About Us


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Epicure & Culture was started in November 2012 with the goal of helping people explore the world through food, drink, people and culture. The articles, photographs and videos you’ll find throughout the online magazine were created with travelers in mind, whether you’re a full-time nomad, one week per year vagabond or curious armchair traveler.

While there is an emphasis on cuisine, don’t expect to find recipes for 5-minute meatloaf or sugar-free chocolate chip cookies. That is, unless these recipes relate in someway to the culture of a place, an artisanal business or will help people to better explore a destination. Moreover, don’t come here if you’re looking for any generic “10 best” or “10 things to do in” posts, as any roundups we do focus on delving into specific facets of a place. If you love immersive narratives that take you on epicurious journeys, stories that bring you on explorations of discovery, guides that enlighten you on a city’s culture and stunning video and photography – including #FoodPorn – then you’ve come to the right place. We hope you enjoy your epicurious and cultural journey.

Note: If you like inspirational pictures full of wanderlust, please visit our new travel photography shop on Etsy.

About The Editor

Jessica Festa was born and raised in New York. Curious by nature, she has traveled all over the world. Some of her experiences include studying and working in Australia, teaching English in Thailand, orphanage work in Ghana, backpacking Europe and South America, touring through South East Asia and China, road tripping through the United States and much more. She enjoys experiencing a place at ground level, especially when it involves eating typical foods and drinking local libations.


Founder of Responsible Tourism Twitter Chat (#RTTC)

Founder of Epicure & Culture Tours


To learn more about me, you can check out the following interviews at:

Meet The Nomads/Flip Nomad

Go! Girl Guides


Johnny Jet


OneTravel (Beach Travel)

Viator (A Local’s Guide to Brooklyn)

The Gift of Travel

The Displaced Nation

Wanderlust and Lipstick 

Fix Reserve Culture Shock

Friendly Planet

Her Packing List (Packing & Backpacking)

Go Power Kick

Gotta Keep Movin’ (The Travel Ten)

Fit When Traveling (Staying Fit On The Road

GabrielleBogan.com (Being An Entrepreneur)

HotelClub (NYC’s Hidden Gems Revealed)

Travelgreek Travelcast with Cycle O’Donnell (Podcast)

The Traveling Eye (Radio)

Melodia Stereo 96.9 (Colombia/Radio)

Not A Ballerina


HostelBooker’s Featured Album (India)


Author of “Epicure & Culture’s Ultimate Guide For The Responsible Traveler

Co-Author Of “Hostels 101: The Ultimate Hostel Guide”

Contributor To The “Solo Traveler Accommodation Guide”

Author Of “The Hungry Hipster’s Guide To Williamsburg, Brooklyn”

As Seen On

Along with editing Epicure & Culture and Jessie on a Journey, Jessica’s work has appeared in:


Shermans Travel

The Financialist

Digital First Media’s network of 75+ newspapers

Business Insider

Untapped Cities



Huffington Post

AOL Travel

The Daily Meal



The Matador Network


A Luxury Travel Blog




The Culture-Ist

Go Overseas

Go Nomad

Europe Up Close

Europe a la Carte

The Expeditioner

Long Island Pulse

Brooklyn Exposed


yTravel Blog



9 Noteworthy Reads (AFAR)

This Week In Travel (Four Seasons Magazine)

Travel Tag Roundup (Travel Freak)

So Much More Hawaii (1/24/14)

So Much More Hawaii (2/18/14)

Odyssey Treks

50 Kick-Ass Female Travel Blogs To Follow In 2014 (Travel Junkette)


Sunday Spotlight Series: Things To Do In Japan (y Travel Blog)

Travel/Culture Blog Takes To Twitter, Kickstarts Conversation (General Motors)

Info My Travel


Have You Glimpsed AFAR? (AFAR)

Travel Stories: The Bolivia Makes Me “Hot” Edition (Matt-Gibson.org)

Travel Bloggers Share Their Perfect Romantic Getaway (Travel Photo Discovery)

31 Travel Experts Share Their Best Tips For Packing Light (Tortuga Backpacks)

Sydney Travel Tips (The Blonde Abroad)

Syndicated On

The Culture-Ist (Regularly)

TripHeros (Regularly)

Yahoo! Network (Regularly)

We Blog The World (Regularly)

Business Insider (Regularly)

Matador (Regularly)

Daily Meal (Regularly)

The Culture-Ist (Regularly)

The Winerist (Rhone Valley Wine Guide)

Live Engagements

“Travel Expert” Speaker and “Travel Babel” Speaker at the 2014 New York Travel Festival (April 26-27, 2014)

Meet Plan Go Speaker (May 6, 2014)


You can contact Jessica via social media or use the contact form below.

Twitter: @EpicureCulture

Facebook: Jessie Festa

Pinterest: EpicureCulture

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Jessica Festa

Jessica Festa is the editor of Epicure & Culture as well as Jessie on a Journey. She enjoys getting lost in new cities and having experiences you don’t read about in guidebooks. Some of her favorite travel experiences have been teaching English in Thailand, trekking her way through South America, backpacking Europe solo, road tripping through Australia, agritouring through Tuscany, and volunteering in Ghana.