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Culinary vacation packages for families

Perhaps your family is familiar with the term

Perhaps your family is familiar with the term farm-to-table, but how about bait to plate? You can take part in a free fishing excursion through the Colony Club in Barbados during which your crew will join the hotel chef for a tour of local waters. Credit: Colony Club

Is your child the next gourmet guru? Explore the concept during a culinary adventure. Here are four ideas to consider.

1. JW MARRIOTT EL CONVENTO CUSCO, CUSCO, PERU Quinoa cookies? Kids can join the hotel's executive chef to learn how to make savory treats using this ancient Peruvian grain. In the process, they'll learn a few words of Quechua, the language of the Incans. Meanwhile, parents can uncover the secret to fresh ceviche or discover how the locals craft pisco sours through mixology lessons. The hotel is situated around a 16th century convent in a town that serves as the gateway for exploring the Inca Trail.

2. GENERATIONS RIVIERA MAYA, RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO Your kids will impress you with their sushi rolling skills, tempt you with shaved ice and delight you with handcrafted tortillas and tamales. Fresh ingredients? You bet. They will have toured the on-site greenhouse and learned how to pick the best components for their masterpieces. They'll hone these new skills while having a great time in the Little Eko Chefs program, available for junior foodies ages 4 to 12.

3. COLONY CLUB, BARBADOS Perhaps your family is familiar with the term farm to table, but how about bait to plate? Take part in a free fishing excursion, during which your crew will join the hotel chef for a tour of local waters. After securing the catch of the day, head back to the resort, where the chef's team will prepare and grill the fish for your table. The whole family will also enjoy time at the lagoon-style pool and rides on a banana boat.

4. BLACKBERRY FARM, WALLAND, TENNESSEE Prepare to relish foothills cuisine -- with inspiration culled from the neighboring Great Smoky Mountains -- and haute cuisine. You'll experience sumptuous meals made from the fruits and labor of this working farm. Your gang will learn about bee keeping, truffle hunting, sheep milking and the making of artisan cheese. At various times of the year, choose cooking classes, a tour with the master gardener or morning egg gathering.


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