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The Savory Faire Food and Wine Tour is a 3-hour culinary walking tour that highlights St Augustine’s history and burgeoning food scene. During this food tour, you’re presented with special tastings selected by chefs at each restaurant location, with some restaurants including a wine pairing.
- Premium taste portions at 5-6 venues that could consist of restaurants, cafes, or specialty food shops
- includes wine or beer at some sites
- welcome mimosa and snacks before the tour commence
- non-wine options upon request
It’s stinking hot outside with a good chance of rain – the usual Floridian weather forecast. Arriving early and hoping they let me into the lobby where the tour will proceed; I’m greeted with a smile and a cup of mimosa by the receptionist. So far I’m loving it!
I take a seat on the plush, overstuffed red velvet couch and wait for the others to come streaming through the door. Promptly, at 1:300 PM, we are introduced to our tour guide, and we’re off.
Our tour guide, whose day job is as a college professor at Flager College starts with a little history lesson on how St. Augustine was founded by Pedro Menendez de Aviles in the name of Spain on September 8, 1565.
We move on to our first stop on the food tour.
In between delicious bites at each culinary stop, the group is educated about the dish; the wine served and a little tidbit on the restaurant itself by our tour guide. Each restaurant showcased its specialty, type of cuisine, and its local connection to the St. Augustine community.
All of the group except for I was part of a couple, but I was not in any way made to feel weird about my singleness. I was able to relax and enjoy the experience of being a part of the group without feeling left out.
In all, our group made the following stops:
- Four restaurants, (Greek, Italian, Polish and Meditteranean cuisines)
- textile goods and wine shop,
- an olive oil and vinegar shop
- and a chocolate shop
You’re probably wondering why I’m not name dropping restaurants in this article. The cool thing about the Savory Faire Walking Food Tour is that you have no idea which restaurants or specialty food shop you will be sampling. It’s all a surprise.
And the tour organizers change the venues each time, each tour so that each group has a different culinary experience.
What I loved about the Savory Faire Walking food tour
What was unique about the Savory Faire Walking Food Tour of St Augustine was the real sense of how each venue was connected to the community. The food at each stop was delicious, and you got the feeling that the tour operator put a lot of thought into the itinerary.
I was blessed to have been with a group of folks that were wonderful to break bread with. We swapped stories, pulled out pictures of family, and celebrated a birthday.
I highly recommend the Savory Faire Walking Food Tour. You will not be disappointed.
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- Conquistadors, Corsairs and Capitalist Walking Tour
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- Old Trolley Tours of St Augustine