Explore Cuisine and History with Food Tours in Charlottesville

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You may have heard of walking tours, but have you hear of food tours? As a relatively up-and-coming trend in the foodie community, food tours let you explore the culture of a city through your taste buds. Whether you are from out-of-town or a native, food tours in Charlottesville will take you on a culinary journey through the hottest dining spots in town. Usually for one flat price, you’ll hit a few spots for food and sometimes drinks. Grab some comfortable shoes, because you typically walk from one location to the next. Be careful not to eat too much at the first location, or else you won’t have room for the rest of the tour. For a special occasion or a night out with friends, food tours in Charlottesville are an exciting way to learn more about the history and flavors of the city.

Taste of Virginia Food Tours

Taste of Charlottesville

At Taste of Virginia Food Tours, you can choose a daytime or evening tour. The Taste of Charlottesville Food Tour is typically held in the afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. This three-hour guided tour begins on the Downtown Mall and ends off West Main Street. First, sample beer from Draft Taproom, then feast on fried chicken and collard greens accompanied by a local hard cider. Smell fragrant spices, tea, and oils at the Spice Diva, and then take some home with you! At Feast! you’ll get to sample locally sourced meat and cheese. After that, dine on an exquisite meal of Salmon en Salsa de Jamaica at Los Jarochos Restaurant, complete with a delicate hibiscus flower sauce. To finish off the afternoon, try two chocolates at Gearhart’s Fine Chocolate store. This whole experience costs $59 for adults ages 12 and up.

Charlottesville Evening Delight

The Charlottesville Evening Delight Food Tour is a two-and-a-half hour excursion. It usually takes place around 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For $79, you’ll hit six of the best places to eat in Downtown Charlottesville.  Begin at a French restaurant called The Alley Light with a luxurious tasting of bone marrow and escargot accompanied with a dry Sherry. You’ll then hit South Street Brewery for some local craft beer and a taste of the bar food scene with the Wisconsin White Cheddar Cheese Curds. Next is The Bebedero, where things get a little spicier. Feast on Nachos Black Beans longaniza, with cheese sauce and house-pickled hot peppers. Top it off with a cocktail from the Whiskey Jar before heading on over to the Commonwealth Restaurant & SkyBar, where you’ll enjoy a tasting with beer or wine. Finishing off the even with wine and cheese at Tilman’s, you’ll have had an evening you won’t forget.

You may be surprised to learn that food tours in Charlottesville don’t just teach you about the culinary roots of the city, but they touch on the deeper history and architecture of the buildings around you as you walk to each destination. Even if you are a local, you may learn something new. Gather some of your neighbors at Arden Place Luxury Apartments to experience this culinary journey with you!


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