South India Culinary Adventure with Vikram Vij
Feb 20 - Mar 04, 2020
This departure is sold out! Please contact us to be placed on the waitlist.
When people in Vancouver are asked about Indian cuisine, there is one word that cannot fail to spring to mind; Vij’s. This iconic restaurant has been a renowned, award-winning constant of Vancouver’s culinary landscape for the past 25 years. So taking a gastronomic tour of India with Vij’s founder and co-owner Vikram Vij is something global foodies would jump at.
That’s exactly the opportunity being offered to UBC alumni and their friends in 2020, as Chef Vikram hosts a curated culinary adventure across Southern India. From the shores of Pondicherry, via technicolour temples in Madurai, extravagant mansions in Chettinad, through the fragrant spice gardens and tea plantations of Perivar, and the backwaters of Kerala, guests will enjoy hands-on cooking classes, hosted presentations, and guided walks through markets and bazaars.
Throughout, Vikram will regale the group with stories of his life and childhood, his interpretation of the dishes they experience, and share his vision of the future of cuisine through flavour and sustainability.
While Vikram’s international culinary tours
are a staple of his calendar, it’s not often people get to travel with him to
his homeland. South India holds a fascination for him because of the unique way
they integrate spices into their cooking, and Vikram travels not as a chef, but
like a student, bringing culinary influences back from each tour to incorporate
them into the menus of his restaurants, Vij’s, My Shanti, Rangoli and Sutra.
If a genie granted you one wish, what would it be?
"For Indian food to be a staple of everyone’s culinary repertoire."
What’s included: Airport transfers for passengers arriving and departing as per the group itinerary; accommodation based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar; meals as indicated in the itinerary; all internal transportation by private coach; sightseeing with qualified English-speaking guides; all activities and entrance fees; four cooking classes; special food experiences; Kathakali dance performance; taxes and gratuities (for guides, drivers, hotels, restaurants); fully escorted by your Worldwide Quest tour director.
Itinerary at a Glance
|2||Chennai's markets and bazaars|
|3||Along the Coromandel Coast|
|4||Cooking in Pondicherry|
|5||Rural life at Chidambaram and Kumbakonam|
|6||Tanjore’s magnificent temple complex|
|7||Chettinad’s fabulous mansions|
|8||Madurai’s Fish-Eyed Goddess|
|9||Across the Western Ghats to Periyar|
|10||Periyar’s spice gardens|
|11 - 12||Kumarakom|
|13||Kochi's ancient mosques|