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People often ask me what a food tour is. I usually laugh when I am asked this question because I guess I am a veteran of the food tour scene now. Let me start with how I first learned about food tours.
I was on a trip to Italy with my wife. We visited several cities (Venice, Rome, Florence) and in each place we decided to take a food tour over going to visit local museums or other touristy things. I chose the food tour because well, I love food! We took these tours and were opened up to the local culture and foods that I would never have even managed to find by a local guide that knew all the stories and tales of the cities we visited.
I walked away from these experiences with a true understanding of what was behind the tourist facade of these beautiful cities and had a greater understanding of the local culture. I was hooked!
I came back to Gloucester after that trip and looked around at a place I knew had a bigger story to tell. My father fished out of Gloucester for over 20 years and I grew up in the city. After leaving for the Army and later coming home to serve as a fire fighter I still had a connection with the city I grew up in. I wanted to share the same experiences I had abroad but with people visiting this great historic city.
So back to the point from the top. What is a food tour? A food tour is a different way to see a city. You can go on a whale watch or go visit a museum but these tours allow you to become a local, eat where the locals eat, meet the vendors and hear the great tales of America’s oldest working seaport. I liken it to the many times I have visited a small city and just walked around aimlessly because I had no idea what I was looking at. Our tour guides bring to life the stories that make these New England towns so amazing. And on top of that we get to try a host of incredible foods.
I invite you to come out and find our for yourself what a food tour is!
Cape Ann Foodie Tours is a series of walking tours in Gloucester, Rockport and Newburyport. We aim to give visitors a great tour by showing them the real Cape Ann and by that we mean the behind the scenes Cape Ann. I believe CAFT is a great way to highlight your trip to the area.