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South India Culinary Adventure with Vikram Vij

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When people in Vancouver are asked about Indian cuisine, there is one word that cannot fail to spring to mind; Vij’s. This iconic restaurant has been a renowned, award-winning constant of Vancouver’s culinary landscape for the past 25 years. So taking a gastronomic tour of India with Vij’s founder and co-owner Vikram Vij is something global foodies would jump at.

That’s exactly the opportunity being offered to UBC alumni and their friends in 2020, as Chef Vikram hosts a curated culinary adventure across Southern India. From the shores of Pondicherry, via technicolour temples in Madurai, extravagant mansions in Chettinad, through the fragrant spice gardens and tea plantations of Perivar, and the backwaters of Kerala, guests will enjoy hands-on cooking classes, hosted presentations, and guided walks through markets and bazaars.

Throughout, Vikram will regale the group with stories of his life and childhood, his interpretation of the dishes they experience, and share his vision of the future of cuisine through flavour and sustainability.

While Vikram’s international culinary tours are a staple of his calendar, it’s not often people get to travel with him to his homeland. South India holds a fascination for him because of the unique way they integrate spices into their cooking, and Vikram travels not as a chef, but like a student, bringing culinary influences back from each tour to incorporate them into the menus of his restaurants, Vij’s, My Shanti, Rangoli and Sutra.


If a genie granted you one wish, what would it be?
"For Indian food to be a staple of everyone’s culinary repertoire."
– Vikram Vij, quoted in Trek Magazine, Winter, 2017
 
 
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alumni UBC Travel Club

India | 14 days
alumni UBC Travel Club

Dates:
Feb 20 - Mar 04, 2020
Cost:
US$8495
Group Size:
14 - 20 participants

Includes:
Airport transfers for passengers arriving and departing as per the group itinerary; accommodation based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar; meals as indicated in the itinerary; all internal transportation by private coach; sightseeing with qualified English-speaking guides; all activities and entrance fees; four cooking classes; special food experiences; Kathakali dance performance; taxes and gratuities (for guides, drivers, hotels, restaurants); fully escorted by your Worldwide Quest tour director.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrive Chennai
Day 2: Chennai's markets and bazaars
Day 3: Along the Coromandel Coast
Day 4: Cooking in Pondicherry
Day 5: Rural life at Chidambaram and Kumbakonam
Day 6: Tanjore’s magnificent temple complex
Day 7: Chettinad’s fabulous mansions
Day 8: Madurai’s Fish-Eyed Goddess
Day 9: Across the Western Ghats to Periyar
Day 10: Periyar’s spice gardens
Days 11 - 12: Kumarakom
Day 13: Kochi's ancient mosques
Day 14: Depart Kochi
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Your Tour Leader

Vikram Vij is an Indian-born Canadian chef, cookbook author, and television personality. He is a passionate supporter of the sustainable food industry and has championed many causes including the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise Sustainable Seafood Program and the UBC Farm.

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alumni UBC Travel Club

India | 14 days
alumni UBC Travel Club

Dates:
Feb 20 - Mar 04, 2020
Cost:
US$8495
Group Size:
14 - 20 participants

Includes:
Airport transfers for passengers arriving and departing as per the group itinerary; accommodation based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar; meals as indicated in the itinerary; all internal transportation by private coach; sightseeing with qualified English-speaking guides; all activities and entrance fees; four cooking classes; special food experiences; Kathakali dance performance; taxes and gratuities (for guides, drivers, hotels, restaurants); fully escorted by your Worldwide Quest tour director.

WHAT THEY SAY:

"Best food I have ever had in my LIFE!" - Grace W.

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