The South East is an amazing place and every state has its own unique culinary history and iconic foods. Some cities have such a diverse and amazing food scene it can be hard to fit everything in on one visit, which is why culinary tours are so fantastic. They allow you to take a history tour and sample amazing foods from several different locations in the course of a few hours. With so many different vacation spots and culinary companies we thought we would help you out by compiling a list of our top five favorite culinary tours in the South East.
Charleston Food Tours is the original Charleston culinary tour and with four fabulous tours to offer there is something for everyone. Learn about the extensive history of Charleston, the evolution of food and spices in the region, and why Charleston cuisine is so unique all while sampling fantastic food (Lowcountry grits, bar-b-que, and fresh local seafood). Go behind the scenes and into the kitchens of some of Charleston’s most famous restaurants including Magnolia’s, or sample luscious desserts on our dessert tour in local hotspots. With so many options you cannot go wrong and you will leave with a full belly and an intimate understanding of Charleston’s rich history. www.charlestonfoodtours.com | 843-727-1100
With 47 miles of beaches, local art, great shopping and year round events, it is no secret that Florida and the Palm Beaches are such a popular tourist destination. Florida’s vibrant culture and history also create a unique culinary landscape that you will want to savor. If you find yourself in West Palm Beach, the Downtown Palm Beach Food Tour is a must! “Get off the beaten path and dive into 13 delicious tastings from locally owned restaurants”; they will introduce you to prominent chefs in the area, you will sip on cool cocktails and sample unique foods like the tuna tostada with mango salsa – all while learning about the origins of significant foods like Key Lime Pie, coconuts and tamarind. www.westpalmbeachfoodtour.com | 866-736-6343
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If you find yourself a little further South, make sure to check out Key West Food Tour! They offer two unique guided tours that will immerse you in the authentic flavors that make Key West famous! The Seafood Lover’s Tasting & Cultural Walking tour allows you to sample the freshest seafood straight from the water, including Key West Pink Shrimp and Conch Ceviche, while knowledgeable tour guides immerse you in maritime history. The Southernmost Food Tasting tour takes you into various local restaurants where you will sample iconic Key West foods such as key lime pie, conch fritters and Cuban cuisine while learning about the history of the area, and the Cuban influence. www.keywestfoodtours.com | 305-396-2224.
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Savannah, GA, like Charleston, is known for its beautiful parks, large oak trees, and antebellum architecture. It is no secret that this historic Southern city is also the home of some pretty amazing food, and Savannah Taste Experience Food Tours will help you make the best of all that Savannah has to offer. On these 3 hour tours, you will sample delicious foods from six different restaurants and specialty shops while learning about the history of the area. Walk along beautiful River Street and visit unique shops and restaurants including Savannah Bee Co and Rocks on the River on their First Food Squares tour, or go where the locals go on their Famous and Secret East Side Tour. Each tour will give you a unique and complete view of the Savannah area! www.savannahtasteexperience.com | 912-221-4439
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Settled within the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains is the town of Asheville, NC. Asheville has a little bit of everything, history, architecture, scenic mountain views, etc. and its culinary scene is equally as eclectic! Asheville Food Tours offer three tours that take you through the city and highlight the popular restaurants and shops that help make Asheville such a unique city. Enjoy a variety of tastings, from ethnic appetizers to brunch and cocktails! All of their tours will “emphasize the rich history of Asheville with its legacy of lavish hospitality and homegrown embellishments along with its modern exploration into spicy multi-cultural riches.” www.ashevillefoodtours.com | 828-243-7401
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