Top 5 Food Travel Podcasts

If you haven’t jumped on the podcast train yet this is your moment. Podcasts are an incredible resource to learn, grow, research, and be entertained in the process. That said, everybody and their mother seems to be a podcast host today, which means you’ll have to be very selective with your precious download space. Moreover, while there are currently 900,000 (!) different podcasts, several thousands of those dedicated to food OR travel, there are not too many that cater specifically to food travelers. However, over the last few years we have come across a few very decent ones. These 3 have been the most helpful in planning and researching for our foodie adventures and we hope they’ll bring value – or inspiration! – to your culinary escapades as well. 

1. The Dish – #FoodWorthTravelingFor 

Tommo and Megsy from Food Fun Travel are some of the most seasoned food travelers in the blogging universe and I have a lot of respect for their work. Through The Dish, their dedicated food travel podcast, they essentially uncover the stories behind the world’s most famous dishes, one episode at a time. The Dish provides the most in-depth historic and cultural context of all the podcasts out there. Tommo and Megsy have travelled very extensively hence the podcast covers locations as varied as Goa, Vietnam, New Zealand and Lithuania, among many others. They had my curiosity after the in-depth Yucatan cuisine segment, but they really had my attention when they dedicated an entire episode to the history of popcorn! (My name is Gaby and I’m a popcorn addict). Also, thanks for the fish taco episode guys, it was very helpful for our Baja California adventure! Join this adorable duo and their expert guests for tasty facts, foodie secrets and invaluable tips.

2. Find Dining Podcast – The podcast for foodies who love travel and travelers who love food.

I’m a sucker for a clever name! Each week, Seth Resler, the founder of Taste Trekkers, talks to a chef or culinary expert from a different region about their local dining scene. The last episode aired in 2017 but the archives are still available on Apple Podcasts and other platforms. Despite being slightly dated, the show is well produced and the guests are high caliber. Be sure to listen to the fantastic candid interview with chef Michael Cimarusti of the 3 Michelin star Providence in Los Angeles. Other locations covered include Crete, Israel, Bolivia, the Bahamas, and numerous domestic up and coming culinary scenes in the US. In episode 114 Dwight Furrow, the author of American Foodie discusses the impact of everything from automobile to Alice Waters to the Slow Food movement have shaped the way Americans think about food – another must!

3. The Extra Pack of Peanuts

Not strictly a food travel podcast, but they dedicate a significant chunk of air time to local foodie tips and advice. 12 best gelato in the world and best brunch spots in Philly are just some of the examples. Extra Pack Of Peanuts is hosted by Travis Sherry, a world traveler known as “Rick Steves for the new generation”. From interviews with some of the world’s most famous travel names, like Chris Guillebeau, Bruce Poon Tip, AJ Jacobs, Chris Christensen and others to specific travel advice on how to travel like a pro. They highlight specific destinations, telling you what it’s really like to travel to India, the best places to eat and sleep in Paris, and top everything off with their Top 10 lists. This show is kind of a one stop shop, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find numerous episodes dedicated to food travel and gastronomic local know how. Look out for their ‘year in review series’ on anything from meals to beer and coffee. Travis has achieved a jaw-dropping 1 million downloads in 183 countries, several dozens of those ours. Highly recommended!

4. A Taste of The Past

This one has mixed reviews because, unlike most podcasts today, it’s substance over style. But this is precisely why I find it valuable. Linda Pelaccio, a real deal culinary historian, takes a weekly journey through the history of food. Tune in for interviews with authors, scholars and culinary chroniclers who discuss food culture from ancient Mesopotamia and Rome to Sichuan cooking and the history of the Coney Island hot dog. Each week Linda explores the lively link between food cultures of the present and past and she tends to invite some pretty high caliber experts.

5. Travel with Rick Steves

A weekly one-hour conversation with guest experts about travel, cultures, people, and very frequently cuisines! Rick Steves is America’s leading authority on travel to Europe and beyond and he clearly has an appreciation for local gastronomy. Host and writer of over a hundred public television travel shows and author of 30 best-selling guidebooks, Rick now brings his passion for exploring our world with all its flavors to his podcast listeners. You can also look up his TV show. Get inspo for other food travel TV shows here.

Bonus recommendation:

  • Degustar EspañaTasting Spain – If you speak (or are learning!) Spanish and are fond of Spanish cuisine (who isn’t?) then you’ll love this Spanish language weekly podcast produced by Spain’s national radio network, i.e. it’s consistently high quality. Every 25 minute episode packs a punch as they cover one gastronomic event or news, one unique Spanish wine, and one restaurant or bar to highlight the best of Spain’s current culinary scene. I’ve been subscribed to this podcast since living in Spain some years ago and it’s one of my all time favorite shows, culinary or not. Spoiler alert: in several hundreds of episodes the words sangria, tapas and paella barely came up. You’re about to discover the real Spain. Que disfruten! Enjoy!

We’re always on a lookout for a new exciting food travel podcast. Let us know your suggestions in the comments below or share and comment on this post on your social media!

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