Europe Food: Dishes to Dine For

Blue skies over Nåttarö and Ålö Islands | Kathy Kostos
Blue skies over Nåttarö and Ålö Islands | Kathy Kostos

Europe Food


Barolo Murialdo
Piedmont, a food lover's paradise

From humble home-made regional delights to sumptuous fine dining in Michelin star restaurants, the variety, choice of meals, and flavours available on a UTracks trip is reason enough to travel with us.

Below are some of our favourite flavours. Why not go taste them for yourself?

Cassoulet, France: The fortified town of Carcassone is a self-proclaimed capital of this popular slow-cooked dish, one of the oldest specialties in France. While it’s available in cans across France, there’s simply no comparison with the mixture of meats such as pork, goose or even duck, and white beans when prepared in a traditional earthenware pot by someone who knows what they’re doing. Visit Carcassone on our Canal du Midi Cycle tour.

Cherries, Slovenia: Centuries ago, Europe’s ruling elite as far away as Vienna, St Petersburg and Prague developed a taste for Slovenia’s famous little fruit. Today, the simple cherry still entices, with visitors across the continent converging on the countless Cherry Festivals held across the country throughout June. Try one for yourself whilst on one of our active Slovenian holidays.

Gozleme & Sage Tea, Turkey: Being greeted by gozleme, a type of pancake cross with flatbread filled with spinach and cheese, is an honour you’ll want to be bestowed on you. In the markets, gozleme varieties include a mixture of minced lamb, potato, white cheese, parsley, and chilli – or for the sweet tooths, try the honey or chocolate with nuts variety. To complete the experience, wash it down with sage tea. Taste it on one of our active tours in Turkey.

Meatballs and Lingon Berry Jam, Sweden: The Lingon Berry is a Scandinavian favourite. Its abundance in the local forests means it’s also plentiful in local restaurants. Splash it over herring, pancakes, mashed potatoes or try the countries favourite use for it, meatballs and Lingon Berry. If you’re an adventurous eater you may also want to try some of Sweden’s other favourites on their own, bleak roe (“löjrom”) or roast elk! Sample them during one of our tours in Sweden.

White truffles, Italy: If you’re a wannabe trifolau, join the likes of Sophia Lauren and Alfred Hitchcock and head to the Piedmont town of Alba to try Italy’s most famous – and pungent – fungi. The local truffles are legendary, as the International White Truffle Fair, which has existed since 1929, will lay testament to. Held in October to November, it’s a chance to try the local delicacy as well as watch the many medieval games held within the region. Try a truffle in Piedmont during one of our tours.

French Cuisine, France: Sample world-famous cuisine on the 12 days guided cycle accompanied by Australian author, Mary Moody. Explore historic towns, eat lunch at a 100-year-old family restaurant, go truffle hunting, visit the local markets, indulge in wine tasting and fine dining experiences. Food Lover's French Way of St. James

What food in Europe have you indulged in that's worth travelling for? 

France, Italy, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey

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