Updated: Jun 19, 2018
I think it's safe to say that we can all use a little more rest and relaxation in our lives and if we're lucky, we can manage a real vacation once in a while, or maybe at least a staycation. However, sometimes even managing to get a long weekend off is not an easy task, so what is a adventurous person to do? Well if you got 2-3 hours to spare taking a food tour is a perfect way to familiarize yourself with the unknown parts of your city, or ones that you may be visiting already. Here is 5 reasons why you should be booking a food tour this month.
1. Meet Passionate Locals Through Niche Experiences
People who love food, usually really love food! Take us for example here at Taste Venture Tours, we confess we're obsessed. You may taste a dish, or even a carrot that might change your life (we not kidding), great food can really do that. For some it will be discovering local ties to flavors of their hometown and learning about the history of their roots, and for others it will be discovering some hidden gems in their city.
2. Refresh Your City's Ol' Stomping Grounds
A good local guide prides themselves with history, insider tips, and corky facts; doing most of the work for you (which can even bring a refreshing perspective to areas you may already hang out in). They create experiences that are curated around what you love already and gives you access to places, things, and peoples that you may have not originally had on your own.
3. Support Your Neighbors & Learn Cool Stuff
Getting to meet rad passionate locals in your hometown is a great way to build a stronger and more open community while tasting some great food (& booze depending on the food tour) as you support the local economy, your neighbors, your city, your state. It's a win, win, win, win!
4. Build Communities, Not Walls
In a world where walls are being built to keep people out, food is a universal connector, it grounds and unifies us. Connecting with each other over the dinner table and breaking bread together creates a platform for real conversation, connection, and empathy. As Amy S. Choi said in her TED article, What Americans Can Learn From Other Food Cultures, "Food feeds the soul. To the extent that we all eat food, and we all have souls, food is the single great unifier across cultures."
5. Impress Your Friends & Family
Time and time again, we've been asked to give our family, friends, and their visitors some tips on what to do and where to eat when they come to the city. It's like we're a bottomless well of insider info or something, pssshh! Granted, we make it our business to know these things and we do keep up with a vast amount of cool stuff, but it can be a lot of work. If you can be that saving grace that breaks up the monotony in someone's week and do something like a rad food tour, they will be giving you a pat on the back for knowing some awesome connections in your city. Try platforms like Airbnb Experiences where depending where you're at in the world, you can do everything from making pasta, shopping at a local farmer's market with a produce expert, drinking and learning all about tiki cocktails, or my favorite, doing a cultural beer and food tour in a Mexican-America neighborhood ( we may be a little bias on that last one).
So this month put your money into a cool experience instead of that marshmallow shooter you saw on Bed Bath and Beyond's website. Ah, what the heck, treat yourself and just do both. You work hard, you deserve it!