What would a vacation be without food?
Now that summer vacation time is in full swing, many of us are thinking about road trips. There’s nothing more quintessentially American than hitting the open road and enjoying the pure freedom of exploring this great country of ours. It’s a classic way to spend a long weekend or even a few weeks.
If you’re looking at road tripping this summer, why not make it a foodie road trip instead of the traditional vacation? A foodie road trip means your excursion centers around food-based sights and delicious meals. It’s a great way to experience our state or nation without having to eat fast food or gas station fare along the way.
To plan, start by taking a look at where you’re headed. If you’re driving in Pennsylvania, for example, you can visit:
• Artisanal cheesemakers
• Farmer’s markets
• Pop-up dining events
• Wineries and breweries
• Food vendors and food trucks
PA-Specific Foodie Road Trip Ideas
This is your chance to explore some types of meals you’ve never had before. For a PA foodie road trip, you might want to try some of these:
• Pizza Brain on Frankford Avenue in Philadelphia has one of the biggest collections of pizza memorabilia in the world.
• Visit the Hershey museum in Hershey, PA to learn about the history of chocolate.
• Head to a local farmer’s market, stock up on some basic foods and then have a picnic in a local park.
• Take a tour of a few breweries and wineries or stop by a farm with a “pick your own” sign to try a few local, fresh foods.
• Plan to visit a few of the artisanal cheesemakers in the state and be sure to make reservations at some great restaurants.
• Bricco is having a pop-up July event, and that’s something you won’t want to miss if you’re passing through the area!
Try Something New
A mix of casual options and restaurants will allow you to enjoy a bigger range of foods and experiences. Having a mobile device can make this even easier by letting you look for local options and even reserve a place at a local restaurant. Be sure to try a few dining variations you’ve never had a chance to test, too. For example, if you’ve never had a picnic by the water or visited a working farm, now’s the time to try it!
A foodie road trip is a great way to support local businesses, expose your taste buds to new flavors and get to know where your food comes from. If you are traveling with a family, a foodie road trip is ideal for expanding children’s culinary choices and getting them excited about learning about food production.
If you’ll be in the Harrisburg area this summer, feel free to make a reservation at Bricco for a unique taste of the region!