You may have gone on food walks, attended food festivals and bazaars to eat artisanal jams and breads. But, have you gone fishing with a local on the coast of Maharashtra or made cheese in Coonoor?
Food can take you places and that's what these experiences in India intend to do. Explore a new cuisine, cook with a villager or learn to make a new dish with this list.
Gorge on seafood at the Koli seafood festival in Mumbai
Kolis are one of the oldest inhabitants of Mumbai, and what better way to learn the food of the community than by attending this festival. Every January, the Koli women from Versova host Mumbaikars to some mind-blowing seafood dishes - there's pomfret, surmai, mackeral, crabs and prawns among others to eat here.
Love wine and curious about winemaking? Take a vineyard tour at Sula in Nashik to understand how your wine is made. It's a perfect place for wine lovers to taste their favourite wines paired with some delicious food.
At Acres Wild situated in the Nilgiri Hills, enjoy 22 acres of land and learn to make your own cheddar, mozarella or parmesan. The cheesemaking course is only for guests who stay in the farm, and is a two-day class focusing on gourmet artisan cheeses.
A Goan vacay for most people is not complete without eating the seafood or sunbathing on the beach. For the rest, there's Sujit Sumitran who teaches bread making in his backyard. A leadership coach, Sumitran started baking only a couple of years ago. But if you see his Instagram feed today, you will be blown away. He takes classes for artisanal sourdough bread, which he bakes in a wood-fired oven in his own house in Goa.
Love fish? Wandering Foodie organises tours where you can learn to bait and catch fish on your own. That's not all. You can also cook your catch by the sea! If fish is not your thing, take a tour of Khandesh in northern Maharashtra to cook with local masalas in a vineyard.
When in Coorg, you must do one thing for sure - drink coffee! You cannot leave Coorg without going on a coffee trail - your stay can arrange for one or sign up with Tata Coffee's plantation tours. Walk through the woods, soak in the nature and smell the fresh coffee!