Tanzania is becoming a culinary hub for tourists – Advice Eating

Food tourism is booming in Tanzania, where thousands of eager – and ravenous – travelers flock to sample authentic Swahili dishes and warm local hospitality.

“It’s my first time here but I really enjoy the food. The locals are also very friendly,” he said Pamela Rawlings, a tourist from Scotland.

In her opinion, the East African nation with a long coastline on the Indian Ocean has great potential to become a culinary tourism hub where visitors from Glasgow can not only taste delicious meals that are not only good on the palate but also rich in nutrients.

“When I visit a place, I’m always interested in visiting places where people eat. And whenever possible, I try to eat at home with them,” Rawlings said.

Food is an important part of Tanzanian culture, which attracts foreign visitors who, like Rawlings, are looking for an immersive experience with a cocktail of history, culture and cuisine, say local caterers.

A rising trend

The local scene has seen a steady increase in food and drink events – cooking classes and competitions, as well as culinary tour companies trying to attract both local and international tourists.

Hotels and restaurants are now also having cultural nights and food celebrations from different parts of the country, said Geoffrey Meena, marketing manager at the Tanzania Tourist Board, a government agency tasked with promoting tourism.

An ideal place for culinary tourism, where visitors can explore places through their dishes and flavors, the East African nation offers a wide range of options for discerning travelers to cater to changing eating habits, according to Meena.

From sampling street food in Dar es Salaam’s bustling Kariakoo business district to taking cooking classes with local chefs, experts say Tanzania is fast on the radar as a culinary destination for holidaymakers looking for authentic culinary and travel experiences.

According to Meena, tourists are always treated to fine local cuisine, with all the culinary variations of Ugali, Mlenda, Machalari, Makande, Matoke, delicious Pilau and Nyama Choma, as well as some of the best local wines and beers.

“Tourists often spend time with local food vendors and learn how to cook a wide variety of African dishes,” Meena said.

While each region has its own favorite restaurants, according to experts, Dar es Salaam, Arusha and Zanzibar offer some of the most desirable food tours.

“We focus on quality and hygiene to ensure visitors have a safe experience,” Meena said.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, a tourist from Norway, Irene Christiansen, said she fell in love with Tanzanian food culture.

“The food here is fresh and tasty compared to the food I eat in Norway,” she said.

brand awareness

Lulu Adam, the chair of the Association of Tanzania Caterers, told Anadolu Agency that booming culinary tourism has created strong brand awareness and potential loyalties.

“Many tourists would want to go to certain restaurants to eat local dishes of their choice,” she said.

According to Adam, local cuisine is a major motivating factor for tourists to choose a local destination, with a larger budget allocated to gastronomic activities.

She added that tour operators have also added culinary tours to their itineraries to enrich tourists’ experiences.

“Our visitors love to see how the food is grown, harvested and made into a dish,” said Adam.

Meanwhile, the Tourism Board of Tanzania is working to promote culinary tourism through food competitions.

“Local cuisines put us on the global map. Tourists’ experience is incomplete without eating local foods and knowing how to cook them,” Meena said.

Strong connection to the community

Rawlings, a tourist from Scotland, said delicious local food helped her understand and bond with local communities.

“Although I know how to cook fish and ugali, learning the same from a professional Tanzanian chef was a refreshing experience,” she said.

For Rawlings, what she learned about preparing local dishes was the most exciting experience of her visit to Tanzania.

“There’s no better way to experience people’s heritage than to enjoy their food,” she said.

Through the food and the spices used, one can understand the local geography, landscape and vegetation, she said.

Source: AA

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