The Goldring Travel 2016 Food & Wine Cruise highlights the culinary and cultural aspects of England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland.
Let me start by answering the question, "Why call this a Culinary & Cultural cruise rather than a Food & Wine cruise?" The answer is simple: The term "Food & Wine" has become so overused and so watered down that it essentially has become a meaningless term...at least to me.
It is one thing to, say, go to a local market and taste a bit of this or that, or to take a cooking class where you make a fairly ordinary dish (though probably not so ordinary for you) or to enjoy a nice bottle of wine. To me that is more like being on safari and ticking off that you saw a lion or elephant rather than taking hours to observe them, really see, hear and feel how they live. It may give you you bragging rights to your friends, but not the lifelong experience you can relieve in your mind with goosebumps.
I try to create memorable moments by "diving deep" where we can not only understand, but experience, where that food in the market comes from, enjoy truly unique culturally relevant cuisine prepared by world-class chefs or locally popular pubs and delve into how and where that wine came to be and, thus, why it tastes and smells the way it does. These are not things you can experience in a ship's culinary center, in a cooking demonstration, a shipboard wine-tasting or in a group of 25-100 people.
So with that: Here we go!
Our Culinary & Cultural experiences will start before we even board the Seabourn Quest on August 4, 2016. Because of my relationship with the superyacht and maritime industries, we have behind the scenes access to the Viking Recruitment Maritime Skills Academy where many of the Seabourn staff and crew (as well as other cruise line and yacht crew) are trained and certified in all things safety onboard the ship. How many Seabourn guests (or any cruise ship guests) get to do that!?
|Viking Recruitment's Maritime Skills Academy|
|Chapel Down Winery|
One of three wineries the 2016 Goldring Travel Culinary & Cultural Cruise
will visit while traveling the English countryside in Kent
|Captain Geir-Arne Thue-Nilsen with myself and my girlfriend|
during the 2015 Goldring Travel Culinary & Cultural Cruise in Norway
- A private tour and seven (7) high quality whisky tasting at the Highland Park Distillery (shhhh...part of the experience is a surprise!)
followed by a gourmet pub lunch, highlighting the freshest fish and Scottish fare, in a wonderful pub recently named the best pub in the Northern Isles...of course located on the quayside in Kirkwall, Scotland.
- A truly gourmet culinary experience in Dublin, Ireland. We will start by traveling to the organic garden of Chef Graham Neville, consistently noted as one of Ireland's best chefs, where he will give us a tour and explain is passion for utilizing almost entirely Irish ingredients in his culinary endeavors.
|Chef Graham Neville in his organic garden|
|Restaurant Forty One in Dublin, Ireland|
Not to worry, while in Scotland I will be having a proper haggis!
We have many more ports to explore and many more days to do it. Follow Goldring Travel as we sail through some of the most interesting historical areas of the world...and stayed tuned for the announcement of the 2017 Goldring Travel Culinary & Cultural Cruise!
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