GASTRONOMY TOURS

Gastronomy Tourism

Even if in recent years gastronomy and culinary arts had boosted its popularity, its acceptation as a discipline becomes fact not in a recent history, but in ancient history. Sicilian Greek Orchestrates who has been admitted as eponym of term, finds the title of ‘Gastronomia’ acceptable for his book he has written down in fourth century B.C., in which he introduced food and wines in Mediterranean region. Actually, it can be said that he was the one who has systematically mentioned for the first time that geography has a voice on foods that society who inhabits on it would put away.

The word of ‘Gastronomia’, consisting of the Greek words of ‘gaster’, and ‘nomos’, meaning stomach, and law, was indeed in accord with the spirit of the book. This book which shows that soil, and climate determines stomach laws, had also underlined that a city without gastronomy couldn’t be identified. Thus, gastronomy became a discipline which is practiced with acceptance that all features of food and drinks were being knitted with historical, artificial, and cultural elements; as for in time, starting of this historical development process, it became a science which includes all the characteristics of food and beverage to be understood, practiced, and developed detailedly.

Journeys Upon Flavor

In old times when distances were long, the world was very big, and transculturation took long years, special stomach laws arise out of geographical differences was undoubtedly one of the most interesting things for travelers of the era. Tasting a fruit that wasn’t grown on their own soil for the first time was meant to experience the first example of Gastronomy Tourism too, and maybe traveling to a country one more time, and coming just to taste that fruit again.

Despite limited sources in its field, it will not be wrong to assume that gastronomy tourism started this way. Thousands of years ago, the importance attached to the Silk Road was pretty related with being able to reach to spices, olive oil, and wine all of which were acquired only in that geography. As for new world, traveling to Silk Road, or to any place in the world to reach unique flavors is very easy anymore, and modern travelers who are aware of this blessing, are no longer neglect turning their travelling stops into taste stops by following their antic ancestors’ footsteps.

What is Gastronomy Tourism?

Today, experiencing cuisine culture also became a reason as important as exploring historic fabric, and getting to know about cultural heritages of a city, among people’s reasons for participating into tourism movement. Therefore, sea-sand-sun trio isn’t the sole purpose of a holiday for a good number of travelophiles anymore. At this point, gastronomy tourism is on the rise, alternatively to classic holiday concept. Gastronomy tourism, Culinary Tourism, or Food Tourism which includes people who want to enrich their travels with extraordinary food experiences; has been described as ‘the pursuit, enjoyment of getting experience to unique and unforgettable flavors far and nearby ’ by World Food Travel Association established in 2003, Portland, Oregon. Despite description of association doesn’t distinguish far, or nearby, for many people Gastronomy Tourism is the epitome of a flavor stop at a distance that would be stood for at least one night; also, the key of exploring local restaurants, dinner wagons, and ethnic neighborhoods that are crammed into a joyous holiday.

Gastronomy Tours

Numerous answers can be found to the question of “What is Gastronomy?’. Gastronomy which can be somewhat mixed up into fields like chemistry, literature, biology, history, philosophy, sociology, science, nutrition, and agriculture, deepened its meaning that was already deep, further with its tourism potential. All other kitchen experiences accompanying to a meal like food sources, food facilities, food preparation, food presentation, food hygiene, became able to find place to themselves under the roof of Gastronomy. Through Gastronomy tours, when a group of travelers traded in a local farmer bazaar, or found a chance to help their homeowners in making a dish, or dishwashing, felt the enjoyment of having a much more effective, cozy, and accordingly, appealing to multiple senses, unforgettable experience than eating at any restaurant.      

As for tourism companies that want to create that kind of far-going kitchen experiences, they started to provide facilities like walking tours, and food organizations. By means of Gastronomy tours, a cafilla of bicycles are able to set their course to flavor stops; savor of picnic, breakfast, lunch or dinner at awarded restaurants on their destination.

Gastronomy Tourism and Turkey

Food culture is the leading one among the top features which secludes a community from another. While communities in the cold climate under tough agricultural conditions turn to a more carnivorous diet, communities that are located in Mediterranean climate zone feed mainly more with greens. When it comes to our country, alongside of its natural beauties, historical and cultural heritage, it has a mounted and important position in terms of its attractiveness for gastronomy tourism with it experiencing four seasons.

Especially endemic flavors that are special to eastern counties of our country are much more blended with their cultures. At Sanliurfa, the city where our company was established at, and gained inspiration to choose our name, there is no one who doesn’t know about story of the Pool of Abraham, and Mount Nemrut that became legendary with Steak Tartar A La Turca.   

Sanliurfa, as a region where has almost all the characteristics of South Eastern Anatolia, underlies its cuisine culture by its dishes that are with superabundant sauce, very harsh-tasting, and pretty spicy. Along with legumes family, wheat, being called as ‘cracked wheat’ is used to add in soups, and cold dishes. Natives of Urfa get a big kick out of entertaining their guests and treating them various foods. Probably for this reason, various foods of Sanliurfa are too numerous to be counted. These indigenous foods of this region like Ayran Çorbası (Ayran soup), Hamurlu (Doughy), Pıt Pıt (Burghul Flour), Sarı Çorba (Yellow Soup), Çağala Aşı (Green Almond Food), Pakla Aşı (Bean Food), Hıttı Bastırması, Soğan Tavası (Onion Skillet), Su Kabağı (Calabash), Bütün Balcan (Whole Eggplant), Sarımsak Aşı (Garlic Food), Kaburga (Rib), İsot Çömleği (İsot Pepper Pot), Bamya Çömleği (Gombo Pot), Acır Annaziği (Gherkin), Tatlı Bamya (Sweet Gombo), Erik Tavası (Plum Skillet), Lolaz Dürmüğü (Lolaz Wrap), Saca Basma, Döğmeç (Hard Wheat), Ekmek Aşı (Bread Food), Kenger (Acanthus Food), Semsek, Has Dolması (Appanage Stuffing), Mumbar Dolması (Stuffed Sheep Sausages), and Acı Bastırması, are all indicators of how rich the Urfa cuisine, and how generous are natives of Urfa in a manner.

Kaliru Tourism, as pioneer of uptrend Gastronomy Tourism in the World, at Turkey, also through Gastronomy Tours it organizes, and its subsidiary, Grupye.com, aims for bringing together the country’s cuisine which has a diversity worked with culture, with travelers who are devoted to their gusto. Both works with restaurants that are experts in their fields, hotels and catering firms, and makes discovery of indigenous foods possible to its customers by offering them the most important flavor stops throughout their personal travels.

What Can You Do by Getting Involved in Gastronomy Tourism?

There are a good number of options available for you to make your travels a heaven on earth with Gastronomy lead that opens a field in Tourism sector.

Walking Tours

Walking tours in high demand at destinations like İstanbul, İzmir, Bursa, Sanliurfa, Mardin, and Kapadokya (Cappadocia) are very popular both between domestic tourists and foreign tourists. Tours taking two or three hours, focus on just one theme. Group members, within the frame of their determinated focus, have the change to taste various flavors at more than one stops on their walking route. Dessert, chocolate tasting, and craftsmen restaurants are among the most popular stops of walking routes, and wine, beer, or any types of local alcohols can accompany to foods.

Local Homeowners

As most of gastronomy tours’ aim is to provide an authentic and unforgettable food experience, entrepreneurs go to creative ways to satisfying this demand. Visiting the local homeowners as one of these creative ways is the favorite of travelers who want to taste homemade and local flavors. Local home owner visits which are made by deals made with cooks who are trustworthy, willing to open up their houses to travelers who are keen on to discover new things, and put a plate on their dinner tables for them, too, are named as ‘Farmhouse Cooks’. Tours generally start with food shopping and goes on by cooking together. Such organizations promise an also cozy, as well as extraordinary experience to guests, which they cannot experience in a standard tour.  

The mission of travel companies on these tours is to provide communications reached out to be good quality for participants to be able to have the best experience. Alongside nice food experiences, travelers establish a connection with other tourism types, and new people.

Rural Zone Tourism

Even if cities claim of a large part of gastronomic tourists search for ‘exceptional dining’ experience that is called as exceptional food, rural areas catch visitors’ attention who are prone to get information on food sources, and how foods are made, far more. Rural Zone Tourism proffered to customers who want to have a gastronomy experience indigenous the area where is traveled to, leads travelers to vineyards, farms, bazaars, and production facilities.

Travelers who find the opportunity to experience everything they can taste at first hand have information about practices such as grape picking from vineyard, cheesemaking of milk, fruit-vegetable picking and processing, selling homemade, and handmade food and drinks.

Sometimes, this, and such rural zone tourism experiences link up with also other fields such as eco-tourism or organic agriculture. Some rural zone facilities even allow for tourists to stay for the night.

If you are keen on to give flavor to your travels, and taste cuisines indigenous to destinations you travel to, you can find cuisines above local flavors at the route you want to travel, make reservation to their menus through our subsidiary, Grupye.com (www.grupye.com). Or you can take part in our gastronomy tours, presented through Kaliru Tourism website, www.kalıruturizm.com.tr  

We wish you adventures with good appetite…

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