Get the best possible start to 2019 by seeking out the world’s best culinary experiences taking place in January. This month offers a spectrum of gastronomic events, from food festivals in Switzerland and the United States to a pop-up in the Maldives.
The Marlborough Lodge
Having just emerged from the third phase of its major renovation, Marlborough Lodge is enjoying some time in the spotlight. Much of the attention has been on the brand-new chapel-turned-spa but this isn’t the only reason to make the journey here. The lodge’s newest experience, the three-day Rejuvenate, Discover and Explore package, combines time spent at the spa with exploration of sites including the Marlborough Sounds and an introduction to the local wine and gastronomy. After cycling through vineyards with a private guide and meeting the region’s leading organic winemakers, you’ll wander the 16-acre gardens with the restaurant’s chef and cook up lunch in an interactive cookery class. After having your fill, you’ll then gather berries from the garden before being taught how to make your own signature cocktails with them. Reflecting its name, the lodge’s Harvest Restaurant focuses on fresh, seasonal and locally sourced produce, with an ever-changing menu of dishes like roasted lamb loin with eggplant, yogurt and onions.