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Culinary Tourism in Tanzania
by Carlos C. Olaechea
Student Carlos C. Olaechea shares some gastronomic images of his spring break trip to Tanzania.
This spring break, I went on a tour of northern Tanzania along with fellow gastronomy student Keith Duhamel and Interim Faculty Coordinator Mary Beaudry as part of Dr. Samuel Mendlinger’s course on economic development via tourism in the developing world. In addition to viewing the wildlife that makes this region of Africa a unique tourist destination, we also participated in lectures offered by local experts on tourism, conservation, and community development.
As a gastronomy student, I naturally focused my attention on the local food culture as we drove past coffee plantations, paddies, fields of maize, and herds of zebu cattle. We were able to learn about agricultural practices and traditional foods and beverages, as well as sample the cuisines of the various native and immigrant groups that call Tanzania home.
The course, offered by Metropolitan College’s Administrative Sciences department and open to gastronomy students interested in tourism development, is offered each spring semester. It is advisable to take one other tourism course in the department, such as Cultural Tourism (ML 692), prior to taking this course. For more information about the course, as well as other tourism courses, please visit the Administrative Sciences website.