America has been known as a melting pot of cultures for many years due to its unique mix of ethnically and culturally diverse residents. So, with such a unique and diverse arrangement of people residing here does it come as a surprise that the food scene would be any different?
Well, it shouldn’t. From a hearty bowl of gumbo in New Orleans to deep dish pizzas in Chicago, people all over the world flock to these mouthwatering locations to taste the native cuisine and dishes there. Did you know that there is a name for that? It’s called “food tourism.”
What is food tourism?
The World Food Travel Association defines food tourism as “an act of traveling for a taste of place in order to get a sense of place.” If you really think about that phrase, it actually makes a lot of sense. How many people travel to places and eat food that they can get at home? Well, a lot of people actually do that but it’s one of the traveling deadly sins!
Whenever you travel to a destination, you want to always try to eat like the locals and stay as far away from chain restaurants as you can! Luckily, there are now food tours available for food lovers all over the world. You can find a great variety of food-oriented USA tours.
These tours are held in various destinations that give visitors a sample of all the wonderful flavors that location has to offer. If you consider yourself to be a “foodie” and haven’t been on a food tour yet, here are the best food tours that you need to check out in 2019.
Austin Eats Food Tours: Austin, Texas
Foodies from all over the world pour into Austin for the savory barbecue and famous Tex-Mex dishes but these hometown favorites aren’t the only delectables these tours offer… the Austin Eats Food Tours have a little something for every type of taste bud.
The South Congress Tour takes visitors on a three-hour tasting tour sampling breakfast tacos and a variety of different burgers and pizza. Along with this tour, you don’t want to miss out on The Best of Austin Food Truck Tour as well as the brewery and walking tours.
Foods of New York Tours: New York City, New York
So, everybody knows that New York’s food scene is unlike any other! New York is a destination known for having a wide variety of ethnic foods, and with that, you can rest assured in knowing that the food is authentic in taste.
This is a food experience you can’t experience alone. You need to round up a big group of friends and taste New York like the locals. You and your group can head down to Chinatown, Brooklyn, and Chelsea Market for some of the top culinary hot spots.
Now, New York is one of the busiest locations for a food tour so before you all head down there, be sure to set up transportation arrangements that are accommodating, safe, and affordable for everyone because you want to be able to get down there but you also still need to have money for the actual tour.
Doctor Gumbo Tours: New Orleans, Louisianna
This particular tour only offers a food history tour and a tour that combines all the local cuisines and dishes with signature cocktails BUT either tour is great for those who love Cajun and Creole food.
The history tour is three hours long and tells people about the history of New Orleans and gives tastings of New Orleans favorites like gumbo and po’boy sandwiches. Now, if you want an off-the-beaten-path tour of New Orleans, you can always take a food tour of uptown New Orleans.
Chicago Food Planet: Chicago, Illinois
If you’ve never been to Chicago, put in your mind: Italian-beef sandwiches, deep dish pizzas, and hot dogs dressed up in anything you can think of… The Chicago Food Planet Tour is where you can get all of that at once.
If you are a fan of Chinese food, you can also look for Chicago’s Chinatown Adventure tour as well. This tour offers nothing but the most delectable in Chinese food such as barbecue pork buns and foods from their bakery!
Walk Eat Nashville: Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville is known for being the country music capital of the world but did you know that Nashville also stands its own ground and can compete with the best of them on the food scene? From the hot chicken to food truck tacos, Nashville has more to offer than just country music to those that visit this city.
With Walk Eat Nashville, you will get samplings of Nashville favorites like buttermilk biscuits and Nashville’s famous barbecue. You can also get food guided tours of downtown, Midtown, and East Nashville if just one tour doesn’t satisfy your craving!