The Great Northern Harvest: Culinary Mission
We’re proud to announce our inaugural Chinese trade mission in Beijing! Terroir China is an exhilarating seven-day tour of Beijing and Inner Mongolia connecting international food leaders and several of the world’s best chefs with a selection of China’s best producers, world-class chefs and culinary experts.
This deep-dive immersion into the culture, anthropology and history of Northern Chinese food will build diplomatic connections through shared meals at some of Beijing’s best restaurants as well as hands-on instruction with local food leaders.
We’ll be visiting Beijing markets and taking hutong tours with local guides. We’ll meet with regional villagers and producers at The Brickyard - an interactive community space located underneath the Great Wall of China. And we’re also including a field trip to Inner Mongolia to learn about traditional nomadic communities through a night spent sleeping in traditional yurts on the edge of the Gobi desert and feasting on the region’s prized Mongolian lamb.
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A unique opportunity for business development
Alongside an immersive, terroir-focused, seven day tour of Northern China, Terroir China also provides:
Unique opportunities for networking with world-renowned Western chefs and China’s best producers, chefs and culinary experts
Discussions about import and export possibilities in the fastest growing economy in the world
Individual connections for vendors, producers and suppliers
An open platform for discovery and exchange
learning about specific Chinese cuisines and cooking methods
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About Northern Chinese Cuisine
Terroir China is focused on the “Great Harvest” of the Northern region which takes place every October as the last food of the growing season is farmed and prepared in anticipation of the long winter that awaits. Sweet potato, giant cabbage, leeks, onions, chestnuts, peanuts, walnuts, honey, sesame, lotus roots and crab apples are all products which enable sustenance throughout the cold, long winter months.
In Imperial China, culinary influences were shaped through the natural environment and indigenous agricultural production which, in the region around Beijing, included lots of wheat, barley, sorghum and corn. Northern China has just one, short growing season which means the natural diet of the northern Chinese people is driven by carbohydrates, meat, salt and fermentation - all necessary fuels and techniques for harsh winter climates and its arid soils.
Even further north in the province of Inner-Mongolia, nomadic tribes lived by staples of meat and milk. These great hunters and butchers have carried their pastoral traditions into the modern day, most notably with shepherds who still tend to the prized lamb of this region which is famous for its highly unusual and beautiful flavour.
Terroir China also takes place during “Cold Dew”. The traditional Chinese lunar calendar divides the year into 24 solar terms and Cold Dew (Chinese: 寒露) is the 17th solar term of the year. We’ll be in the region right in the middle of this micro-season which sees the area’s autumn crops ripen as temperatures suddenly drop.
This is the perfect time to explore China’s bountiful harvest in all its colours and flavours. It’s a week for employing the traditional Chinese mentality of connecting with our bodies to restore health in harmony with ourselves, the earth and the local community. Come join!