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Historic Santa Barbara Food Tasting Tour

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    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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    Reviewed 3 July 2018

    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,...More

    Date of experience: July 2018
    2  Thank Stella D
    Reviewed 20 February 2018

    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...More

    Date of experience: February 2018
    6  Thank Bobbi W
    Reviewed 25 November 2017

    We were in Santa Barbara for our wedding anniversary, and did this food tour with Nina as our guide. We are pretty big foodies so pretty finicky, and this tour DID NOT DISAPPOINT! Amazing sweets and savory options and Nina brought her great personality, trivia...More

    Date of experience: November 2017
    1  Thank SusanSteinerSaal
    Reviewed 20 November 2017

    We went on the Santa Barbara tasting tour yesterday with several other couples and had a wonderful time. The tastings were excellent and our guide, Nina, was even more excellent! We learned a lot about Santa Barbara history along with experiencing great tasting food and...More

    Date of experience: November 2017
    Thank Greg R
    Reviewed 8 November 2017

    Our guide, Manuel was great, very friendly, knowledgeable of the area and of traveling in general. Made for a great day. Good variety of food on the tour with Ca' Dario being my favorite.

    Date of experience: November 2017
    1  Thank BrianC1028
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