One of the benefits of RV living is being able to travel to
different areas and explore what is offered there, whether it is
the vistas, the climate, the lifestyle, the adventure, or the
food.

Food tours are a fun way to explore a city, giving you a unique
insight into the cuisine and culture of a town, as well as great
places to eat.  A food tour (or culinary tour) is a professionally
guided tour of local food and beverage establishments in an
area.

Some tours include hands-on workshops, one-on-one with the chefs
or restaurateur, area history or architecture, and new people to
meet.  Food tours have become quite popular and are offered in
many cities and towns around the world.

food toursA food tour at Pikes Market in Seattle
(drukelly/Flickr)
How to find a food tour

Websites like Taste Trekkers or
Urban
Adventures
 are places to start your search for a food tour in
the town you may be passing through.

You may be able to narrow your search for specifics as well. How
about a coffee tour of Seattle?  New Orleans Cajun cuisine?  A
wine tour around Grand Junction?  A beer tour in Cincinnati?

What to expect on a food tour

Most food tours are done by foot through a specific neighborhood
or area visiting local shops along the route, although some bus
tours are available.

If you have mobility issues, be sure to ask about the level of
activity or mobility accommodations that may be available. 
Typical food tours are smaller groups (10-15 people) with 6-8
stops.

You will get plenty of food, and time to digest as you walk the
area between stops.  At the first few stops, some people may think
that the smaller portion sizes will leave them hungry, but by the
end of the tour, you won’t want a big dinner!

At each stop, your guide will explain why that location was
chosen, and a particular food or drink is usually showcased.  If
that menu item isn’t to your liking, don’t worry—the next
stop will be something different!

Between stops, your guide may explain how the cuisine fits into
the city’s culture or provide information on the history of the
town itself.

food tourTry
the local cuisine wherever you’re traveling. Photo by
Sarah Wu/Flickr

A good tour should provide you with an idea of what kind of food
to expect. If you have dietary requirements, let your tour know at
the time of booking so that they can accommodate you as best as
they can.

Some tours or destinations may not be able to accommodate every
dietary need, so be sure to ask before you buy your tickets.

Keep in mind that the time of day you take your tour may change
what kind of stops and food are planned.  A lunch-time tour will
often feature different food than an evening tour, and the ambiance
of the city can change through the day as well.  Plan for a time
of day that best suits your interests.

The cost factor

Food tours tend to be more expensive than other walking tours
(around $35-$75 per person).  Price will vary based on the
location, length, and type of tour you are booking.

You can sometimes find deals through Groupon or local travel sites. 
Considering that you are actually getting a multi-course meal as
well as an informative tour, and the smaller group size, you do end
up getting your money’s worth.

See also: Why You
Should Experience An RV Tour

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Should Try A Food Tour
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