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A Taste of Brooklyn ~ Sunday April 10

Price: $90.00

Date: April 10, 2016

Right now Brooklyn is one of the world's most exciting locations for food, culture, creativity and fun. Let's enjoy all of those things today as we explore some of the best the NYC borough has to offer... Can’t go wrong with food trucks, chocolate & wine!

We'll begin our day at Smorgasburg, an amazing event held on Sundays at historic Prospect Park (a different location from where we’ve visited in the past). 100 food vendors serve their forward-thinking, creative and utterly delicious fare mostly out of food trucks. Competition for vendors to get into this event is extremely tough and there's no way you can go wrong... Get lost in a maze of delicious aromas and flavors.

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After Smorgasburg, we’ll make our way to one of the most exciting behind-the-scenes foodie neighborhoods in Brooklyn: Red Hook. Located right on the East River, with sweeping views of Manhattan, Red Hook made national news when it suffered major destruction during Hurricane Sandy. Today that is just a memory, and the industrial buildings of this former shipping and fishing hub are being converted into new uses - many of them snatched up as workspace by creative entrepreneurs in the food world.

This afternoon we’ll visit two modern NYC food businesses that have made their headquarters in Red Hook, starting at Raaka Chocolate. Raaka’s story began a few years ago when one of the co-founders was introduced to unroasted chocolate while studying yoga in Thailand. Inspired by the new wave of socially conscious entrepreneurs, he enlisted a friend with experience in chocolate-making, and the two set out on a mission to make “the most delicious chocolate possible while building and maintaining healthy and valuable relationships with our global community, our planet and each other.” Today their stone-ground, small-batch chocolate can be found at top gastronomic shops around NYC & beyond. We’ll enjoy a tour and of course a chocolate tasting as we meet the folks behind the chocolate bars and learn more about their story and process.

Then we’ll toast to our day with a tasting and tour at Red Hook Winery. “The Red Hook Winery began in concept in July 2008 and began crushing grapes one month later.  Owner Mark Snyder, a Brooklyn native, convinced two Napa cult wine maker friends Abe Schoener and Robert Foley to get on board.  The goal, to work with a liked region (New York State) and make it loved.  With as many as 15 different New York vineyards, as many as 26 wines per vintage right here in Brooklyn, we are still a small, hand-crafted operation.  Splitting each lot of grapes in half for each wine maker to experiment, we continue to discover what New York means in liquid form, letting the juice tell the story.”

Departs from Quakertown, PA & Phillipsburg, NJ.  Complimentary juice and a muffin served on the way there, afternoon tastings and tours included, as well as wine and a snack on the return. You will receive a detailed email with trip information the week prior to the event. Don’t forget your cooler!

Available Spaces: 19

Enchanting New Mexico ~ April 13-18

Price: $2125.00

Date: April 13, 2016

Onward Travel invites you to explore this dynamic state with us - from a lovely historic inn set amid an organic farm to downtown Santa Fe and the famous artists’ colony of Taos, we’ll be sure to see all of the can’t-miss places that make New Mexico one of the country’s most fulfilling tourist destinations. Along the way we’ll take classes, from cooking to glassblowing, enjoy guided tours of cultural and culinary highlights, all amid the amazing scenery and architecture that typify The State of Enchantment. So whether it’s fine cuisine, architecture and design, or just a general sense of wanderlust that moves you... this is the tour of New Mexico you’ve been waiting for.

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NYC Gourmet Foods Shopping Trip ~ Saturday May 21

Price: $70.00

Date: May 21, 2016

Join us for our biannual best-of New York City Shopping Trip... We'll take you to all the best places… what a way to kick off the summer!

ZABAR’S: The biggest of the Big Apple – it makes your heart pound. Don’t miss the 2nd floor – a great kitchenware shop with discounted prices!

CITARELLA: A must stop on New York’s fine food axis – the fish counter is a feast for the eyes.

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FAIRWAY MARKET: Foodie paradise! The best breads in NYC can be found here. Voted New York’s favorite market.

SOHO & LITTLE ITALY: We’ll stop for lunch in this iconic neighborhood where high quality shopping and restaurants abound - from trendsetting to tried and true, vegetarian Israeli, fancy French, or a classic Italian meal al fresco… we’ll send out recommendations so you can make a reservation. The upscale shopping in this neighborhood is also not to be missed…

CHELSEA MARKET: NYC’s most fascinating city block! This one stop culinary food shop is home to several great shops Amy’s Bread, Bowery Kitchen Supply, Fat Witch Bakery, Ronnybrook Dairy, & T Salon, Anthropologie, etc, etc! Visit the website at

If you’ve done enough shopping for one day, take a stroll on the High Line - NYC’s elevated walking promenade… beautifully landscaped with Hudson river views, it runs right over Chelsea Market.

Check out our shopping guide here.

Departs from Quakertown, PA & Phillipsburg, NJ.  Complimentary juice and a muffin served on the way there, as well as wine and a snack on the return. You will receive a detailed email with trip information the week prior to the event. Don’t forget your cooler!

Available Spaces: 36

Italian Philadelphia ~ Sunday June 12

Price: $105.00

Date: June 12, 2016

In recent years Philadelphia has received countless accolades from magazines, newspapers and TV shows, calling it one of our country’s best food cities, and in our opinion all this attention is well earned! One of the longest and proudest culinary traditions in the City of Brotherly Love (and Sisterly Affection) is that of the Italian Americans. From the 18th century through the mid-20th, Philly - particularly South Philly - was a major settling place for Italian immigrants. They came to America in search of a better life and brought with them a better cuisine… today South Philadelphia is still a land of bakeries, pizza, tomato pie, pasta makers and more. Much of it is clustered around the Italian Market, America’s oldest continuously operating open air market… and a food lover’s wonderland, there’s nowhere else like it.

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But we’ll start this day in a different neighborhood, tony Rittenhouse Square, where longstanding Philly “culinary pioneers”  DiBruno Brothers have expanded their empire to include this marvelous Chestnut Street location. Featuring a 300-square foot cheese cave, extensive charcuterie selection and gourmet groceries from around the world, this store is heaven on earth for all food lovers. This morning you’ll enjoy a cheese tasting at DiBruno and then some free time to shop there or at the many shops clustered in this high-brow Philly neighborhood. Or maybe you’ll take part in the local ritual of a cup of coffee on a park bench in Rittenhouse Square as you watch the city’s best-dressed go by.

Then we’ll make our way to the Italian Market neighborhood where we’ll enjoy a memorable three-course lunch at Ralph’s Restaurant on South 9th St. Ralph’s is the winner of scores of “Best of Philly” awards and is also the oldest family-run Italian restaurant in the country. It’s about 100 years old now and still owned by the descendants of the immigrant who opened it here to feed other hungry, homesick Italians. Today the reputation of this legendary restaurant draws hungry diners from all over the tri-state area every day. After lunch enjoy some free time to shop in the Italian Market.

We’ll wrap up our day at the famous Termini Bakery where the delightful Vincent Termini Sr. will regale us with a tour of his family's 92 year old bakery, run today by his two sons, followed by an afternoon coffee and of course some sweet treats.

Departs from Quakertown & Plymouth Meeting, PA. This tour includes a muffin and juice on the way, cheese tasting at DiBruno Brothers, three course lunch at Ralph’s Restaurant, tour and afternoon coffee & treats at Termini Bakery, as well as a snack and wine on the return. You will receive a detailed email with trip information the week prior to the event. Don’t forget your cooler!

Available Spaces: 40

Discovering Iceland ~ June 17-24

Price: $3275.00

Date: June 17, 2016

Join us to explore a Nordic wonderland. Enjoy beautiful and fresh Icelandic cuisine, gushing waterfalls and erupting geysers, puffins and street art, horses and hot pools, and an otherworldly landscape.

Onward Travel invites you to explore Iceland this summer… Come discover a place where spectacular details simply surround you. Join other cuisine, culture and adventure lovers to experience the good life, Iceland style. We’ll visit working farms and roaring waterfalls, soak in steaming geothermal baths, spend a night at one of Europe’s most picturesque hotels, cruise for puffins and eat scallops straight from the sea, tour the most important architecture in the capital and more…

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You’ll also have the opportunity to go whitewater rafting, hike through volcanic rocks, go horseback riding, and take a cooking class. Onward has partnered with local Icelandic travel experts to ensure that Discovering Iceland is a tour of this magical country like no other.

Flavors of Tuscany ~ Oct. 25 - Nov. 2

Price: $3625.00

Date: October 25, 2016

Tuscany’s landscape says it all: medieval hilltop towns overlooking rolling countryside covered with grapevines and olive trees. The mountains, forests, cypress trees, wildflowers, and winding roads create the perfect backdrop for discovering one of the world’s most revered destinations for culinary tradition, craftsmanship, fine art, historical preservation, and winemaking.

We’ll visit Tuscany in autumn, when the olives and grapes are being picked and pressed to perfection. The locals are foraging for mushrooms, harvesting chestnuts, and swirling Brunello di Montalcino in their glasses. It’s the perfect time of year to savor some of Italy’s – that is to say the world’s – best wines and ingredient driven dishes such as bistecca alla fiorentina (chargrilled T-bone steak) and pici con ragù di cinghiale (hand-rolled pasta with wild-boar sauce).

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Join Onward Travel for a week of culinary and cultural discovery in Tuscany. We’ve planned an eight-night tour with a slow food, experience driven, behind-the-scenes inspired theme. Taste olive oil and local seasonal delicacies such as truffles and chestnuts, visit medieval towns and elegant Florence, luxuriate in a villa situated in the heart of Chianti wine country, stroll cobblestone streets with expert local guides, expand your culinary repertoire during several cooking classes, dine at some of the region’s best restaurants, and laugh into the night with new friends as part of Onward’s travel and food loving community.

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Click here to see travelers' pictures from Onward Travel's trips to Tuscany last fall.

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