Back roads to culinary joy
With access to fresh, local produce, Italy’s flourishing food scene is a ‘must’ for the bucket lists of people who want to combine their love of food and travel on their next holiday.
Back-Roads Touring Brand Manager Hugh Houston suggests foodies look into guided small group touring with a leader who can show you the most authentic paddock to plate experience, minus any tourist traps. “If you want to eat where the locals eat and break bread with the local residents, then I recommend booking a tour like our ‘Slow Food Tour of Puglia’ package, that guarantees an authentic experience on the road,” he said.
On the Back-Roads ‘Slow Food tour of Puglia’, you will have the unique chance to sample several Slow Food Presidia products – high-quality, traditional foods at the risk of ‘extinction’ – and other local delicacies from quality producers. Alongside the tasting experience you will also discover a region of overwhelming beauty and history. “This particular tour was created on a very simple concept – everyone should have access to, and enjoy, food that is good for them, good for those who grow it and good for the planet – it’s really that simple,” Houston said.
Starting in Bari, the five night tour will see clients dining in traditional restaurants from the Osterie d’Italia Slow Food guide, as well as exploring the amazing stalactites, stalagmites, huge caverns and hidden pools of the Castellana caves.
The fine Italian cuisine offered on the trip will be topped off with wine from Puglia’s Salento region, as well as cheese tasting at Masseria Ferri, with Houston saying the product enjoys a strong repeat factor.