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Santa Barbara

Historic Santa Barbara Food Tasting Tour

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    What to Expect
    This food walking tour of downtown Santa Barbara stops for tastings at six different shops and restaurants where guests will taste and experience the best dishes that make Santa Barbara the great dining destination that it is. At each stop, guests will participate in a fun tasting experience and learn about the food or drink there, as well as the interesting stories behind the business.

    Tour tastings will vary, with some tours making stops at the Santa Barbara Public Market, and others stopping at wineries in El Paseo and shops at La Arcada. French pastries, Northern Italian dishes, gourmet cheese, local wine, handcrafted chocolates, gourmet cupcakes, handcrafted popsicles and East Coast deli fare are among the tasting options.

    Throughout the day, guests will also become acquainted with Santa Barbara history, stopping at landmarks like the Arlington Theater, the Granada Theater, the Santa Barbara County Courthouse and the Presidio. This tour is a great introduction to Santa Barbara history, as well as the vibrant local food scene.

    Vegetarians are welcome on this tour; please specify your dietary requirements at time of booking. There is a wine tasting on this tour, but well-behaved children and teens are welcome as well (water will be served instead of wine). The team of tour guides is ready to give you a fun insider's guide so you, too, can eat your way through Santa Barbara, one bite at a time.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    1317 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
    Departure Time
    11:00 AM
    3h 30m
    Return Details
    Santa Barbara Downtown, Santa Barbara, CA, USA
    • Five food tastings and one wine tasting
    • Guided walking tour gives introduction to local history and architecture
    • Professional, local tour guides
    • Tour guide gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Not recommended for child aged 8 and under (bring toddlers at your own risk)
    • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • This tour is not suited for vegans, lactose intolerant individuals or a gluten-free diet. Because all restaurants and partnering businesses are notified the day prior to the tour, any last minute dietary requests cannot be accommodated.
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Food variety wes perfect and history was not too overwhelming. Just the right amount. Jennifer was our guide, she really new the city from a locals perspective.
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    Manuel did an excellent job of giving history tidbits along the way while we ate our way around Santa Barbara. We loved the combination of learning about the area while enjoying a food and walking tour. The only thing we thought would make it better would be to include some
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    Response from VenturaFoodHappening, Owner at Historic Santa Barbara Food Tasting Tour
    Responded 30 Oct 2019
    Hi, Marie. We so appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review. We are thrilled you enjoyed the tour and the combination of history and food. Thanks for the suggestion about the drinks -great idea!
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    Manuel was our guide and he led our group to some delicious food and drink. I'm not a wine drinker but the wine tasting was an interesting bit of fun. The chocolate was so good I went back to buy some treats for co-workers back home. I tried Italian food unlike any I've ever had
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    Response from VenturaFoodHappening, Owner at Historic Santa Barbara Food Tasting Tour
    Responded 30 Sep 2019
    Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review, Joseph. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the wine, the chocolates and the Italian restaurant. We look forward to hosting you again on your next trip!
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    My friend and I took a day-trip up to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles, and we were absolutely delighted with this experience! Although I graduated from UCSB so many years ago, there were so many facts and details that I learned about Santa Barbara architecture, culture, and of
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    This was our third Food Tasting Tour (previously done Ventura and Ojai) and we were not disappointed! Wonderful little out of the way spots one may never actually see or know about, along with TONS of historical information about Santa Barbara. Bob was a wonderful tour guide,
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