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MICEBTN - NovEMBEr 2015 • Page 23 Now 71 per cent of adventure travel itineraries include an ‘experiential’ food component AN ADVENTURE Travel Trade Associa- tion (ATTA) survey of tour operators, activity providers and travel agents has shown 71 per cent of adventure travel itineraries now have an experiential food focus. Cooking classes and visits to wineries, breweries and distilleries ranked as the top requested activities. The study also revealed that more than one third of global tourism expenditure is spent on food and beverage products, and tourists are increasingly identifying local food and food experiences as their primary and secondary motivations for choosing specific destinations. ATTA suggests the following 10 foodie adventures: Tuscany Slow Food Cycling Tour - a family-run farm in Tuscany offers cycling and epicurean adventures dedicated to the slow Food movement. This exclusive six-day Tuscany tour includes bike rides in Italy and a complete cultural immersion into the Tuscan lifestyle. http://www.ciclis- moclassico.com/trips/tuscany-green-tos- cana-verde Belgium Beer Bike Tour - There are more than 1,130 beers brewed in Bel- gium. In addition to six Trappist ales and abbey beers, it churns out lagers such as Stella Artois and Jupiler. This tour offers access to more boutique breweries than any other European bicycle tour. http:// www.ciclismoclassico.com/bike-belgium/ Epicurean Adventure Across Geor- gia’s Wine Country - Explore Georgia in the company of local MIR hosts, discover the history and living traditions of the country through its chefs, winemakers, artisans and musicians. http://www.mir- corp.com/trip/taste-of-georgia-wine-cui- sine-culture Taste of Uruguay - Cheese, wine and olive oil were introduced in Uruguay by families of immigrants who arrived more than 250 years ago. Today, many vine- yards, wineries and local cheese artisan producers open their doors to visitors to taste these Uruguayan gastronomic delights. http://www.adventure-life.com/ uruguay/tours/2828/taste-of-uruguay Patagonia Glamping Tour - Join South American photographer and nature docu- mentary filmmaker Ossian Lindholm in this Travel Vision Photo Journeys exclusive, a Patagonian hiking and photo itinerary that blends Chiloe Island and Torres Del Paine National Park. Savour special food and wine moments along the way. Evenings are spent at the award winning EcoCamp Patagonia in its geodesic Suite Domes, the region’s first fully sustainable accom- modation south of the Amazon and the world’s first geodesic hotel room. https:// ciclismoclassico.com/trips/patagonia-wild- life-adventure/ Peru Culinary Adventure - Enjoy one one of the best culinary tours in Peru while visiting Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and a Machu Picchu tour. Savour both the traditional and Novoandina dish- es of Peru cuisine along the way. http:// www.adventure-life.com/peru/tours/1544/ peru-cuisine Chronicle of Russian Cuisine and Culture - This journey lets you eat your way through Russia’s greatest cities, Moscow and St Petersburg, while taking care to touch on all the definitive cultural sites. You will learn that Russian cuisine goes far beyond borscht and blini. Explore the enduring open-air markets and their new organic relatives, the czarist and nouvelle cuisine restaurants, and the retro Soviet cafés and vodka bars of modern Russia. http://www.mircorp.com/trip/chron- icle-of-russian-cuisine-and-culture Provence Beautiful villages - Ride and Seek has introduced a tour in the Provence region to highlight some of the most beautiful villages of France as ranked by the group Les Plus Beaux Villages de France. http://www.rideandseek.com/local/ provence Taste of Thailand - Explore Bangkok and Chiang Mai on this culinary adven- ture in Thailand. Try your hand at cooking traditional Thai dishes and wander local markets to pick out fresh ingredients. Visit a local coffee project, a traditional Hmong mountain village, and centuries old temples as you connect with the culture through its cuisine on this seven day tour of Thailand. http://www.adventure-life.com/thailand/ tours/4994/taste-of-thailand Wines of Mendoza Tour - For those into wine, Mendoza is the heart of the wine country in Argentina, the fifth largest wine producer in the world. http://www. frontiersej.com/public/elegantJourneys/1/ Wines_of_Mendoza/main_menu_ej Cooking classes ranked as one of the top requested activities...