Tours & Classes

What's better than learning about food? Not much! What better way to experience a region than to learn about its authentic food? A great way to do that is to take a culinary tour, cooking class, or attend a culinary event.

In this section, we present food-related events, tours and classes we think are outstanding — and perhaps a few other types of travel-related tours we think you might like.

If you've participated in a tour, class, or event and you'd like to share your experience, let us know. Or, if know of a terrific class or tour our readers might be interested in knowing about, let us know that too. And finally, if you operate tours or classes and you'd like realfoodtraveler editors to do a review, contact us. Our editors are happy to experience your services and give our readers an up-close-and-personal insight into your offerings. Just email us.

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A Fun New York Sushi Making Class

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Our Asian-inspired contributor Sandra Scott tries her hand at sushi making.

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Learning to Cook in Vietnam

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Sandra and John Scott learned Vietnamese dishes may be delicious, but cooking techniques aren’t so easy.

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Exploring Boston’s Mysterious Chinatown

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Boston is a city of neighborhoods and none is more vibrant and colorful than Chinatown. Step through the red and gold Chinatown gate at Beach and Hudson Streets and you’re transported into, what is for many of us, a secret and mysterious world.

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Mauna Kea: To the Top of the Hawaiian World

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We pull into the headquarters of Hawaii Forest and Trail (HFT) with a few minutes to spare and sign on the dotted line that we accept the risks of our upcoming nine-hour star adventure to the top of Mauna Kea on Hawaii’s Big Island.

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Hawaii: Learning to Appreciate Underwater Wonders

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Okay, I admit it, I’m not particularly comfortable in the ocean. I’m not a great swimmer, salt water burns my eyes, and, hey, I don’t really know what’s UNDER THERE.

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Glacier National Park, Montana: Jammin’ the Sun

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At 1.6 billion years old, they’re oldest things in Montana’s Glacier National Park. The swirls in the rock, fossilized blue green algae called straromatalites, look like something out of Picasso’s “Starry Night.”

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Exploring Barcelona by GoCar — it’s fun!

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Want to experience some of the great cities of the world like a local? You might want to try GoCar, gps-guided mini scooter-cars that put you onto the streets of cities like Barcelona, San Francisco, San Diego, Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon, and Miami.

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Moroccan Cuisine: A feast for the senses

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“Moroccans have no money, but are millionaires of time!” boomed Mustafa, our market tour guide. “We love to talk, drink tea, joke, and, most of all, eat!” He laughed heartily, slapping his over-sized belly and doubling over at his own joke. So began our cooking day experience with Souk Cuisine in Marrakech, Morocco.

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Epicurean Ways: making paella with Chef Willy Moya

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In a flat, shallow pan, stock, wine, garlic, Bomba rice, saffron, olive oil, red and green peppers, and shrimp, squid, and small chunks of sea bass bubble away. We are making paella, Spain’s famous rice dish.

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A Taste of Spain: Passionately Delicious

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With a warm smile, “our chef,” Jaume Brichs, picks us out of the teeming crowd at the main entrance of La Boqueria Market in Barcelona, Spain. He welcomes us and invites us into his exciting and exotic world of Spanish — or more accurately — Catalan cuisine.

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A Question of Taste: Authentic Tapas Tours

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Twenty three years ago, Welshman Roger Davies fell in love with Spain. Today, thousands of hungry travelers are glad he did.

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