Here’s another fantastic food opportunity with Silversea, the luxury cruise company.
Silversea have brought the Slow Food concept in to all their La Terrazza restaurants – there’s one on each ship. If you’re into food you will already know about the Slow Food movement, which encompasses the holistic aspect of food from its growing and harvest to its preparation and appreciation – fresh, sustainable and locally grown. Born out of Italy the concept has grown a strong following and Silversea have embraced it as well.
To further enhance the Slow Food experience they have developed a three-night pre- or post-cruise program, staying at one of Tuscany’s beautiful small hotels and exploring the culinary and cultural traditions of the area through its food, wine and oil growing.
The ship’s culinary team will be along as well to learn and interact alongside the guests.
“From Rome, travelers will enjoy a scenic drive into the heart of the Brunello region of Tuscany, leading to the vineyard estate of Castello Banfi, producer of some of the region’s best-known wines, including several selected for La Banca del Vino, the Slow Food-inspired wine bank of the University of Gastronomy in Pollenzo (Bra), Italy. The program includes three nights at Il Borgo, Castello Banfi’s elegant hotel nestled amid the vineyards and olive groves of Montalcino. Highlights include a cooking class, where participants will learn to prepare typical Tuscan specialties with the help of Silversea’s own culinary team and the estate’s professional staff; an in-depth tour of the Castello Banfi winery; and a full-day tour of Slow Food-recommended vineyards, olive groves, farms or other traditional food-producing operations in and around Bolgheri, escorted by Silversea’s culinary team, giving participants insider access to producers whose operations normally are not open to the public.”
The trip is only available three times in 2012 – as a pre-cruise option on an April and October cruise, and a post-cruise option on an April sailing. Cost is $US3599 per person t/s.
Posted by Sue Farley – NZ Travel Brokers-Nelson – www.travelgallery.co.nz