Are you looking for a travel adventure? If you didn’t know it already, this famous ice cream and frozen yogurt maker offers tours of their factory just outside Waterbury, Vermont. The tour includes information about its all-natural ingredients, many of which come from local family farms. Giant tanks of chocolate are part of the machinery, production equipment, and storage units on view. The best is the Flavor Room where visitors can taste the flavor of the day. The summer is a great time to visit with outdoor activities, cows in the pasture, the Flavor Graveyard, picnic areas, and more. Pipper and her pals are considering a visit during their vacation week next August. It’s Sidney’s sweet tooth suggestion. For help planning your travel adventure, check out Ben & Jerry’s website.
Dog agility can be measured in many events. Seesaws, ramps, tunnels, and hurdles–oh yes! There are all kinds of destinations for you and your dog to consider adventuring. In fact, in 2007 alone, 29 million Americans traveled with their pets in tow. If your dog is athletic and smart (of course your dog is smart) you might want to head to one of the many dog agility events popping up for pups all over. Check out the challenging feats at the major events in Camarillo, Calif., Palmyra, Pa., and Albuquerque, NM.
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Try burning up calories as you nibble and munch your way through city streets full of unusual food emporiums, artisans, and culinary history. Go for it! Most major cities have walking tours to markets, eateries, and other local food destinations. New York City has a menu’s worth of options, from Chocolate tours to Food Cart Walking tours. In her travel blogging days, Pipper hooked up with a group enjoying a Walking Tour of the Lower East Side (remember from Pipper’s Secret Ingredient that’s where Katz’s is located?). Check out details at http://www.xperiencedays.com/Food_Tour_Lower_East_Side.html. This urban turf is home to a rich history of immigrants as well as mouth-watering foods and interesting food makers: coffee roasters, pickle purveyors, bialy bakers and more.
If you are thinking about taking a trip, consider taking the family dog on a surfing adventure. “Get outta here,” you say. No kidding! This adventure is something Pipper’s pal Hilda has already signed up for, and your family dog might enjoy it too. The location is in Coronado, California. The place is The Su-Ruff Camp at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort. It’s just a short 20 minute drive from San Diego. You don’t even have to be a hotel guest to give it a shot. Lessons are $40 an hour.
Pipper has endless suggestions for food festivals, food experiences in the city and in the country, and food museums to visit. She wanted us to be sure to mention the New York Food Museum. She thinks New York Food Museum is tops because it has its own Pickle Wing. One of its present exhibits is “How New York Ate 100 Years Ago.” You can go on their site to read all about what’s going on there. By the way, Pipper said to tell you that the museum is on the Lower East Side, not far from Katz’s Deli where Pipper met up with Emcee Beagle and Jack Russell.
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As you know by now, Pipper is the food adventure expert. She’s absolutely stoked about all the fun at the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Festival. She especially likes the Tangy Catsup Taste Test which she says can really tickle your taste buds. This year’s festival, along with the Festival Birthday Party and Car Show, was held Sunday, July 8 all day (10:00 to 5:00) on the grounds of American Legion Post 365 in Collinsville, Illinois.
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Pipper is the food adventures expert. Here’s another suggestion she wants to share with you. Beans and greens, apples, berries. You name it! There are farms all over the United States—and in other countries—where you can pick your own and take home what you pick to cook, can, or eat out of the bag. Go to Pick Your Own to find a farm near you. Be sure to scroll all the way down to find the farms in whatever state you choose.
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Pipper is the food adventure expert. Here’s another suggestion she wants to share with you. There are corn mazes all over the U.S. You can visit during the day or at night. Corn that grows 8 or 9 feet tall in good weather creates a thick, impenetrable maze. The farmer uses a tractor equipped with GPS to cut a pattern of paths into the field. The pattern is usually only visible from the air, but on the ground it is a great maze. A maze can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour to find your way out. Help is usually available, if needed, and there are often signs with puzzles to solve or clues to help. Nighttime mazes are the same as daytime ones, but at night you need to use a flashlight! It can be a scary but fun experience. Very popular with teenagers! To find a corn maze near you, visit this website.
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Pipper is the food adventure expert. She’s always looking out for food festivals and fun food experiences. Here’s one in South Carolina. Have you ever heard of a watermelon seed spitting contest? Well, every July at the Pageland Watermelon Festival they have one. Pageland is known as the Watermelon Capital of the World. Thousands of visitors come from all over the southeast to enjoy the parade, food and fun. Imagine eating as many melons as you can in 90 seconds, with your hands behind your back. There’s lots more events at the 2012 Pageland Watermelon Festival. Check it out! Come back soon for a new food adventure.
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