Welcome to a new world of tourism… the Food Tour. Starting only less than a decade ago, Food Tours are taking the world by storm, popping up in cities all over the globe. Considering everything they offer, it’s not hard to understand why people are falling in love with culinary adventures!
Food tours combine the elements of a typical city tour, where visitors learn the history and local culture, and take it to the next level by adding the important role that food has played – both historically and with the current local culture.
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Since the concept of Food Tours started over a decade ago, the amount of food tours around the world has grown at an incredible rate. That’s great news for people who are avid travellers and want to eat their way around the world… however the downside is that there are a lot of companies jumping on the Food Tour bandwagon – which means that not all of the Food Tours out there are worth taking.
Of course, we are slightly impartial because we run authentic food tours, however our advice to people looking for Food Tours are the following:
- Make sure that the places you are going to on the food tour are not in the top 10 of TripAdvisor. I know it might seem strange, but remember that the majority of people writing reviews for TripAdvisor are VISITORS and not LOCALS…so if you want a truly LOCAL experience, don’t rely on TripAdvisor results
- Research the Food Tour Company. Make sure that they actually LIVE in the city where they operate the food tour. You’d be surprised how many companies just open tours in any city they want to – without having actually lived there. That might not seem very important, but trust me – you can only get a local experience from people that actually live in the city they do their food tour.
- Be careful not to overpay. Unfortunately, there are quite a few tour companies out there that actually charge you money for places where you could sample food for free. If you can, try to find out where you are going on the tour to make sure that you aren’t paying to visit places that you could visit by yourself – without the expensive add-on fees of a tour.
Despite running our own food tours which focus on local places, amazing foods and interesting stories, we know that there are a number of great companies that run their businesses with the authenticity that we do. They might not be on the first page of Google… but again, you have to ask yourself – how much money did that company spend to be on the first page of Google? For us, being a small business that is run with a heart, we fully support other small businesses like us – that didn’t earn a top rating in Google or TripAdvisor by paying people – we earned it by doing what we love… Food Tours.