South Florida is without a doubt a melting pot for the senses; a multitude of sights, sounds, and flavors. All of this combined makes this vast area one very exciting culinary destination from Palm Beach to South Beach, and every nook and cranny in between. The South Florida culinary map is growing at breakneck speed by expanding into and exploring territories unwanted, and undesired for decades. This alone makes for exciting historical facts of these now cultural areas. Standardization does not exist in these revitalized areas. Individuality, character, and distinctive all pretty much define the new wave of independent food and beverage entrepreneurs in South Florida. Popularity of all things culinary is nothing new but its art form is, and that is what makes the South Florida food scene so dynamic. Food trends was the hot topic at the South Florida Food and Wine Chefs Panel Brunch last month at the Delray Beach Wine and Seafood Festival; it was unanimously agreed upon that small plates, degustation menus, and the sharing menu concept is here to stay. Taking its cue from this trend is the sleeper food tour industry in South Florida; visiting 5-6 locations, sampling food from each in a 2-3 hour time frame gives attendees the opportunity to sample food from a variety of venues. In time and done right, and it’s going to give that theme park industry in Orlando a run for lost glass slipper with people planning their vacations around culinary themed getaways. Currently, the food tour operators are promoting walking food tours with minimal shuttle service, if any. Culinary walking tours couple eating and drinking with city information and historical facts of an area, which pull this whole concept together nicely, making for an enjoyable three hour tour whether you’re a resident or visitor. There are food tours in the tri-county area, Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach, we’ve listed below companies who operate tours regularly.
Miami Culinary Tours Food tours are available daily in South Beach, Fridays and Saturdays in Wynwood, and Thursdays and Sundays in Little Havana. All tours are $59/person. Click here for more information on each tour.
Miami Food Tours hosts their Swooped with Forks Food Tour of the Design District, Buena Vista, and Wynwood. Tickets are $110/person; call for dates and times. And the SoBe Tour des Forks, $53/person takes place daily from October-June from 11am. Click here for more information on each tour.
Fort Lauderdale Food Tours is the Las Olas food and cultural tour, taking place every Saturday from noon – 2:30pm rain or shine, $79/person tour with wine $89/person. Click here for more information
Las Olas Food Tours for lunch and dinner on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Lunch $69/person and Dinner $79/person; a narrated historical tour of Las Olas and Fort Lauderdale is part of the tour as well. Click here for more information.
Taste History Culinary Tours guides visitors through Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth/Lantana and West Palm Beach’s Northwood Village. Taste History is a three-hour to four-hour food-centric narrated excursion of bus riding and four to six blocks of walking through historic districts for alternate visits to eateries, markets, and an urban farm for food history, food culture facts, food information and food tastings on Saturdays. Tours are $40/person. Click here for the schedule
Savor Our City™ Culinary Tours are historical walking food tours that take place in Delray Beach, Boca Raton, and Palm Beach Gardens. Dates, and times vary with the season, prices range from $45-$65/person depending on the tour. Click here for more information.
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