27 New Ways to Eat (and Drink) Local

Experience Taste of Place, a collection of local culinary and beverage experiences around the world.

Treat yourself to an authentic Caribbean meal with any of four culinary tours at Four Seasons Resort Nevis. Choose Dive and Dine, and you'll catch, then eat, your own lobster. Or take to the garden to pick your own fruits, vegetables and herbs to go into a fresh three-course meal. Kick it up a notch with a Rum Pairing Dinner at 101 Rums Bar, or elect to dine with locals on a traditional goat stew and spicy jerk chicken from recipes handed down for generations. The choice is yours – or experience them all over a three-day excursion.
Explore the beautiful scenery of Johannesburg while indulging in a gourmet picnic. Choose one of the three "Gourmet Chic-nic" excursions from the Four Seasons Hotel Johannesburg kitchen for a sampling of native foods such as cheeses, macarons, fish and seasonal crudités. Enjoy these delicacies in a special outdoor setting such as the Johannesburg Zoo, James and Ethel Graypark, or The Strawberry Farm.
Indulge in classic Bahraini dishes while learning the art of cooking them in this unique culinary experience at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay. Your authentic journey includes your choice of a cooking class at Bahrain Bay Kitchen, focusing on raw vegan cuisine, or a cooking session with celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck. In addition to crafting local dishes such as balaleet (sweet vermicelli with fried eggs on top), you’ll delve into the history of traditional spices and influences on the Kingdom’s culinary culture.
Wine and dine with three tastemakers of the Seattle food and wine scene in this culinary celebration, exclusive to guests of Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. Begin with a guided tour of Charles Smith Wines Jet City, a two-storey winery, led by winemaker Charles Smith himself as you enjoy oysters and a barrel tasting. Then, indulge in a five-course Pacific Northwest dinner, thoughtfully prepared and paired with wines by chefs Ethan Stowell and Joe Ritchie.
Gain an understanding of the character and culture of Dubai as you explore the Bur Dubai, Deira and Satwa regions in this three-day culinary experience. Begin with a sampling of traditional Emirati breakfast, followed by an Arabian tea and a visit to the local spice market. On Day Two, enjoy breakfast at Firebird Diner by Michael Mina at Four Seasons Dubai International Finance Centre and your choice of dinner at Coya or Sea Fu. Complete your journey with a desert safari adventure.
Indulge in fine Shanghainese and Cantonese delicacies in this private dinner and tour at Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou. Begin your day with an authentic breakfast of soybean milk and dough sticks, then follow Chef Wang Yong to a local food market, where you’ll discover the flavours of Hangzhou. Complete your journey with dinner and an intimate behind-the-scenes tour of the award-winning restaurant Jin Sha.
Discover Czech wine culture, from grapes to glass, with an exclusive tasting at CottoCrudo Bar and Lounge at Four Seasons Hotel Prague. Sommelier Igor Tuska will be your guide through the steps of the winemaking process as you sample local varietals along with chlebicky, traditional Czech canapés.
Choose among three experiences that serve up the diverse tastes of Baltimore: a rooftop crab feast with all the trimmings, a chef-guided tour and down-home pig roast at a local farm, and a lesson in the little-known art of butchery by French Master Butcher Marv Pauvert at Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore.
Combine fine dining with a day of boating in picturesque Palm Beach. Your seaside adventure begins with breakfast and a visit to the area's top waterfront market with the chef at Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach. Embark on a Champagne cruise on the Intracoastal Waterway, followed by a personalized, four-course oceanfront dinner.
Immerse yourself in Hawaii's signature food and wine experience: Chef Fest at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. Your private access to the three-day festival includes interactive cooking classes with the Resort's culinary experts, a rare wine tasting, a beach cookout, a morning of outrigger and standup paddling followed by a chef's brunch, and a chef-prepared dinner.
Taste award-winning and limited-release Colorado whiskeys during a private tour of Stranahan's Distillery, led by the beverage director of Four Seasons Hotel Denver. After the tour, enjoy a chef-prepared, four-course dinner, complete with whiskey pairings.
Tour one of Southern California’s largest and most pristine olive orchards, operated by the Ojai Olive Oil Company and surrounded by the scenic Santa Monica Mountains. Enjoy a private tasting, then return to the ranch for a dinner prepared by the Executive Chef at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, California.
Take a scenic helicopter journey through the alpine beauty of British Columbia to an ice cave, where you’ll gather pure glacier ice to be used in an aperitif. After an on-site cocktail hour, your evening ends with a private dinner at a luxurious Private Residence at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler.
Enjoy a tour of the Soulard Farmers Market in St. Louis—a historic market dating back to 1779—and shop for locally grown produce alongside the Executive Chef at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis. Later, embark on the sweet-and-savoury Best of St. Louis experience, a progressive meal featuring local barbecue, beer and dessert.
Stroll through a traditional Malaysian market and organic farm, shopping for ingredients for a cooking class with the Executive Sous-Chef at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi. Enjoy a specially prepared lunch featuring traditional Malay dishes, and top off the day with a visit to the Night Market.
In the ancient city of Chiang Mai, learn the techniques of preparing a secret Thai dish during a cooking class led by the culinary team at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai. End your day with a wine tasting and private dinner at the Rice Barn (pictured here), complete with live music.
Tour the famous 7X Ranch in Colorado high country, and then enjoy a cocktail tasting at Woody Creek Distillers. Afterwards, join the chef at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail for an intimate dinner in the kitchen that includes specially prepared appetizers and fresh 7X steaks.
Take an insider’s peek at the workings of the Cantonese kitchen at Lung King Heen at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, then enjoy a dining tour of Hong Kong restaurants. Along the way, you’ll have lunch at a famous dim sum spot and a private dinner, prepared by Michelin-starred Chef Chan Yan Tak, at the Hotel.
Learn to prepare authentic Indonesian dishes at Bali's Jimbaran Bay Cooking Academy. You'll visit a traditional market, select ingredients and then prepare your meals with the help of chefs from Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay.
The Lanai For All Senses experience begins with a lesson in how locals prepare poke fish, the Hawaiian version of Japanese sashimi. Afterwards, you'll take a mixology lesson and tour a local farm, gathering herbs and vegetables that the culinary team at Four Seasons Resort Lanai will use to develop your personalized dinner menu that evening.
Tour the Samui Rum Distillery near Koh Samui, Thailand, and sample four rare, artisanal rums as you gather tips from the expert mixologist at Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui Thailand. By the end of the lesson, you'll be able to whip up the Resort's signature rum cocktails, as well as your own creations.
In the mountainous seaport of Vancouver, get a taste of what this city does best by choosing your own epicurean adventure. At Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, three Taste of Place experiences are on offer, each one featuring a tour and a master class in the art of either dessert making, cocktail mixing or sustainable seafood.
Embark on a two-day Egyptian adventure that begins with a tour of Makar Farms, the region’s top organic farm, and a meal specially prepared by the chef at Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza. On Day Two, enjoy a visit to a vineyard known for producing some of Egypt’s finest wines, followed by an Egyptian cooking lesson.
In the wine-rich region of Tuscany, discover The Secrets of Chianti during a private wine class and tasting in the Wine Cellar at Four Seasons Hotel Firenze. You can also spend a full day visiting Tuscan vineyards in the Chianti region, stopping for lunch in the countryside. Both experiences take place under the guidance of the Hotel’s expert sommeliers.
Soar by helicopter above the towering waterfalls and rainforests of Maui to the famed Hana Ranch for a taste of island life. Select local ingredients from the ranch’s organic farm and enjoy lunch prepared by the chefs at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea.
Taste your way through the four best cocktails bars in Mexico City with an expert guide, renowned mixologist Mica Rousseau of Limantour at Four Seasons Hotel Mexico, D.F. Rousseau will introduce you to the cocktail traditions of the region and share the inspiration behind his signature premium creations.
Join the executive chef at Four Seasons Resort Santa Fe for a three-day culinary adventure. From a private wine tasting at Gruet Winery to a neighborhood art excursion, taste and see Santa Fe from an insider's perspective. Sample fresh produce at the farmers market, and visit local establishments in the historic area of San Ildefonso Pueblo. To cap the experience, enjoy a seasonal meal prepared at the Resort and served at the chef’s table or in the chef’s garden.

Natives of Buenos Aires will tell you that you haven’t fully experienced Argentina until you’ve enjoyed an authentic asado-style meal – a revered weekend dining ritual where families and friends grill meats, tables are filled with salads and appetizers, and local red wines flow freely. You haven’t tasted Indonesia, locals say, until you’ve sampled babi guling, aka roast suckling pig, from the beach in Bali. And in Florence, it’s an unwritten rule that la passeggiata (a traditional evening stroll) is incomplete without a scoop of creamy gelato.

The fastest and most enjoyable way for travellers to immerse themselves in the culture of any corner of the world is to dive into the culinary scene – order traditional dishes, explore food markets and local farms, and speak to chefs and home cooks about their favourite recipes.

Taste of Place, a new series of fine dining experiences from Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, is designed so guests can do exactly that. Its goal is to bring travellers and locals who have an appetite for exploration together with the flavours and cultures of places like Cairo, Koh Samui and Lanai.

During these epicurean adventures, you’ll visit markets and farms to sample and gather fresh ingredients commonly used in local cuisine. Many experiences include cooking classes alongside expert chefs, where you’ll learn how the traditions and customs of a region are reflected in the preparation and seasoning of its food. And each Taste of Place offering includes one or more chef-prepared meals, served in an unforgettable setting.

Scroll through the gallery above to get a taste of specific food tourism offerings around the globe.

Taste of Place joins an already extensive portfolio of Four Seasons culinary innovations, including the recently launched “Culinary Discoveries” itinerary on board the Four Seasons Private Jet. This new itinerary, developed in partnership with René Redzepi and the Noma team, is a once-in-a-lifetime cross-continental culinary journey through the finest kitchens, freshest markets and most exquisite dining experiences in the world. Learn more about how you can see Europe and Asia through the eyes of a Michelin-starred chef here.