5 school trip ideas… Food Technology overseas

Date Posted: 17/08/2015

Rid yourself of stale Food Technology lessons by taking a trip overseas for Key Stages 3 and 4 students in order to find something fresh and new for your food-loving pupils to learn about.

From cooking up sweetie treats on the French coast to tasting a variety of culinary staples under the bright city lights of New York, the choices are endless when it comes to finding an entirely new food experience to share with your students.

1. Try something sweet on the Opal Coast

Opal Coast

The Opal Coast is a shoreline in northern France on the English Channel, and boasts various delicious activities for students to experience and learn from.

A one night/two day trip will include enough time to watch pancake-making in Boulogne and a chef-led cookery demonstration in Lille, plus a visit to a waffle factory, and the chance to visit Bec-a-Suc Sweet Factory.

Organisers can also opt to visit a local bakery, a chocolate factory, a snail farm and a traditional French market to cover as many food activities as possible.

Exploring the local area should also provide pupils with an educational experience, based on the cultural differences between local French and British food.

2. Find out what tradition tastes like in Italy

Ice cream waffles

Pictured: a display of sweet treats from Italy.

Naples and Sorrento are two very popular locations in Italy, both for the beauty of the surrounding area, and the exceptional produce the region lays claim too.

A three night/four day trip for Food Tech students can incorporate several culinary delights, ranging from ice cream creation classes to a traditional Italian cookery session.

Other foodie treats not to be missed include visiting a working mozzarella farm as well as a conventional olive oil factory - and don’t forget to encourage your students to browse local markets to see as much of the local produce as they can.

3. Jump into the vast melting pot that is New York

New York

Pictured: Caffe Reggio on MacDougal Steet (Photo credit NYC & Company, Alex Lopez)

With a unique flavour that is evident in both its neighbourhoods and food, New York offers a chance to explore the markets and backstreets in search of great food from vendors, delis and traditional restaurants.

In five days, you can cover a great deal of the Big Apple’s abundance of gastronomic offerings, while also enjoying the awe-inspiring landmarks that make this city so popular.

A half-day tour around a New York neighbourhood (try Chinatown or Little Italy for some savoury treats) can be combined with some sightseeing; likewise a trip to the Empire State Building can be broken up by a tour of a local restaurant.

Bonus: with museums, libraries and historic monuments at every turn, New York is the perfect location to combine one subject of learning with another on a school trip.

Your students won’t be complaining when they get to explore the architecture of the Statue of Liberty before devouring pancakes with syrup off Times Square - all in the name of education, of course.

4. Food, folklore and fairies in Dublin

Guiness Storehouse

Pictured: the interior of one of the storerooms in the Guiness Storehouse.

If you fancy a trip just a little closer to home, Dublin is a great place to start. Four days and three nights in the Irish city will revolve around a visit to one of Dublin’s most popular attractions: the Guinness Storehouse.

An exclusive guided tour of the ‘home of Guinness’ should leave students with the knowledge as to how the drink is brewed, and the understanding of how Guinness originated at St. James's Gate and then grew as a global brand (although due to age, alcohol won’t be able to be sampled by the students).

The pupils will also have the opportunity to acquire the secrets of a working chocolate factory on the school trip, and learn how to cook a three course meal at Dublin Cookery School.

As an added trip bonus, why not opt to include an evening of food, folklore and fairies? Spend an evening in Dublin’s oldest pub where you will be served a traditional Irish meal whilst hearing enchanting stories about Ireland’s history.

5. Bread-making and snail-tasting in Normandy


Pictured: taste local produce in Normandy, including Cheese, bread and snails.

Normandy makes for a fun Food Tech school trip, and can be easily tied in with history also - so make your four day/three-night trip count when it comes to squeezing everything in.

Highlights can include visiting the Normandy Caramels (home to France’s famous salted butter caramel sweets) and exploring Chocolate Museum Drakkar in order to learn about the origins of chocolate.

You can also sightsee around one of Normandy’s beautiful little market towns, learn to make bread in a hands-on experience in a traditional French bakery, and add in a trip to a snail farm (where your students will all have the option to eat one).

These itinerary ideas were generated by Halsbury Travel, who specialise in school trips. School travel organisers can find further inspiration on the website, or tailor-make overseas programmes for a more curriculum-specific trip.

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