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Sweden, Cairo & Tokyo: Explore the wonders of gastronomic tours

Gastronomic Tours are gaining popularity with Indian travellers to discover new food-centric cultures.

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Last Updated: Jul 18, 2019, 05.13 AM IST|Original: Jul 18, 2019, 05.13 AM IST
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Crawl To Eat
Young travellers love to watch juicy sticks of insects at a food market in Shenyang in China
One of the smartest and the quickest ways to explore and understand the true culture of a destination is through its local food markets. Bustling local markets that sell farmer’s produce — be it fruits, meat, fish,vegetables or even insects (they are the new superfoods, if you didn’t quite know yet), are a popular haunt for curious travellers.

Next time you travel with your family, we strongly suggest you make your reservations for a Gastronomic Tour or a Culinary Trail. There are many popular agencies and individuals online who offer the market trail or food trips at a small fee.

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Twist To Taste
Pack up Swedish delights such as reindeer meat, cinnamon rolls and lingonberries jam for a nice picnic. (Image: SusanneWalström/imagebank.sweden.se)

Of course, there are premium trails too where a renowned chef from a local restaurant would begin her/his day with a visit to the local market to hand-pick fresh produce. While he explains the benefits of the local produce and its essence in current day festivals and kitchens, a bee-line of travellers love this hands-on experience.

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Turkish Treats
Food vendors prepare delicious dishes after evening prayer outside Eyup Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. The delicious aroma rises in the air and everyone is welcome to have a plate.

Local markets are also a fascinating humdrum of activity. This makes the venue a perfect backdrop for picture opportunities. Many stalls also extend their produce with a snacky spread at a cafe-like open spot.

Enriching explorations here can be truly enjoyable where you can sip on some locally grown and brewed tea or coffee. Try jams, pickles and honey that is being sold by the harvestor himself.

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Fruity Mix
People enjoy street food at the Myeongdong shopping district in Seoul, South Korea.

Take your pick of a trinket with shells and marbles or gemstone baubles where a design student has opened her stall. Buy unique gift items that shall draw admiration from your friends. Markets can boost local tourism. This trend is here to stay.

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Morning Bread
A street vendor sells food in Bucharest, Romania.

Let’s take a quick look at how popular sporting events bring out culinary delights that become an important facet of the event. As per a story input in Associated Press: In Belgium, everyone loves cycling events.

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Floral Tributes
Mornings team with street vendors who sell bright lotus flowers to devotees outside Wat Tuol Tom Pong pagoda in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It’s a beautiful sight!

What adds to the spectacle is the cheering crowds that watch the Tour de France racers (yes, The 2019 Tour shall cross through two countries, Belgium and France. It shall conclude on July 28 with the Champs-Élysées stage in Paris.) while also munching on fries slathered in mayo.

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Open-Air
A waitress passes food to a colleague at a street food stall in Ameya Yokocho market in Tokyo, Japan. Ameya Yokocho claimed to be Tokyo’s last remaining open air market, started out as a black market after WWII when American goods were sold there. It now has around 500 shops along a long, narrow lane and is visited by tens of thousands of people daily.

Don’t make the mistake of calling them ‘French Fries’. Belgium, the country that gifted the great Eddy Merckx to cycling, chopping potatoes into slivers and deep-frying them in fat is practically an art.

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Farm To Fork
A waiter carries food from a kitchen to a table across the street in Abai Village in Sokcho, South Korea.

The real things, for the aficionados, are made from fresh potatoes only, doublecooked in beef drippings that crackle and crunch between the teeth. On the cards is a rolling gastronomic and cultural feast during the Tour.

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Yangon Spread
Students practice serving food during a class on Burmese or Myanmarese dining etiquette in Yangon. During a guided food trail, you can get a chance to interact with a local family too.

There’ll be quiches, pates, cakes and snails in the east of France; cheeses, hams and chestnuts in the Massif Central mountains in the middle; bean stews, sausages and yet more cheeses in the south; and don’t forget to leave room in the Alps for more cheese, plus other mountain delicacies.

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Spanish Treats
Watch in awe as vendors prepare ‘churros’ (typical Spanish donut) at the traditional churreria ‘La Manueta’ in Pamplona, northern Spain.

Oh, and did we mention the beers and wines? Stage 3 shall see the Tour roll into Epernay in French Champagne country. Cheers!

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Do Me A Favour, Please Buy This
A local vendor carries a tray of bread for breakfast through a market street in Cairo, Egypt.

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