My wife and I have done a couple food tours in larger cities before, but this was our first one in a town the size of Charlottesville. I surprised her for her birthday, and it worked out great.
We started at a local spice shop. We didn't try anything here, but we got to smell many different spices. The store owner described how the store was layed out, and all of the different spices she had us try. If you weren't hungry before this stop, you most certainly were afterward! Also, they offered a 10% discount to any food tour guests if they came back and bought spices after the tour, which we took advantage of.
Next, since we were in the morning tour, we stopped at a local coffee shop. The owner hand poured two different types of coffee, and we got a nutella and whipped cream covered waffle. Another very knowledgeable owner that was really passionate about their shop.
We continued with three different restaurants, all of which had a unique twist and were delicious. We also stopped at an outdoor stand that sells crepes, and even walked through the local farmers market. We ended the tour at a small bakery that focuses on cupcakes and cookies, and also has a fun story to go with their treats.
All of the food was delicious. Rachel and Pete were great, and they really made the tour a really fun experience where we also got to learn about the area. They have only been in Charlottesville for a little over a year, and they already know more about the history of the downtown area than I do! They knew their stuff, and found great places with knowledgeable owners and/or chefs. Now that we have done the morning tour, we might have to go back and do the afternoon one!
I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone that likes food. If you have recently moved to the area, are visiting, or just aren't that familiar with the downtown area, this is the perfect activity to do. My wife and I both live close to the downtown mall, and both work at locations on the mall, and we still had a blast!
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