- Kelly Sundstrom For the AJC
Known for its flavor and soul, the South offers a wide range of delicious cuisine to suite just about any palate.
You might spend weeks, if not years, trying all the outstanding samplings Georgia has to offer, but you'll save some time by taking one of the many food tours found throughout the state.
Next time you're in the mood for a taste sensation, try one of these six Georgia tours designed just for foodies like you.
For the Southern food lover
Get a taste of the Deep South with South Peach Tours, which offers a 2 hour tour that takes you through downtown Atlanta sampling a variety of Southern kitchens. For $49.95 per person ($44.95 for children, seniors and military,) you'll taste classic Southern dishes, like collard greens, fried green tomatoes, peanuts, grits and Vidalia onion rings. Choose either the 3 p.m. or 6 p.m. tour any day of the week, but make sure to book ahead on their website or by calling 678-831-4497.
For the seafood lover
On the First Squares Food Tour offered by Savannah Taste Experience, you'll not only experience the sounds and sights of the historic city of Savannah, but you'll get a chance to taste some of the city's most treasures fare. Along with a delicious array of fresh-caught seafood offered by one of Savannah's most treasured seafood restaurants, but you'll also enjoy award-winning honey from a local beekeeper, local beef, traditional Scottish dishes and designer salt. Tours take place most days of the week, beginning at 11:15 a.m. (noon on Sundays), and costs $48.95 per adult, and $36.95 for children under 12 years of age. Make sure to bring comfortable shoes and a hearty appetite. Book online at www.savannahtasteexperience.com, or by calling 912-221-4439.
For the slow food lover
Food Tours Atlanta offers a slow food tour featuring locally-sourced food available at restaurants all around Krog Street Market and Ponce City Market. All dishes you'll taste will include fresh, local ingredients and will include a sightseeing tour of the local architecture, history, culture and street art around the area. Tours run Thursday through Sunday, but they fill up fast, so make sure to buy your tickets ahead of time online at www.foodtoursatlanta.com, or by calling 404-937-3740.
For the dessert lover
Get your sweet tooth ready -- Blue Ridge Mountain Food Tours provides the candy connoisseur with a food tour all their own. For $40 per person, you'll spend around 3 hours tasting the deliciously decadent treats at 5 to 6 dessert shops. Dates and times will vary based on your need, email email@example.com for reservations or call 678-697-1120. Book their other tours, at www.my.getinsellout.com or by calling 678-697-1120.
For the street food lover
If you love street food, this tour offers you an amazing array of food trucks all in one location. At Alpharetta Food Truck Alley, you will find yourself surrounded by up to eight different street food vendors while listening to a little live music at the same time. This event occurs every Thursday on Old Roswell St. in Alpharetta from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. through Oct. 27, with no reservations required.
For the wine lover
If you love wine, experience a food tour like no other at the Chateau Elan Winery, which offers a wine tour that includes a visit to the tasting room where you can sample a variety of different wines while wine stewards answer questions and discuss each one. Along with the tastings, you can also see the wine making process, learn about the history of Chateau Elan and experience different pairings to go with each wine. Tours start at $20, and times vary. Book a tour online at www.chateauelan.com, or call 678-425-0900.
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