8 of the best foodie tourism experiences here and across the world

group of friends eating gourmet food and drinking wine

Alice Piper

Posted June 20, 2022

What happens with your combine two of your favourite pastimes – food and travel? You get the foodie tourism experience dreams are made of. 

One of the best things about travelling are the memories you make. Experiencing a new culture, picking up the local lingo, meeting locals, observing different ways of living, and of course, tasting local food and drink, are all highlights of a holiday done well. 

If one of your passions is food and drink (especially wine), then you’re in luck, because foodie tourism experiences in Australia and around the world are becoming an increasingly popular way to travel and enjoy a wide range of unique gastronomic delights.  

So, get the cutlery ready and have the napkins on standby, because these are some of the best food tourism experiences to enjoy. 

Best food and wine travel experiences in Australia

Mornington Peninsula, Victoria  

Tour duration: 3 days 

When we think about Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, we can’t help but ponder immaculate wine and spectacular dishes made with simple, yet elegant local produce - and it could not be more appropriate for this 3-day food experience. Thanks to rolling vineyards and over 50 cellar doors, as well as beautiful landscapes, spectacular coastlines, and natural hot springs, this foodie tour is perfect for those who want to keep their travel experience local.  

Staying in Jackalope's Vineyard luxury accommodation, you'll indulge in some of the freshest produce as you dine at Doot Doot Doot restaurant and Flaggerdoot haute bar.

The amazing food doesn’t stop there, either. Thanks to the many wineries and world-class dining options scattered in the Mornington Peninsula, like CAPE restaurant, you can continue to eat and drink in southern Victoria until your heart’s content. 


Experience farm-to-fork style dining in the Mornington Peninsula. Image: Visit Victoria
Enjoy some of the Australia's best wines in the stunning Barossa Valley. Photo: South Australian Tourism Commission

Adelaide and Kangaroo Island, South Australia 

Tour duration: 6 days 

For a food travel experience with a focus on nature, you can’t go past Adelaide and Kangaroo Island, the perfect Australian destination for a leisurely balance of fine wine and dining, and adventure.  

This boutique travel experience starts in the beautiful Barossa Valley. Here, you'll spend a day sampling the various cellars and fine dining restaurants of this beautiful wine region, before heading onto Kangaroo Island.  

Once you’re on Kangaroo Island, you’ll enjoy breakfast with the locals (those being kangaroos and koalas, of course) at your boutique accommodation, before days of adventures, local produce lunches and a full day private wine tour, along with seeing sites like the incredible Seal Conservation and rock formations.  

East coast, Tasmania 

Tour duration: 6 days 

Tasmania is renowned for a lot of things in the world of food and wine. In fact, when it comes to food, Australia’s southernmost state produces some of the country’s best and freshest, with an emphasis on seafood.  

This 6-day foodie tour starts in Hobart, where you’ll be enjoy rich heritage, culture, and be able to taste some incredible Tasmanian wines before making your way up north to Launceston (with a few stops along the way), an area known for premier cool-climate wines and outstanding seafood. 

Just be sure to head out of metro Launceston to the surrounding green fields and country lanes, which are lined with 150-year-old hawthorn, poplar, and elm trees. In the rich farmland of the Tamar Valley, you'll find lavender plantations, vineyards, strawberry farms and orchards – perfect for both food and nature lovers. 

South coast, Western Australia 

Tour duration: 8 days 

Head to Western Australia to experience more fine wine on an 8 day tour. Known for its chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon wines, this adventure out west will see you hop between vineyards, forests and metro areas, as you experience diverse landscapes across the Margaret River, Dunsborough, Perth and Fremantle. 
Along the way, you can stop off at stunning beaches, walk through the tallest forest in the world, the Karri Forest, head to Rottnest Island to see the humpback whales, seals, dolphins and Osprey eagles, as well as being wined and dined in country clubs and lodges. 


Tasmania is known for premier cool-climate wines and outstanding seafood.
Western Australia is known for Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon wines.

Best food and wine travel experiences around the world

Rome, Amalfi Coast and Puglia, Italy  

Tour duration: 14 days  

Imagine sipping a vino while the sun sets across stunning coastline, eating the freshest seafood in the Mediterranean, or enjoying an aperitif while you sample local delicacies – this could be your reality on a 14-day tour of southern Italy.  

Beginning in Rome, you'll taste classic Roman dishes such as Cacio e Pepe, Pizza al Taglio, and of course, gelato, while you explore the finest monuments of this historic city such as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. 

You’ll then travel to Naples, famous for being the birthplace of pizza - where you’ll enjoy authentic pizza Napoletana as well as a classic Margherita, before heading to the island of Capri. 

When you visit Capri, you must try the famous dish Ravioli Capresi, made with a simple pasta dough and filled with parmigiano and aged caciotta cheese, and marjoram, and tossed with a fresh tomato and basil sauce.  

Next up is Puglia, known for creating some of the best focaccia and breads to come out of Italy, before exploring Salerno which is famously known for chestnuts, hazelnuts, and artichokes – buonissimo! 

Andalusia’s White Villages, Spain 

Tour duration: 11 days 

If you’re looking to live out your Spanish food dreams tasting classic dishes like patatas bravas, gazpacho, and of course churros, in the most authentic way possible, then this 11-day off-the-beaten-path Spanish adventure is where you can experience the very best that Spain has to offer. 

Dig deep into the cultural and natural beauty that is Andalucia and the Costa de la Luz, where you’ll explore the Pueblos Blancos, have the chance to cook traditional Andalucian food, and sample classic olive oils, sherries, and wines. 

Be as relaxed or adventurous as you like with this foodie tour, with the option to guide yourself through your culinary experience or follow a tour guide.  


traditional spanish food and drink

Classic Spanish dishes like patatas bravas, gazpacho, and of course churros. Image: Getty


Greek Islands, Greece 

Tour duration: 21 days 

For those looking for a longer trip overseas, enjoy three whole weeks on the sailing tour of a lifetime around the dazzling Cyclades Islands, renowned for its traditional cuisine and friendly locals. On this tour, you’ll feast on traditional Moussaka, Papoutsakia (stuffed eggplants), Soutzoukakia (Greek meatballs), and so much more before making your way to the island paradises of Santorini and Mykonos.  

You'll finish your trip in the capital of Athens, known for some of the best Souvlaki, Saganaki, and olives in the whole country.  

Mamanuca, Fiji 

Tour duration: 5 days  

Fiji really is the country tropical food dreams are made of, with fresh mangoes, divine citrus fruits, bountiful coconuts, pineapples, and papayas staples of the local cuisine, as well as curries featuring mud crabs, duck, goat, and some of the freshest seafood you’ll find anywhere. 
On the five-day trip to the Mamanuca Islands, locals will show you some of the best food around on Matamanoa Island, one of 20 exquisite islands in the Mamanuca archipelago, while you also have the chance to satisfy those adventure needs too.  

With pristine islands, incredible white sand beaches, dazzling blue water, volcanic mountains, spectacular coral reefs, and tropical rainforests, Fiji offers so much for families and couples, along with all that spectacular food. 


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