“Food tourism is any tourism experience in which one learns about, appreciates, and/or consumes food and drink that reflects the local, regional or national cuisine, heritage and culture.” (skift.com)
Culinary or Food Tourism is actually an official industry that was founded in 2003. Eating and drinking is standard practice when (at home and) on holiday, so it makes perfect sense to cater (no pun intended) for a new wave of food and drink tourists around the world. Food and drink is becoming a big influence on choosing a destination for some travellers, which is why tour companies are now arranging foodie tours to give travellers unique eating and drinking experiences.
When it comes to food tourism in Africa, we wouldn’t even know where to begin. The spices are hot and colourful, the ingredients range from leaves to beans and the methods of cooking are from pounding yam to roasting lamb under coal. Whether it’s dining in luxury or eating street food, food tourists are simply in search of an authentic experience away from home and each African country has something taste to offer.
When travelling across Africa some signature dishes would be a lamb/chicken/fish tajine in Morocco, injera bread in Ethiopia, cassava leaves in Sierra Leone, chicken/fish yassa in Senegal, bunny chow on the streets of South Africa and jollof rice in…well let’s leave that for another post! Although there are 54 odd countries that have their own special type of cuisines, there are common ingredients and dishes per region.
As it’s not possible for everyone to go on a foodie holiday, we thought it would be a good idea to bring the food to you! We’ve organised our first pop-up dinner to sample some traditional Senegalese dishes and we would love for you to join us on 18th November 2015, 7pm at the trendy T & Shop in London. (Don’t tell the Nigerians but we heard the Senegalese make the best jollof so RSVP here to find out for yourself). We will be organising more pop-up dinners for other African cuisines so keep updated by joining our dinner club.
If you are planning to travel to an African country soon and want to know where the best places are to eat then join in on this week’s Travel Africa Twitter Chat. We will be recommending the places to eat in Africa and foods to sample whilst you are there. Tweet us (@myafricanpass) on Thursday 5th November at 1pm GMT and hashtag (#) AfroNomads so we can retweet your comments.
Hope to see you at one of our dinners 🙂