If visitors to Columbia, South Carolina are looking for a new, fun, and delicious thing to do they should try Columbia Food Tours. Columbia Food Tours offers the opportunity to "Experience Columbia, One Bite at a Time." The tour company first started in 2014 by Brian and Kristin Cole, two local foodies. They love the city's food, people, nature, and history; and felt that Columbia was overlooked as a food destination by many. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Some restaurants are currently offering pickup only. Hours/availability may have changed.
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The Main Street Food Tour last from two and a half to three hours, and features five to seven different restaurants in Columbia's downtown area. This walking tour starts at 2:00pm and happens almost every Saturday. If visitors want to know what restaurants Columbia Food Tours partners with, there is a list on their website on the "Restaurants" page. Tour goers will learn information about the city as they enjoy samples of local cuisine from restaurants that are locally owned.
Each food tour features five to seven locally owned restaurants. Most people who take part in the tour are full by the end, as the amount of food sampled is about equal to a full meal. Columbia Food Tours recommends potential tour-goers read some of the reviews for their company on TripAdvisor to see how past participants describe how much food is provided during its food tours. Water is also available during the tour, as well as alcoholic beverages and other non-alcoholic beverages at some of the restaurants.
Food tours last about two and a half to three hours, and involve a moderate walking pace. During the Main Street food tour, participants will mostly likely walk a distance 1.8 miles at the most. The best time to take a tour with Columbia Food Tours is at the start of a trip to Columbia. By participating in a food tour at the beginning of a trip, visitors will be able to revisit restaurants they enjoyed during the tour. Those participating in the Main Street food tour meet at 1:45pm at The State House. It's advised that tour-goers plan for enough time to find a parking spot and walk to the meeting point.
2.Plan your Visit
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Visitors and locals alike will enjoy a food tour with Columbia Food Tours. Not only is the tour a fund things to do, it's also a great way to learn more about the city's culture and history, as well as sample food from restaurants locals may not have known about or haven't visited. Since participants will receive plenty of food during the tour, it's advised that they either eat a light lunch or no food at all before the tour in order to have room for the tour's delicious samples. Tour-goers should also wear comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothes. Typically, there is one tour a day on Saturdays, with two to five tours every month. The weather in Columbia is especially hot during the summer. The tour schedule can be found on Columbia Food Tours' website.
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