Abingdon, VA - Tastes of the Town Tours is set to host their 5th food tour of Abingdon this Tuesday, April 16th ,offering two trolleys at 5:30pm and 6:00pm. Participants will visit 5 stops for small tastes highlighting each establishment's unique flavor.
Tickets are now available for purchase online for the food tour. "We have received such great feedback from the folks who've gone on our tours, as well as from the chefs, that we knew it was time to ramp up our offerings," says tour organizer, Sara Cardinale. Tastes of the Town Tours now has a website offering a calendar of events, tickets for upcoming tours, and the opportunity to learn more about the tastes of Appalachia. Tours in Abingdon are now scheduled for the 3rd Tuesday of every month through August, and future plans for walking food tours in downtown Bristol are in the works according to Cardinale.
Stops for the April trolley tour include Wildflour Café & Bakery, 128 Pecan, Heartwood, Wolf Hills Brewery and Sisters at the Martha Wasington Inn. Each tour scheduled throughout the summer will feature different stops. "This is a great opportunity for residents and visitors alike to sample the very best these restaurants or establishments have to offer," says Cardinale.
Tastes of the Town Tours features restaurants that are part of the Rooted in Appalachia campaign, a local food branding initiative collaboratively launched last year by the Abingdon Convention and Visitors Bureau and Appalachian Sustainable Development. Establishments identified as Rooted in Appalachia partners are dedicated to featuring locally purchased food in their menus, serving local wine or beer and making a good faith effort to purchase local food year round. Cardinale explains that "at each stop diners will get the chance to hear directly from the chef or owners about what efforts they are making to utilize local products, as well as get a taste of their specialties made with these items." Past tours have been met with great enthusiasm, and sold out quickly.
The tickets for the tour are $25/ea, and can be purchased online or by phone. Participants should park at the Municipal lot in front of the Abingdon Market Pavilion to board the trolley, which departs at 5:30pm and then again at 6:00pm. For more information about this event, please visit us on the web at www.tastesofthetowntours.com or reach us by phone at 276-274-8216.