Food practices as narrative cultural interaction in rural tourism

Ana Maria Costa Beber, Susana Gastal, Renata Menasche


Rural tourism promotes interactions between rural subjects and tourists, changing local culture and everyday life, especially in terms of food. This paper aims to reflect on the feeding practices of a rural family, owner of a farmhouse inn in the South of Brazil , and its implications on the lifestyles of these persons. Methodologically the research was associated with ethnography and interviews carried out from 2008 to 2015, with the owner's family. The subjects' speeches reconstitute the history and the alimentary trajectory of the family, emerging from their speeches the categories <our food> (family patrimony); <tourist food> and <city food>. The results indicate that rural tourism made possible the maintenance of the family in the property, but it caused changes in their ways of life and in their alimentary practices, in a dialectic process that involve not only the presence of the tourist , but also changes in modes of agricultural production, modernization and industrialization of the countryside and urbanization. We verify that the residents in the property understand many dishes as family patrimony, but also that the relationship with tourism has brought new practices.


Rural tourism. Lifestyles. Feeding practices. São José dos Ausentes, RS, Brazil

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