Enjoy clotted cream in Cornwall - just one of many of the world's most delicious foodie experiences (Shutterstock)
List Words : Insider Secrets | 19 September 2018

33 of the world's best foodie experiences

Some foodie delights are well-worth travelling the world for. Maybe your local delicacy has made the cut? Or your favourite feast has been missed from the list? Let's find out...

1. Afternoon tea at Bettys, Harrogate, London, UK

Afternoon tea at Bettys of Harrogate invokes a gentler, less-rushed era with a quintessentially British atmosphere and a classy brew.

2. Fresh British asparagus, UK

Nothing quite beats cutting home-grown asparagus spears straight from the soil, just as you put on a pan of water to cook them.

3. Marinated BBQ'd lamb, New Zealand

Successfully mastering a marinated lamb cutlet on the BBQ and cooking the tender meat over charcoal is a male rite of passage.

4. Breakfast at The Wolseley, London, UK

Breakfast at London’s buzzy, old-world brasserie The Wolseley is an institution.

5. Beluga caviar, Russia or Iran

The Beluga Caviar Bar in one of Moscow, Russia's department stores (Shutterstock)

The Beluga Caviar Bar in one of Moscow, Russia's department stores (Shutterstock)

Fine Russian or Iranian beluga caviar is one of life’s little luxuries.

6. Catching and cooking a mackerel on a beach, Australia

Catching your own mackerel to cook there and then on the beach is the stuff of every foraging foodie’s fantasy.

7. Dining at Chez Panisse, California, USA

Chez Panisse – founded in Berkeley, California in 1980 – continues to set the standard for classy yet simple, earthy cooking.

8. Chocolate fondant pudding, anywhere!

Chocolate fondant pudding – are there many things more satisfying than cutting into its soft sponge and watching that rich molten centre ooze out?

9. Eating a hot dog at a baseball game, USA

Amid the roar of the crowd, the jingles that play on a home run, surrounded by pals, and above all thousands of baseball-mad Americans the taste of a hot dog is truly sublime.

10. Coffee and croissants in a Parisian café, France

Coffee and croissants outside of a stylish Paris cafe (Shutterstock)

Coffee and croissants outside of a stylish Paris cafe (Shutterstock)

Hot, fresh butter croissant direct from the ovens of a Parisian corner café with a steaming cup of coffee, while you sit and watch the hustle and bustle pass by.

11. Collecting and cooking fresh eggs, anywhere!

Collect freshly laid eggs from a warm nest, set a pan over a simple fire and cook them.

12. Cooking curry from scratch, India

Making a curry from scratch is a real revelation as you pound, grind or whizz up your own curry paste and the aromas take over the kitchen.

13. Cornish clotted cream, UK

Rich and thick clotted cream is a simple must-have on any fruit scone.

14. Curing raw fish (gravlax), Scandinavia

Marinating or 'curing' raw fish is something everyone should try for themselves – it's simple and very tasty.

15. Fresh seafood by the sea, the Mediterranean 

A seafood barbecue by the Mediterranean Sea (Shutterstock)

A seafood barbecue by the Mediterranean Sea (Shutterstock)

Mini-breaks by the sea are made for crab sandwiches or platters of seafood to share while boats bob up and down on the water and seabirds soar overhead.

16. Chocolate éclairs, France

Crisp light choux, oozy Chantilly cream and best-quality chocolate, there are few things more enjoyable than devouring a delicate éclair from a typically French boulangerie.

17. Woodland glade picnic, anywhere!

Fill a hamper with elderflower cordial, egg and cress sandwiches, sausage rolls and scones and find your nearest wild wood – very fairy tale.

18. Blackberry picking, UK

Try picking ripe blackberries from a laden hedgerow you've stumbled upon during a family walk, plump and warm from a British summer sun.

19. Greengages, France

Greengages – part of the European plum family and are rich, juicy and ripe which has become a somewhat forgotten culinary treasure.

20.Visiting Jemaa el Fnaa Square, Marrakech, Morocco 

A colourful array of spices on display in Jemaa el Fnaa Square, Morocco (Shutterstock)

A colourful array of spices on display in Jemaa el Fnaa Square, Morocco (Shutterstock)

Marrakech’s Jemaa el Fna Square is one of the world’s great meeting places where people congregate before grazing their way around stall-upon-stall of sizzling street food.

21. Fresh honeycomb, Europe

Whether on idyllic islands in Greece or little-known villages in Kosovo, cut straight from a hive, fresh honeycomb is a real treat. Honey like this – in its most natural state – can be eaten just as is. But it’s also delicious melted on hot toast.

22. Baking your own bread, anywhere!

More and more people are rediscovering the joy of baking homemade bread – a humble loaf can be baked in next to no time and fills your kitchen (or picnic basket) with incredible aromas.

23. Making homemade ice cream, Italy

Making your own ice cream is unexpectedly easy and very satisfying – the beauty being that you can create your own flavours as you go. Where better to learn the skill than in the birthplace of creamy, tempting gelato.

24. Wild British strawberries, UK

Strawberries, glorious strawberries! Smaller when found wild in the UK... (Shutterstock)

Strawberries, glorious strawberries! Smaller when found wild in the UK... (Shutterstock)

Discovering a patch of wild strawberries in a field or meadow is a real treat. Much smaller (but tastier!) than anything you’ll find in the shops, they’re tiny and magical with an intense sweetness.

25. International wine trail, South Africa, California, Europe, Australia...

A wine trail is a brilliant way to learn more about wine – and the country that produces it.

26. British ale with a Scotch egg, UK

Scotch eggs are best enjoyed with a pint of British ale, as you savour the crisp coating, nicely seasoned sausage-meat and inner egg cooked just-so.

27. Guinness at The Stag's Head, Dublin, Ireland

The Stag’s Head in Dublin is centuries-old and while once a stomping ground for iconic writer James Joyce, and used in many a movie, they also know how to pour the perfect Guinness for punters to enjoy.

28. Dawn fry-up at Smithfield market, London, UK

Breakfast with the crack-of-dawn butchers of London’s Smithfield meat market is a secret, city experience for devotees of the Full English.

29. Street food in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

A street food vendor in Malaysia, hard at work (Shutterstock)

A street food vendor in Malaysia, hard at work (Shutterstock)

The capital city’s street food is the real deal: a melting pot of flavours that mixes Malay with Chinese and Indian in the sprawling food markets.

30. Sushi at Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo, Japan

Each morning hundreds of different species of fish pass through Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market – the world’s biggest wholesale fish market and the perfect place to get the freshest sashimi and sushi.

31. Takeaway fish 'n' chips, UK

What could be more British than fish and chips wrapped in paper and smothered in salt and vinegar, enjoyed while sat on a harbour wall?

32. Tapas in San Miguel Market, Madrid, Spain

At night, Madrid’s San Miguel Market transforms into a beautiful beacon for culinary connoisseurs, with a mass of tapas bars that open for the sole purpose of communal eating.

33. Toasting a haggis with Scotch whisk, Scotland

Bagpipes, Robbie Burns, cock-a-leekie soup, neeps and tatties and plenty of single malt – toasting a haggis on Burns Night is an institution of Scottish life.

These 34 foodie experiences have been taken from Kenwood's Ultimate 50 Food Experiences list, chosen by TV chef Simon Rimmer, critic Giles Coren and writer William Sitwell. 

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