SEATTLE, Wash. — Discover Heirloom Cuisine (, a week-long reality experience, meets increasing demand for culinary travel vacations, following in the footsteps of farmers to learn the story of sustainable, heirloom foods and farms. Culinary travel vacations have been designated as the fastest growing travel segment providing travelers connection to authentic travel, and a desire to discover back roads with a unique personal experience.

Recently released, Discover Heirloom Cuisine provides domestic culinary vacation itineraries featuring agriculture diverse North Central Washington. Small group environment, maximum 12 guests, experience daily lifestyle immersion, farm visits, boutique artisan producers, and chef demonstrations. Daily menu selections are made by guests, feature fresh heirloom produce, seasonal fruits, and vegetables, chosen directly from local growers. Workshops and field trips build a bridge to ongoing sustainable agriculture, providing tools to create their own healthy cuisine when they return home.

Strolling with the sheepherder, learning to make artisan cheese, cherry picking picnics, creating breads and spreads, heirloom grains and fruits, cutting fresh herbs for dinner, and personal chef instruction, are a few scheduled opportunities.

Culinary travel is sizzling hot for 2009, a top pick by Specialty Travel Trends and Destinations by the Specialty Travel Agents Association. The STAA states a growing demand for travel that includes local cuisine with gourmet itineraries: “Options worldwide may include learning about food production, local market excursions, cooking classes, artisan workshops, wine tasting and farm stays. Food is a testament to the richness and vibrancy of a culture, and it forges understanding, connects people, and reveals traditions layered with history. Despite economic challenges, people are continuing to pursue travel experiences that allow them to indulge in their passions and invigorate their mental well-being.”

Each Discover Heirloom Cuisine program explores agriculture rich destinations, cross-cultural and reality experiences. Guests are enticed to discover the flavor of the earth, share creative cuisine, feel personal substance through relationships to sustainable agriculture, to rural roots of agriculture history, and raised awareness of value and benefits to future generations.

Director Marcia Green states: “We trust our Discover Heirloom Cuisine guests will find their spirit connected to the land, enriched by agriculture history, yet feel responsible to future contribution and cooperation, to lead a more healthy lifestyle with personal benefit and well being.”

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