Tour to Feast, spearheaded by Cox & Kings, has been launched to introduce travellers to journeys across India’s most popular culinary destinations, with a slice of history.
Each of these journeys is designed and accompanied by experts who will take travellers through the evolution of the indigenous cuisines of each region.
Speaking at the launch, Debolin Sen, head, Tour to Feast, said the tours cover food tasting at bazaars, food walks, home dining experiences, opportunities to “cook like a local” and informative sharing of the origins of cuisine.
Karan Anand, head, relationships, Cox & Kings said: “Each region’s culture can be best introduced through its food. We see a substantial increase in the number of tourists integrating culinary tours as part of their travel experiences. In India, each state has unique flavours, delectable cuisines and stories of bygone eras and their influence on food – the richness of these experiences needs to be presented in a very unique way and through a niche offering like Tour to Feast.”
To begin with, Tour to Feast will offer journeys across the most popular culinary destinations in India like Mumbai, Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi, Jaipur, Agra and Goa. Travellers can choose from an array of customised culinary holidays.
Tour to Feast itineraries fall under several categories. First, there’s Feast On, for an all-round destination experience including historical monuments, markets, cooking classes and sit-down meals with local chefs.
Cook like a Local is for those who enjoy or want to learn how to cook a region’s cuisine and get a deeper understanding of the produce on offer. Guests opting for this can expect a mix of cooking classes and demonstrations by local chefs and home cooks, market and farm tours, and cocktail workshops.
The third category is Forgotten Worlds with a heritage element. Itineraries will include heritage trails, cooking classes, home-dining experiences featuring forgotten recipes, and dying regional art forms.
Foodscapes takes participants through the various culinary pockets that make up a destination, giving a deeper understanding of the communities. Participants can meet locals and learn quintessential home-style recipes, set out on heritage trails, and enjoy street food walks served with a slice of history.
Finally, there’s Eat Retreat, where guests can slow down and enjoy organic farming activities, spice plantation tours, rustic meals, cooking workshops, and even yoga and meditation sessions.