GREAT IN­TER­NA­TIONAL GOURMET ES­CAPES

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - MICHELLE ROWE

French fan­cies: Jam-mak­ers Lisa O’Con­nor and Richard Haupt­mann, of Jam Lady Jam in Healesville, Vic­to­ria, will host two eight-day food tours to France’s Loire Val­ley in Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber. Par­tic­i­pants will source pro­duce from mar­kets and grow­ers, learn to cook clas­sic re­gional dishes (char­cu­terie, con­fit, pas­tries) and ex­plore the area’s culi­nary his­tory. Tours are limited to eight and in­clude seven nights’ ac­com­mo­da­tion in a his­toric prop­erty, food and wine, recipes and ground trans­fers. De­par­tures Septem­ber 13-20 and Septem­ber 27-Oc­to­ber 4; $4000 a per­son, twin or dou­ble share: More: jam­la­dy­jam.com.au. Save in Si­cily: Chef and food writer Do­minique Rizzo has launched new Pure Food and Wine Cook­ing Tours of Si­cily, Greece, Ger­many, Puglia and the Ae­o­lian Is­lands. Book your fully es­corted tour be­fore July 31 and get one night’s ac­com­mo­da­tion free. From $4556 a per­son, twin-share, in­clud­ing ground trans­fers, wine and food tast­ings, all meals, bev­er­ages, cook­ing classes and sched­uled ac­tiv­i­ties. More: pure­food­cook­ing­tours.com.au. Just the tonic: Healthy hol­i­day­ing is the theme of Bali-based SALT re­treats. All- inclusive week- long pack­ages in­clude or­ganic menus cre­ated by My Kitchen Rules j udge and chef Pete Evans — think the likes of Ba­li­nese

GREG SCULLIN beef salad, satay chicken, smooth­ies and juices — daily surf­ing, yoga and spa treat­ments. From $1795 a per­son. More: saltre­treats.com. Ir­ish ayes: Culi­nary lu­mi­nar­ies in­clud­ing Clau­dia Ro­den, Mad­hur Jaf­frey and Stephanie Alexan­der helped make the in­au­gu­ral Bal­ly­maloe Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val of Food and Wine a suc­cess in May. The sec­ond fes­ti­val, to be hosted by cook and author Da­rina Allen at the Bal­ly­maloe Cook­ery School in Shana­garry, Cork, will be held on May 16-18 next year. More: litfest.ie. Culi­nary cred­its: Sof­i­tel Fiji Re­sort and Spa is of­fer­ing a $FJ1000 ($570) wine, dine and spa credit for use at its restau­rants, bars and spa for seven­night stays booked be­fore Au­gust 31. The deal in­cludes a cruise to South Sea Is­land for a bar­be­cue lunch plus a full­day voy­age to an­other is­land for a smor­gas­bord meal. From $1690 a per­son twin-share from Syd­ney/Bris­bane; $1790 ex Melbourne; $2190 ex Ade­laide or $2340 ex Perth. More: 1300 003 454, my­hol­i­day­cen­tre.com.au/fiji. Royal treat­ment: Take tea at Lon­don’s Athenaeum Ho­tel while pe­rus­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion of rarely seen royal pho­tos. The May­fair-based ho­tel will dis­play more than 40 pho­to­graphs of the royal fam­ily’s chil­dren, from Vic­to­rian times to the present day — in­clud­ing a strik- ing im­age of the four-year-old El­iz­a­beth mak­ing sand­cas­tles in Sus­sex — in its The Royal Child ex­hi­bi­tion. The Royal Sum­mer af­ter­noon tea, avail­able each week­end un­til the end of Au­gust, will fea­ture sand­wiches, or­ange blos­som scones with Devon­shire clot­ted cream and home­made straw­berry jam, and more, for £60 ($99.50) a per­son. More: athenaeumho­tel.com. Vine times: Sam­ple some of the world’s best wines with me­dia per­son­al­ity Ita But­trose on a Rhone River cruise through French vine­yard coun­try. The 10-day cruise on ms Swiss Emer­ald, de­part­ing May 11, 2014, in­cludes two nights in Paris, travel by high-speed TGV to Lyon, seven-night voy­age, meals, un­lim­ited bev­er­ages on board, and trans­fers. From $6402 a per­son twin-share; book be­fore Au­gust 31 for one free ho­tel night. More: 13 13 98; trav­elscene.net.au.

Jam Lady Jam’s O’Con­nor and Haupt­mann

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