous for its apple and pear juices, cider and Calvados (apple liqueur), cheeses (Camembert) butter and other dairy products. Best known is the Provence region where tomatoes, olives, onions, capsicums, thyme and basil grow everywhere. Add almost any sort of fish fresh from the Mediterranean, oysters, mussels and other shellfish, and you have the base of many delicious local dishes. And there is an equally wonderful range of cooking dishes and styles in the different regions of Italy. Discover more on our website!
Some of these tours come under Wine Tours Europe on the Slow Tours website, as they have a focus on wine as well as food. We also have a range of Wine Tours Europe where the focus is more on wine-tasting – but of course, food and wine are a natural partnership! Why not book a couple of tours; one with a focus on food and its preparation, and one on the wine and its delicious differences from one country to another. If you have not already done so, check out our category 'Wine Tours Europe'
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