Real Richmond Food Tours is a company that offers tours around Richmond’s best food destinations all year round. Their walking tours happen around Saturday afternoons and are roughly 2.5 hours’ worth of going around local restaurants and gourmet locations. Waiting at each stop are samples and the chance to meet the restaurant owners and chefs. The tours are as educational as they are exciting; thanks to all the exposure the participants get to RVA’s vibrant history and architecture.
This establishment is the fruit of the works of two locals, Maureen Egan and Susan Winiecki. Egan is the author of Insider’s Guide to Richmond, among other publications, as well as the co-founder of the annual food gathering called the Fire, Flour and Fork. Winiecki, on the other hand, published the Richmond Magazine and its sister publications. Aside from co-founding Fire, Flour and Fork, she is also the chair for Broad Appetit since 2008.
All tours happen on Saturdays and are set to start at 2:30 PM. Most tours last for about 2.5 hours, including all the stops.
Booking a tour can be done online via fareharbor, featuring a neatly organized calendar where all the tours are plotted for guests to choose from.
Carytown/Museum District: Butchers, Bakers, and Beyond - this one features the various specialty food retailers along Carytown as well as the Museum District. Some notable spots include the Sugar and Twine, Belmont Butchery, Ellwood Thompson, 10 Italian Cafe, and more.
Both Sides of Broad - mainly focusing on Broad Street, this tour takes place at Monroe and Jackson, stopping at Rappahannock, Pasture, Mama J’s Saison, Comfort, J Kogi, Perly’s , Greenloafs Pool Room, and many other First Friday favorites.
Church Hill: From Spies to Pies - considered as one of the national press favorites, the Church Hill tour exposes guests to the location’s stories past and beautiful culinary scenes such as the WPA bakery, Union Market, Liberty Public House, Sub Rosa Bakery, Dutch & Company, Hill Cafe, Proper Pie, and more.
Scott’s Addition: Maker’s Mark - one of the company’s newer routes, this takes guests along the neighborhood that’s full of brewers, food manufacturers, coffee roasters, market vendors, farmers, restaurateurs, and many other artisans in the locality.
Shockoe Bottom/Church Hill: Shock & Awe - This is a 1.5 mile walking tour of Richmond’s oldest neighborhoods. Meanwhile, participants will be treated to various samples of distinct eateries and other points of architectural interest.
UR Here: Eating on the Avenues - this tour takes guests around Libbie and Grove avenues sampling food and browsing the shopping areas where there’s good wine and food that makes the 1 mile route worth the walk.
? The tours are roughly 1.5 miles of leisure walking, so try to wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
? There’s no specific amount of food that participants are guaranteed, but guests never walk away from these tours hungry.
For a minimum of 8 people, groups can call up the company for a private tour, which can either cover one or more of the regular tours or a customized one upon request.
For requests, inquiries, and other information, call 804-840-5318 or visit the official website of Real Richmond Food and Tours.
Real Richmond Food Tours, 4690 Arrowhead Road Richmond, VA 23219, Phone: 804-840-5318 or 804-564-1055
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