Remember last month when we told you that destinations not previously thought of as foodie hot spots would be on your radar in 2015? We weren’t kidding.
Did you ever think you’d see the words culinary and Arctic in the same sentence?
Didn’t think so.
Yet the Arctic Circle does have the potential to qualify as a less-discovered gastronomic gem, assuming the cuisine is authentic and delicious.
Adventure Canada has always believed in bringing people together through food, even in the remote Canadian Arctic. On a typical northern expedition, travellers exchange cultural traditions with rarely visited local communities by having a sample of seal meat and watching its preparation when it is available. They’re encouraged to taste the local cuisine, and the community members often feel proud to prepare and serve their food to those who haven’t tasted it before (and often poke fun at guests who can’t stomach the unique delicacies of the region). All in good fun, of course.
It doesn’t get more authentic than that, does it?
But what about delicious?
It appears that Adventure Canada has recognized the role of food as the new global currency in travel. They’ve recently upped their culinary game, bringing delicious to the Arctic experience by partnering with acclaimed sushi chef Hidekazu Tojo.
“Aboard our Heart of the Arctic expedition, Tojo-san will delight travellers with his culinary expertise, leading a series of workshops on and discussions of his art. But perhaps most exciting is his plan to design a unique culinary creation based on ingredients and customs of the local Inuit population. We cannot wait to set sail with such a luminary member of Canada’s culinary elite: just one more way Adventure Canada is helping to spread culture, knowledge, and community.
Renowned sushi chef Hidekazu Tojo will travel aboard the Ocean Endeavour creating artistic culinary bites inspired by the rugged beauty of the Canadian arctic. His love for wild and fresh ingredients, like albacore tuna and Alaskan black cod, makes this northern journey a perfect fit.”
Tojo-san will also offer expedition travellers the chance to learn the art of sushi making in exclusive shipboard sushi workshops. Learn to prepare the perfect California Roll by the very chef who invented it. It’s an experience not to be missed by foodies and adventurers alike.
The Wall Street Journal selected Tojo-san as one of the top ten sushi chefs in the world. He’s also been inducted into the BC Restaurants Hall of Fame, and received the Vancouver Magazine Lifetime Achievement award among many others. He’s also appeared on television with famous culinary experts like Martha Stewart and Anthony Bourdain.
If faultless ocean views, fluffy polar bears, and world-famous sushi appeal to you, then joining The Heart of the Arctic expedition could be your trip of a lifetime. The tour takes off on July 17th 2015 for a 13-day journey from Canada’s Inuit regions of Nunavik and Nunavut to Greenland. Expedition rates start at $3995 USD. For more information, visit Adventure Canada’s website.
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