Updated December 2017
With all of the different dining districts and fabulous restaurants to choose from in Orlando, it’d take even the most dedicated and ambitious foodie a significant amount of time to explore them all. Local Orlando food tours speed up the process quite a bit while giving you a taste for the district, often through the eyes of a local.
In light of the recent launch of Orlando Food Tours’ new Audubon Park food tour, we’re celebrating with a guide to the best food tours here in Orlando. Discover hidden gems, explore by bike, get the VIP treatment and more, all while indulging in some of Orlando’s best eats.
Orlando Food Tours
Orlando Food Tours has been taking locals and visitors around Park Ave. in Winter Park for a few years, but they recently expanded with the addition of a new food tour route in Audubon Park. The new tour highlights the best of the garden district, with six unique tasting stops along the way. Expect 2.5 hours of food fun complete with plenty of cheese, adult beverages, ice cream, interaction with local business owners, history tidbits, and local flair. Don’t forget to try the Winter Park tour too!
Sanford Food Tours
Sanford may be a bit of a hike from Orlando, but the charming historic district and impressive restaurant scene are totally worth the drive. Sanford Food Tours, brought to the area by the LimoCycle team, offers a 3-hour guided culinary tour that will tempt you to return again and again. In addition to hearty food samples and culinary demonstrations, you’ll also get a healthy serving of interesting historical facts about the area.
New! Winter Garden Food Tours
Launched in 2017, Winter Garden Food Tours is owned by a husband and wife team passionate about sharing the plentiful eats to be found along Plant Street in Downtown Winter Garden. There are five tour offerings to choose from, including the signature Plant Street Dinner Tour, a lunch tour, dessert tour, brunch tour, and daytime Plant Street food tour. The focus is firmly on the food and the tours typically include 5-7 tasting stops.
$25 – $45/person, peachskyproductions.com
With tour offerings such as Sunday Funday Brunch and the Craft Brewery Tour, LimoCycle is arguably one of the most entertaining food tours in Sanford. Forget walking to your tour stops; instead, hop on the large 15-passenger “vehicle” best described as a party bike. It’s up to you to power the bike by pedaling between each stop – which, as you can imagine, leads to plenty of laughs. But don’t worry, pedaling isn’t too tough and you’ll be rewarded with tasty stops during your tour.
Orlando Foodie Tours
Focusing on farm-to-table eats around Orlando, Orlando Foodie Tours features three diverse VIP-style food tour options. The signature tour, offered at night, visits some of the area’s finest restaurants in Downtown, College Park, Winter Park and beyond, all in the span of one evening. A luxury car will serve as your transportation for the night, ensuring you arrive at each stop in style. Other tour options include the Vegetarian Happy Hour and Morning Brunch Tour.
Downtown Orlando Tours
For a taste of downtown, look no further than Downtown Orlando Tours. The Downtown Food Tour includes diverse dining options throughout the district, including Artisan’s Table, Ferg’s Depot, Avenue Gastropub, and more. Also on offer is the Crafty Cocktail Tour, a drinks-only tour with five beverage tasting stops.
Celebrate Food Tours
The town of Celebration, located about 15 minutes from the Disney theme parks, may seem small at first glance. However, the walkable town center is filled with inviting all-American charm and savory eats. Celebrate Food Tours takes guests to five of the area’s best restaurants, including Columbia, Imperium, and the Bohemian Hotel, on their signature Taste of Celebration tour. Snap photos of the picturesque town in between bites, and stick around for a stroll or bike ride around the quiet lakes and boardwalks.
Beyond Orlando…Taste of our Town Tours
Mount Dora is best known for its scenery, history, and antique shops. Yet there’s also a wonderful culinary scene to experience in this town located 45 minutes from downtown Orlando. Taste of Our Town Tours, led by two Mount Dora locals, offers tours 3 days a week. With stops ranging from a meat boutique to wine and tapas, you’re sure to be delighted. And since tasting stops vary daily, surprise is part of the package.
About the Author
Stephanie Patterson is the managing editor of Orlando Date Night Guide. She’s a talented professional food and travel photographer and writer with a passion for creativity, the beach and great eats. When she’s not taking photos or writing, you can find her exploring the state for her Florida travel blog, Travel Taste Click. Find her online at www.spattersonphotography.com and www.traveltasteclick.com.