Globe-trotting gourmands can take their culinary credentials to another level by seeking out unique, interactive experiences in which they truly work for their meal. These notable luxury resorts, clandestine restaurants, and innovative tour providers let amateurs try activities such as white-knuckle sport fishing, traditional truffle hunting, and digging for giant clams, with an added bonus of being able to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Whether you’re looking for an immersive foodie challenge, or a hands-on educational experience, you’ll want to add these travel-worthy experiences to your culinary bucket list.
Canada’s maritime provinces are the source of fresh, world-class seafood year round. Gourmands exploring the heart of central Newfoundland are wise to visit Indian Falls Chalets, which offers salmon fly-fishing and smoking workshops. Guests spend a day on the Indian River mastering the art of fly-fishing for Atlantic salmon and brook trout, then take part in a smoking workshop in which they learn how to prepare and smoke local salmon from start to finish.
In New Brunswick, Cielo Glamping Maritime invites guests to harvest their own oysters while on a stand-up paddleboard in the Bay of St. Simon. After harvesting and shucking, they get to taste the difference between those harvested at water temperature, served on ice, and charbroiled to perfection.
Prince Edward Island’s Tranquility Cove Adventures delights with clam digging tours to the deserted island of Boughton. After enough clams are harvested by guests, the party moves to the beach, where clams are steamed in saltwater. The experience also includes the chance to haul a lobster trap, crab pot, and mussel sock, plus a lesson on each fishery.