This Study Tour is the post Conference event in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Canterbury. Explore global food and drink trends from the newly launched at conference, TUCO Global Food Trends.


Who is this for?

TUCO Members who would like to explore the Winter Conference Global Food Trends topic further by visiting restaurants and sites in and around Canterbury, to experience a warm Kent welcome and immerse themselves in some great regional food experiences. The study tour will commence on the evening of the 6th of December, immediately following the TUCO Winter Conference; therefore, this event is ideal for those attending the conference who would like to extend their learning and development experience.

Why should I take part?

There is plenty of opportunity for catering professionals when it comes to adopting inspiring food and drink trends from The Food People's research on trends, products and practices. Canterbury has surprisingly several ideas and initiatives that can be explored on this study tour as the city needs to keep up with Global tourism that visits this Kent city. The study tour is also a great opportunity to extend the discussion and ideas from the conference with like-minded delegates while exploring a great World Heritage site.

The tour begins with an exclusive menu and paired wine flight at the wine 'cellar' of Abode, including festive dishes with some European wines that pair perfectly in this World Heritage site, touching on Global Food Trends discussed at the conference.

The tour includes a visit to Chartham Vineyard for wine tasting of their English still and sparkling wine with an illustrated presentation on ‘a year in the vineyard’ in their Great Barn.

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How will it help me?

During the event, you will…

  • Network and brainstorm with TUCO members from other institutions who are facing the same challenges as you
  • Visit Kent University's catering and events operation
  • Discover some interesting food and sustainability initiatives that can be applied to your own institution
  • Visit suppliers and catering sites who embrace the sustainable ethos and / or global food trends
  • Visit and take part in a local wine tasting at Chartham Vineyard

Following the event you will...

  • Be able to introduce sustainable policies and food trends at your institution

What’s included?

  • All travel whilst on the tour
  • Food and drink at all establishments, including dinner on the 6th December
  • All visits 

What’s not included?

Anything not listed on the itinerary including, but not limited to:

  • Travel to and from the tour
  • Additional drinks, room service, etc. 

Provisional Itinerary:

Final itineraries will be uploaded to your Dashboard approx. 1 week prior to Tour commencement.

Winter Conference:

Please note this page is for the study tour following the Conference only. 


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