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Josephine Matyas

Culinary tourism is a growing trend that appeals across a wide swath of demographics: age, income, gender, education. Everyone loves to nibble, to taste and to explore culinary pathways. And a holiday to the U.S. offers up lots of regional variety. Come along as we explore some tours and trails that may prove irresistible to the foodies you know.

Virginia Beach can boast location, location, location. Right on the waterfront, fresh seafood is pulled straight from the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay. Inland, the locavore food movement showcases organic produce grown and harvested by local farmers. Taste and explore:

• The Virginia Beach Town Center Food Tour offers a multi-course, progressive meal at three restaurants in this exciting area of Coastal Virginia’s largest city. The tour moves around an area of 17 city blocks, stopping at BRAVO! Cucina Italiano, Sonoma Wine Bar & Bistro and The Royal Chocolate where participants enjoy small meals and alcohol pairings.

• The Virginia Beach Boardwalk & Beyond Food Tour brings together fine dining with casual, long-standing Virginia Beach institutions. Visitors enjoy local creations, indigenous dishes, fresh seafood and refreshing beverages alongside the serenity of the beach as they eat their way through the history and culture of Virginia Beach.

Stroll through Boston, one bite at a time with the Bites of Boston Food Tours. These walking food tours explore Boston’s most tasty neighbourhoods and provide a unique opportunity for visitors to experience local flavours while gaining insight into the historical, architectural and cultural components of the city. Over the course of the three-hour guided tour, participants sample scrumptious food from local restaurants, cafés and specialty food stores while learning about the tastes they are experiencing and the people who make them. The casual pace makes this walking food tour appropriate for all ages and fitness levels.

Sunny skies, warm temperatures and culinary adventure in Miami is a win-win-win for winter weary Canadians. Known as a foodie destination, Miami has lots “on its plate”:

• The South Beach Tours des Forks Culinary Tour is a guided, walking and tasting tour through South Beach, Miami Beach’s most popular neighbourhood. The three-hour tour combines delicious food and drink tastings with historical, architectural and cultural insights giving guests an insider’s view into the local life. The tour stops at five different restaurants and cafés in South Beach (often referred to as SoBe), navigating around the tourist traps and heading straight for the eateries that the locals’ frequent. Stops include Miami Nouvelle cuisine, authentic ethnic eateries and a Kosher Ice Cream factory. The SoBe Tour des Forks is not only a food tour; it’s an architectural, historic and cultural walking tour that uncovers the dramatic history, diverse culture and stunning Art Deco architecture of Miami Beach.

• Miami is famous for delicious Cuban fare. The Little Havana Cultural and Culinary Tour is an historical and architectural guided food tour led by locals through the city’s neighbourhoods. The tour begins in Little Havana, a lively, family-friendly part of town, for an edible journey through one of Miami’s oldest neighbourhoods. Visitors learn about traditional, rustic Cuban cuisine by tasting and walking through the must-visit street in the area – Calle Ocho. This tour is designed for both locals and visitors who want to learn about the area’s history and culture while tasting Cuban foods that have been prepared by the same families from recipes handed down through generations. On the cultural side, there are stops to see local artists or watch cigar rollers – all while getting the insights of a vibrant Miami neighbourhood.

In the atmospheric Florida city of St. Augustine, they know how to eat, drink and taste their way through the streets of the oldest city in the U.S.:

• The Savory Faire Walking Tour is an excursion where participants are treated to delicious, hearty tastings at numerous unique eateries: from tapas to desserts. The City Walks guide explains how certain foods made their way to the New World and how they played a role in shaping St. Augustine.

• The Tasting Tours offers delicious food and wine tours. Their Vittles and Vino tour takes participants via carriage ride to some of the tastiest places in town, while their Corks and Forks tour is a walking tour through the old city.

You know what they say about Texas? Big skies, big landscapes, big appetites. In Dallas, Food Tours of America announced the launch of the Uptown Dallas Food Tour, offering participants an insider’s view of Dallas’ most pedestrian-friendly areas with a special focus on the best local cuisine – from down-home favourites and Tex-Mex specialties to desserts made from scratch. In addition to generous tastings at several hand picked eateries, each fully-narrated walking tour includes historical attractions and anecdotes as guides share the stories behind each locale. The walking tour also includes a look at community theatres and art galleries, and the State Thomas Historic District, which contains the city’s largest collection of 1880s Victorian homes.