Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

2019 Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Food Tourism and Culinary Slumming

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1179-9_517



In the context of culinary tourism, food is used as a vehicle on which to embark on a culinary and historical journey. Such tours or journeys are often thematically focused around culture, history, religion and/or socioeconomic class within a small geographic space. Thus, food tours offer a means of exploring the nexus of history, culture, and food as rhetorically constructed and performed in the context of particular environments. Food tours, or culinary tourism, are not without their inherent ethical considerations such as cultural appropriation, cultural slumming, commodification, and exoticizing the Other.

Significance of Culinary Tourism

Also known as gastronomic tourism, culinary tourism, according to the World Food Travel Association, is the “pursuit of unique and memorable food and drink experiences.” The tourist focused on a culinary experience may select their travel destination based...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of CommunicationHumboldt State UniversityArcataUSA