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(By Lorna Parkes via Lonely Planet)|
Food is a fundamental element in the travel experience – eating a local dish can evoke ancient traditions stirred into age-old recipes or bring to light new cultural movements whipped into modern fusion cuisine. Today, many of the world’s most food-obsessed countries are making their culinary culture all the more accessible through hands-on time with local cooks, open tasting rooms and behind-the-scenes tours.
From crafting chocolate in the Caribbean to hauling fresh lobster in Canada’s Maritimes and learning to cook Bolognese like an Italian nonna, here are some of the most mouthwatering food-touring experiences from around the world.
1. Nova Scotia, Canada
Chow down on a dish of Canada's most iconic export. (Image Source: TMON/Shutterstock)
Lobster, a junk food? Believe it or not, that was the status of this North Atlantic delicacy in Nova Scotia in the late 1800s, when storms would wash ashore hundreds of lobsters in the Bay of Fundy. So abundant were they that gaol-keepers would feed them to prisoners, paupers would harvest them for a free meal, and farmers would plough them under the soil as fertiliser.
Today, clapboard villages barricaded by lobster traps are still bankrolled by fishermen and the king of shellfish goes for a bargain C$6 or C$7 a pound. Lobster eggs benedict, lobster rolls, lobster poutine, or simply steamed and served with drawn butter, are just a few ways the locals eat them in the region’s multitude of shacks, cafes and lobster pounds. Join Fundy Adventures and set sail with a local fisherman to catch your own crustacean, learn about sustainable fishing practices, and then cook it alfresco like a true hunter-gatherer.