15 Gourmet Food Experiences You Can’t Say No To

Over the years, gifting options have come a long way. Ever thought about gifting gourmet food experiences? Firstly, let’s start with what is a food experience? 

Experiences are a great way to bring the joy of good food to life. But gourmet food experiences are not just about the food. 

The people, the environment/ambience, the pleasant memories, the rich culture with a delectable meal is what gourmet food experiences are all about. 

multiple gourmet dishes on a table with white cloth offering a unique food experience

Gourmet food experiences as gifts are a great way to introduce diverse culinary choices among your family and friends. 

Moreover, you can celebrate every special occasion with your friends and family members. Treat them to high-quality gourmet meals and beverages and a well-crafted culinary experience.

Let’s get straight into it then. Here are 15 Gourmet Food Experiences that you can gift your friends and family.

1. Luxury Dining Experience

Who does not like to be pampered? We all enjoy fancy evenings with our loved ones, right? Hence, gifting a memorable dining experience is one of the best ways to enjoy your time with your partner or loved ones. 

Numerous luxury hotels are offering such luxury dining experiences. All you have to do is purchase a gift voucher depending on your preference and show up at the hotel. Everything else is taken care of by these hotels.

a gourmet food experience at a luxurious hotel with vintage architecture and a big chandelier

Furthermore, luxury dining restaurants aim to create an atmosphere that exudes elegance and exclusivity. Hence, the next time you are unsure of what to gift, gift a luxurious dining experience that will be worth the price. 

Moreover, gifting luxurious gourmet food experiences will offer your friends and family a unique experience that they will cherish forever. 

2. Bar/Pub Beverage Experience 

Did you know that you could gift a fun bar/pub beverage experience? Yes, that’s right. There are several well-established and fancy bars in India that offer a complete beverage experience. 

From delicious be-spoke cocktails to special gourmet mocktails, you must try the beverage experience at least once! Furthermore, this experience would be great with your drinking buddies or even with just your partner!

multiple alcoholic and non-alcoholic bottles on a bar counter

Also, certain bars offer budding mixologists to learn from the best. Experience the art of making exotic beverages and enjoy a few drinks yourself.

With a cozy bar/pub ambience and soothing music in the background, you are sure to have an unforgettable experience. Also, don’t forget the delightful drinks in your hand.

3. Artisan Café/Bakery Food Experience

Have a sweet tooth or know someone who has? Do you enjoy exploring new desserts? Gift the experience of café/bakery to yourself and your loved ones. 

There are multiple luxurious and small artisan bakery brands offering an ample variety of desserts and chocolates as gourmet food experiences. Moreover, gift this food experience during the weekend so that you and your loved ones can relax and enjoy the bakery comfort.

Above all, grab your favourite books and indulge in some delicious and comforting bakery goodies. Enjoy your bakery food experience. 

4. Romantic Restaurant Experience

No prizes for guessing here! For all the couples out there, this has to be your choice. No matter your relationship stage, gifting tends to become boring and tiring every year. Hence, gift the experience of a romantic gourmet dinner to your partner.

a couple clinking two red wine glasses with candles and red rose on the table promoting romantic food experiences

Be it a candlelight dinner experience or multiple luxurious gourmet food experiences, enjoy a romantic evening with your partner.

5. Baking Class – Gourmet Cooking Experience

If you know someone in your life who loves to bake? Or would love to turn that passion into a hobby? This experience is perfect for you. 

All over India, there are several gourmet baking classes available for all those who are interested. Furthermore, baking can be a calming activity. It is a great way to unwind/relax after a tiring week. Moreover, gifting this experience might even prove to be a stepping stone for someone with a passion for cooking. 

multiple baking items such as eggs flour salt sugar and some utensils

6. Traditional Houseboat Gourmet Meal Experience

If you’re travelling across India and happen to visit Kerala, you must try this gourmet food experience. Traditionally houseboats in Kerala are called “kettuvallam”

a traditional houseboat food experience in Kerala with green palm trees and blue sky

Kerala has multiple scenic lakes and canals across its landscape. Above all, these houseboats offer some of the best gourmet meals for people to experience. From exquisite local cuisines to exotic beverages, you must try this gourmet meal experience at least once in your life.  Moreover, enjoy the meal on a houseboat that shows you the authentic beauty of Southern India.

7. Luxury Gourmet Chocolate Experience

Now, who doesn’t like chocolates, right? But gifting chocolate shouldn’t be boring. When people eat chocolates, they should have a memorable and delightful experience with every bite. Thus, we suggest gifting a luxury gourmet chocolate experience.

Several Indian artisan brands are offering some of the finest quality chocolate products in India.  Instead of gifting regular chocolates, choose to gift a luxury gourmet chocolate experience. Moreover, introduce your family and friends to some unique chocolate selections.

8. Gourmet Cooking Experience 

Ever wondered what it would be like to cook delicious local cuisines? This experience is for all those looking for an exciting cooking experience. In India, especially in cities such as Kerala, Goa, Kochi and even Pondicherry, you can gift these gourmet food experiences. 

There are several cooking experiences available, from rich and flavourful Indian meals to delightful European variety. Indeed, a gourmet cooking food experience will make you learn many new things. 

multiple fresh vegetables such as red tomatoes garlic along with an egg in a black pan

Moreover, the gourmet food experiences aim to introduce the finest quality foods along with some of the best wines for an unforgettable experience. Along with learning new gourmet cooking techniques, you will also understand the history of these traditional dishes. 

9. Gourmet Subscription Box Food Experience

What if we told you that every month you could receive uniquely curated gourmet food boxes? Amazing right? These subscription food boxes are just that. 

All you have to do is subscribe to a box of your choice; say tea subscription box or coffee subscription box or gourmet snacks subscription box and so on.  

And depending on the subscription timeline, these food-filled delicious boxes of heaven will be delivered to you. Furthermore, we at Gustus Market India offer a wide range of specially curated subscriptions. From gourmet tea, coffee, cheese to chocolate subscription boxes. There is so much for you to look forward to.

10. Wine Experience

This one is for all you wine lovers out there. With the rise in gourmet food experiences as gifts, gifting a wine experience is a unique idea. Moreover, a wine experience offers a luxurious, tasteful and classy experience for the recipient. Wine Experience typically consists of multiple wine options for people to experience. 

five wine bottles in a wine case along with one wine bottle on the table with a wine opener

From fine quality white wines to exquisite red wines to exotic rose wines, gifting a wine experience is one of the best ways to offer something truly unique and exciting. A great way for you and your loved ones to be “Partners in Wine“. Check out these amazing wine cocktails that you can make at your home!

11. Anniversary Food Experience

This is another brilliant idea for couples to try. You might be thinking well; the anniversary food experience must be the same as a regular dining experience. Well, not exactly. 

However, an anniversary food experience isn’t just about exciting gourmet food. It consists of a perfect romantic ambience along with luxurious gifts. 

two wine glasses along with a red alcoholic beverage in a glass bottle along with a chocolate dessert flowers and a candle

Your dinner experience will cover mouth-watering gourmet food, exotic beverages, flower decorations and a luxurious night. Moreover, you no longer have to worry about where to eat. You know as they say, If two people love each other, nothing is impossible. Except deciding where to eat.”

12. Dine Under The Stars

If you love to travel or know someone who loves to travel, this experience is surely for you. We all have dreamt of having a special gourmet meal under the stars. Away from all the city noise and work stress. Just to enjoy the calm and peace and relish in the night. 

a cozy dinner table set outside underneath the stars

Above all, Leh Ladakh is one of the best places to try this food experience. With the perfect setting, make it one memorable night with your loved ones. 

13. Indian Sweet Food Experience

Indians love their sweets. Yes, they truly do. Moreover, during the festive season, there will be no shortage of sweets. Every state in India has its own distinct signature sweet dish. From rich flavoured Gajar ka Halwas to mouth-watering Jalebis to flavourful Rosogolla to Misti Doi and so much more. 

orange jalebis offering a delicious Indian sweet food experience

You have to try these various Indian sweets and satisfy that sweet tooth craving of yours.

14. The Traditional Dhaba Experience

If you have travelled across India and not had a dhaba experience, you’re missing out big time. The traditional Indian Dhaba is unlike any other restaurant or café you might have been to. 

Moreover, the real charm of these traditional Indian dhabas lies in the ambience and finger-licking traditional food. The dhaba food experiences will keep you wanting more. Also, the dhaba food experience is totally pocket-friendly

multiple tandoori chicken pieces along with onions and a lemon

Don’t miss out on finger-licking Chicken Tandoori, Chicken Tikka Masala, Paneer Butter Masala, Malai Lassi, Rumali Roti and much more. 

Don’t drool, go experience. 

15. Scrumptious ‘Thali’ Experience In India

Just like the traditional Dhaba experience, the ‘thali’ experience in India is not to be missed. A thali generally consists of 10-12 dishes. Yes. All your taste palates in one plate. Besides, a thali offers a wide variety of flavours such as sweet, salty, spicy, sour and more. Every state in India has its own thali. 

a traditional Indian Thali food experience with 10 different dishes and two rotis

We highly recommend you to start with the Rajasthani Thali, Bengali Thali, Punjabi Thali or a Marathi Thali. Moreover, the Thali gourmet food experiences are evolving with time. Restaurants have started to create their own thalis. Hence, you must try a thali experience in India.

Gustus Food Experiences

We at Gustus Market India believe that everything we do goes into everything you taste.  We specialise in gifting gourmet artisanal food and beverage gift hampers. But soon we will be taking ‘gifting’ to another levelGustus Market India will soon be offering a variety of Gourmet Food Experiences that you can gift your family and friends. 

two glasses of red and white wine along with a six bottles of wine in a wine case

From gourmet cooking experiences to wine tasting to chocolate experiences. There is so much more for you to look forward to. 

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Unique Gifting!

One thing we can all agree on is that gifting can be tricky. Sometimes, the best gift isn’t wrapped in paper but rather hidden in unforgettable gourmet food experiences.

So, the next time you’re looking for an exciting, unique, and unforgettable gift idea? Gift an incredible food experience that they will remember for a long time. 


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