I think it is perfectly correct without "the". Please report it. (I just did, 4 July 2018.)
"THE food" is actually even wrong here, isn't it? Wouldn't native speakers omit it?
Not necessarily - it would depend on the context. To me, "the food" is more likely to be about the typical cuisine. Compare "I love the food and the people" (but I think I would then say "in Zanzibar").