Friendly and Fun Food and Beverage Tours for 2016

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Tickle your tastebuds with a food-filled adventure. Food and drink tours are the best ways you can explore a foreign destination and enhance your culinary knowledge. Make sure the food tour you choose won’t give you the bland overview of tourist-trap restaurants, but will let you see the true color of the city’s culinary scene. Make sure your tour is designed by locals for a genuine experience. Here are some of the most delicious destinations that have genuine and unforgettable food and beverage tours:

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Portland

The food truck culinary culture is hot and happening in Portland, Oregon. You can learn about the history and culture of food carts and trucks on a 90-minute tour. The editor of Food Carts Portland, Brett Burmeister, has followed the scene since 2008 and provides an engaging tour that covers everything you’d ever want to know about mobile food. The tour weaves through different pods (groups of food carts) within the city and explains why this sort of system works so well in Portland. The tour patrons will receive four small bites from different carts. This eccentric tour is ideal for families, as tickets for kids under 12 are free and adults are $50.

Buenos Aires

Take a tour of all Buenos Aires has to offer from a barrio-born native. BA Food Tours will take you away from the tourist traps and help you experience the real flavor of this lively city. The culinary makeup of the city was formed by multicultural European immigrants and indigenous ingredients and cooking techniques. The tour options are separated by neighborhood and include the La Boca, San Telmo and La Recoleta restaurants. The tours will incorporate three different food stops and a full lunch accompanied with ample wine from the country’s regional vineyards.

Los Angeles

The Six Taste LA tour makes sure you try some of LA’s best restaurants. The tours incorporate a diverse collection of cuisines from all of the cultures represented within the city. The tours are separated into the neighborhoods of Hollywood, Santa Monica, Downtown Los Angeles, Little Tokyo, Thai Town, Arcadia, Arts District, Sawtelle Japantown and New Chinatown. The Hollywood food tour is ideal for those who want the Los Angeles tourist experience and a look at the famous neighborhood. Hollywood is grittier than one might expect and its food offerings follow suit. The Hollywood tour is not for the faint of heart, or stomach. It incorporates chili dogs, chicken tikka naan wraps, caramel milk shakes and chicharron de queso.

Dublin

Visit the famous Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, Ireland. The Guinness Academy lets you can learn about the 119.5 seconds it takes for the surge and settle that makes up the perfect pour. Visit Gilroy’s or The Brewer’s Dining Hall for food in between your exploration and your tastings. Treat yourself to a VIP tasting session with your personal guide who will expand upon the flavor profile of the classic Guinness varieties and introduce you to its newest brews. Wander between floors for a comprehensive experience and an in-depth view into the history of this iconic stout.

Bordeaux

For an in-depth tour of the wine region, go with 33 Tours in Bordeaux, France. The company covers the vineyards of Medoc, Pauillac, Margaux and Cognac. The day-long tour in Medoc will whisk you away into wine country for sights and sips that will delight your senses. You will visit three 1855 Growth locations for tours and tastings as well as a Chateaux winery. The Cognac region is the home of its namesake brandy. This distilled wine spirit is aged through a process called “eau de vie,” or water of life. The tour of this region gives you an inside look into the famous Maison de Cognac and offers an enjoyable tasting tour in a Cognac distillery.

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