Culinary Tourism - Current News Headlines

Here are some of the culinary tourism news stories circulating:

1) New Website Links Tourism to Vermont Produced Food
    (Bloomberg Businessweek)

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — With the growing interest in local food, Vermont has come out with a new interactive website to help link people to nearly 400 food experiences around the state. is designed to promote agriculture and tourism. Visitors to the website can learn about locally grown Vermont products and the farmers, producers and chefs who make them.

2)  Peak Season for Culinary Fun Hits Tahoe in Early September

(NORTH LAKE TAHOE, California/Nevada) – The 27th Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival, long considered one of the region’s premier gourmet events, has increased the number of its programs – now offering nine days of festivities.

“Travelers have a healthy appetite for culinary tourism,” said Chief Marketing Officer Andy Chapman of the North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association. “They are eager to experience the food and wine of a particular region as part of their vacation. With this in mind, we expanded what was already an exceptional event and made it even better, offering nine days instead of three of tastings and classes.”

3) Is Culinary Tourism the Next Big Thing?  (BBC News)
In the wake of the ongoing economic crisis, the Greek island of Crete witnessed a noticeable decline in visitors earlier this summer. But a number of Greeks are rallying around to try to make tourism the driving force towards recovery.  As Rajan Datar reports, with its tradition of local fresh produce - could culinary tourism be the next big thing for the island?

4) In Focus with Martin Sheen to Explore Culinary Trends
In Focus is set to examine how the growing interest in the culinary arts is driving tourism.
The producers of In Focus with Martin Sheen are pleased to announce an upcoming report on culinary trends that are bringing new tastes to dining enthusiasts.

5) Beers and Bikes: A Match Made in Heaven
In recent years, cycling culture in metro Detroit has gone from nearly nonexistent to explosively popular, with significant cycling infrastructure being added in major metropolitan centers and small towns alike. At the same time, the same thing has been happening with craft beer culture, evolving from the niche realm of beer geekdom to mass consumption. Coincidence? Never. As bike culture and beer culture have grown exponentially in Michigan, they have also been growing together, in a symbiotic relationship of fun.


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