Whipping Up Something Good with Sustainable Travel

Sustainable travel trends have been heavily skewed towards holiday symbolism since the last of Thanksgiving leftovers were digested. Sustainable travel symbols of holiday cheer, like Christmas tree farms, are quite popular during this time of the year. Why not take a break from the inevitable chaos that comes around during these weeks leading up to Christmas and begin making sustainable travel plans for 2011. On the top of everyone’s list should be sustainable cooking classes. We all love to travel to delicious sustainable bakeries, cafes, or restaurants, but sustainable supper would be even more fulfilling knowing that you actually cooked it yourself.

Sustainable cooking classes are offered around the world, spanning every type of food imaginable. Consider sustainable travel to New Zealand for an enriching sustainable cooking experience.  There are a number of sustainable cooking class opportunities in this outdoor activity lover’s country. If you believe chocolate should be added to the food pyramid as a major food group, consider taking an organic chocolate cooking class. Located in Governor’s Bay, She Chocolat will provide good company for the chocolate enthusiast. Classes are offered to education prospective chocolatiers with education about the origins and tastes of chocolates, as well as recipes for making your own chocolate concoctions.

Lyttelton is home to one of New Zealand’s most beloved farmer’s markets. Peruse the many carts and aisles of fresh goods, but be sure to sign up for a sustainable cooking class. One of the many venues hosting cooking classes is the Ground Culinary Centre. This culinary wonderland believes in creating extremely flavorful food with only the freshest organic and locally grown ingredients. While its atmosphere is reminiscent of a bustling New York City deli, Ground Culinary Centre’s culinary expertise recognizes cuisine from all over the world. Cuisine from a different culture is featured monthly. Weather you will be traveling alone or with a large group, Ground Culinary Centre will provide a fun cooking experience, complete with samples of delicious concoctions, as well as glasses of fine, local wine. Classes are booked until February 2011, so be sure to make your reservations for an end-of-winter getaway.

Another New Zealand culinary wonder is Akaroa Cooking School, located in the namesake, a former French colony. Akaroa is nestled amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in all of New Zealand, so try to drive if at all possible. Akaroa Cooking School is a major proponent for cooing with the freshest ingredients offered in local markets and farms. A fun and educational cooking environment will allow you to learn how to create delectable dishes that will surely delight your family and friends upon returning from your sustainable travels to New Zealand.

Consider one or all of these cooking classes in New Zealand for a truly fulfilling sustainable travel experience.

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