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EXPLORING ECOTOURISM

Tourism and Food
by Ron Mader

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We've got to get ourselves back to the garden.
- Garden Notebook

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This section examines connections among agriculture, tourism and gastronomy.

Travel encourages first-person culinary adventures and 'foreign' cultures are all around us. Whether in food, music and sports, we are all aware of increasing globalization.

Food reminds us of places, linking where we are to where we have been or where we have yet to visit. Many travelers first meaningful international experience comes from dining. As we learn to decipher a menu, we explore a culture even before stepping abroad.

FOODIES

Everyone wants to know what is on the menu and everyone wants a good meal. I used to joke that old people would talk about their aches and pains and good dining experiences. It's not just the old folks.

Some foodies are more sophisticated than others. They actively seek out learning experiences in which they can sample regional cuisine. They might be on the hunt for the seven moles in Oaxaca or wine tasting in Australia or New Zealand.

MARKETS

Markets attract locals and visitors.. Visiting a traditional market, for example, offers a unique way of learning.

OAXACA

Oaxaca could be the capital of the 'slow food' movement. Meal preparation takes time as attention is given to culinary practices every bit as demanding as that of the local craft production.

AGRITOURISM

Many travelers have an insatiable curiosity about what's on the menu. Sometimes called 'farm tourism,' agritourism offers visits to working farms. Accommodation may be available, but most offerings are short educational visits.

Even if they do not visit, many travelers want to know what is growing in the field.


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Ron Mader is the responsible travel correspondent for Transitions Abroad and host of the award-winning Planeta.com website.


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