Vancouver, Canada, May 01, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- When it comes to food and travelling -- EAT! Vancouver is where consumers get the unique opportunity to savour the cultures of countries around the globe. Every cuisine and culinary style opens a different door to a greater understanding of a fantasy-destination's history, culture, influences and environment. Is there a better way to discover a country than through its epicurean delights?
Culinary tourism -- where food and drink related activities are the attractions -- is experiencing a surge, as demand for trips that include food and wine rises.
Such adventures can range from luxurious, two-week culinary food-related tours of Europe or Asia to simple, weekend getaways at local cooking schools, hotels and spas. Today's travellers are becoming increasingly adventurous, sophisticated and bold in their dining experience; they travel to eat -- and dining is considered an important aspect of the adventure.
According to the 2006 survey by Tourism Industry Association (TIA) in partnership with Gourmet Magazine and the International Culinary Tourism Association, 27 million American travellers participated in culinary or wine-related activities while travelling within the previous three-year period. Even though market surveys were done only in Canada, the UK and the US, the results represent a new and developing trend within the international travel industry.
So organizers urge BCers and other visitors to "Taste and Explore the World this coming May 23rd through 25th at the second annual World Culinary Travel Expo at EAT! Vancouver, The Everything Food + Cooking Festival, BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, Canada."
Visitors will discover New Zealand's Maori delights, Barbados's delicious flying fish, Peru's cebiche, Louisiana's Cajun cooking, Malaysia's teh tarik (pulled tea), the exquisite cuisines of Turkey, China, Philippines, Indonesia, Cowichan Valley and more. Foodies can talk to Air Canada Vacations, Mason Horvath Travel and Poland Culinary Vacations on how to plan their own culinary travel experiences.
Attendees can also watch cooking presentations, sample mouth-watering cuisines deliciously prepared by chefs from Barbados, Japan, Malaysia, Peru, Philippines and other international destinations on the HomeSense International Culinary Stage. The excitement, sights, sounds, fragrances and flavours will leave everyone's five senses tantalized.
The World Culinary Travel Expo's culinary stage supporter -- evalu8.org -- has made a list of the ten top things everyone needs to know to get the most out of their visit to EAT! Vancouver.