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The best foodie Instagram accounts for virtual travelling

Stick the kettle on, find a cosy corner and let yourself daydream of faraway places with these lockdown-friendly Instagram accounts

All of the below Instagram accounts have adapted to the times by offering their followers a virtual (and totally free) taste of paradise. Whether it’s sipping wine with New Zealand winemakers or learning how to make cocktails with a St Lucian beach in the background, our top picks are bound to please. 

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Brokenwood Wines, New South Wales

9am might sound early for a live wine tasting but starting the day alongside cheery Aussie winemakers really does lift one’s spirits. Take notes as the Brokenwood team discuss everything from shiraz to chardonnay. Every tasting is posted on Brokenwood Wine’s Instagram account, so you can watch at your leisure, and buy the wines online at vinvm.co.uk.

brokenwood.com.au


Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, Saint Lucia

Wake up in paradise with @TravelSaintLucia’s 7 Minutes in Saint Lucia series. Sure, we can’t hop on a plane right now, but the stunning scenery (white sandy beaches, rainforest-clad mountains and a bright blue sea) is so vibrant that it’s almost like the real deal, especially if you’ve got a decent phone. Highlights range from a meditation course with @YogawithJa on the beach to cooking local dishes alongside Saint Lucian chef Shorne Benjamin and a rum cocktails masterclass.

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Welcome to the beautiful Island of Saint Lucia ????. While travel may not be possible at this time we want to immerse you in our culture, music, dance, food and more, from your home. ⁠⠀
⁠⠀⁠⠀ ⁠Join us on Instagram LIVE every Tuesday and Thursday for #7MinutesinSaintLucia⁠⠀⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ SAINT LUCIAN FLAVOR COOKING CLASS ????⁠⠀⁠⠀ Tuesday March 31, 11:00am – 11:07am EDT
⁠⠀ International Saint Lucian chef Shorne Benjamin @chefshorne hosts a virtual cooking class filled with local flavors. Get your appetite ready as we guide you step-by-step through a delicious local dish.⠀
⁠⠀⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⏩ SWIPE for upcoming LIVES
⁠⠀⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ????: @chefshorne⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ #MySaintLucia #SaintLucia #TravelSaintLucia

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@misssarahglover, Australia

Part chef, part adventurer, Aussie Sarah Glover’s Instagram account is worth following for the scenic shots of Tasmania alone. She loves cooking al fresco, and regularly shares her top tips on everything from cooking smoky greens and eggs to making stuffed pasta shells over a camp fire, and the best way to eat hot cross buns.

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Nihi Sumba, Indonesia

Another contender for #ArmchairEscapism is @NihiSumba, a luxury beach resort in Indonesia that has launched a new Instagram live series to keep everyone’s spirits up. Every Sunday, the resort’s chefs lead quick cookery masterclasses (often outside, with nothing but beaches and lush forest for company) on how to make delights such as French toast with cosmic chocolate sauce. Tune in, chill out, and pretend you’re there for real.

nihi.com


The Maine Brew Bus, USA

The Maine Brew Bus, which usually takes passengers on a boozy tour of Portland’s best beer producers, now offers three virtual brewery tours a day on its Instagram page. With a pint of the frothy stuff in hand, tune in to watch first-hand tours of breweries, wineries and distilleries, plus interviews with the owners.

themainebrewbus.com


The Wild Beer Co, UK

Head to @wildbeerco for a live tasting session with Brett and James from The Wild Beer Co. Buy your beers in advance from wildbeerco.com, then get nerdy for a full 30-minute tutorial. Afterwards, the two experts will be heading over to their personal Instagram pages (@brettjellis/@fermentmorethings) for a few more drinks with you. Ask questions, relax and remember to take a photo of you enjoying the session – sometimes the funniest snap wins a £10 Wild Beer Co gift voucher!

wildbeerco.com


Tuscany Now & More, Italy

Italian villa rental specialist Tuscany Now & More has got in on the Instagram act with live cooking classes and wine tastings (all free, of course) under the hashtag #italycomestoyou. Head to @tuscanynowandmore to join in with chianti tastings, tiramisu masterclasses, and a tutorial on how to make your own pici pasta.

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Now is the time to stay at home. Most of us at TN&M are Italian, and as lovers of Italy and all things Italian, we have decided to bring a little of our Italy to you…⠀ ⠀ JOIN US on Sunday the 29th of March @ 3:00 pm UK / 4:00 pm IT / 11:00 EST, for our first COOKING CLASS LIVE ON INSTAGRAM, with our resident Chef at the Estate of Petroio. ⠀ ⠀ STAY TUNED as on Wednesday, we will reveal the recipe and post a simple ingredients list. ⠀ ⠀ #TuscanyNowAndMore #iorestoacasa #italycomestoyou ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #discoveritaly #discovertuscany #experienceitaly #summerinitaly #italylove #italy #igersitalia #italianholiday #italianvacation #italianvilla #villa #villas #villasinitaly #villarental #villaholiday #luxury #luxurytravel #luxuryvilla #poolvilla #holidayvilla #travelerinitaly #exploretuscany #bellaitalia #italytravel #italytraveltips #italytrip #cookingclass

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Alta Badia, Italy

Alta Badia ski resort (check out our foodie guide to it here) is, like us, on lockdown at the moment. But instead of going quiet, the official Alta Badia Instagram account has gone all-out with live tutorials, including lessons in the native Ladin language; photography tours of the surrounding Dolomites; and easy-to-follow South Tyrolean recipes, including schmorn da pom (a kind of hot apple pancake, usually eaten on the slopes) made with apples, rum and vanilla sugar.

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For more and more people, going to the mountains means going home and unspoiled nature is no longer a luxury but a necessity. ???????? We live in a both strong and fragile beautiful mountain ecosystem. Strong because it’s impossible not to feel small when facing the majestic mountains that safeguard the valleys.⛰️ Fragile because the effects of the changing climate are already affecting the mountains.???? On #internationalearthday ????, we’d like you to always remember: spring is a lovely reminder of how beautiful change can truly be. #AltaBadia #everythingwelove #dücadüm #iörestaciasa ・ Giulan @luigi_f_1973 for capturing these beautiful pink larch sprouts???????? ・・・ #risveglio #risvegliodellanatura #nature #naturephotography #dolomitesunesco #naturelovers

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Travel Curious, Dublin, Ireland

Travel Curious, a bespoke private tour and experience company, has started live streaming city tours from its Instagram page, from a mafia-themed exploration of New York (complete with eerily empty streets) to a historical walking tour of Dublin.

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TODAY: Mafia Tour of New York City by a retired NYPD detective  @11am EST (3pm UK) on Travel Curious's Instagram live stream! Dennis is a retired NYPD Police officer who worked for 10 years, working several years as a detective from the Manhattan North Tactical Narcotics Team. Having grown up in Little Italy, where several notable Mafiosos operated, he now gives tours of his childhood neighborhood with stories about life there and his perspective as an NYPD cop. His tour – even hosted virtually – is immersive, full of colorful characters who come back to life in his stories Join us for a tour with Dennis to hear a true New York City Mafia experience. #travelcurious #staycurious

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