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DOWNTOWN ROANOKE FOOD & CULTURAL TOUR

ICONIC FOOD, PAIRED WITH LOCAL HISTORY, CULTURE, LANDMARKS AND FUN!

Quick Details

Clock Tour Start Time: 11:00 a.m.

Map Marker Tour Start Location: Hotel Roanoke. Meet your tour guide in the main lobby.

Adult Age 18+
$60
Adolescent or Child Guest 17 & Under That Are Not Eating, Do Not Require a Ticket.
$45
  • Led by a fun and passionate tour guide.
  • Iconic eateries and recipes. Satisfying and delicious tastings!
  • Perfect for visitors and locals. Great way to show off the “Star City” to your out-of-town guests.
  • Uncover hidden gems, iconic landmarks, back alleys, and our colorful history.
  • We can accommodate most food allergies. Let us know at checkout.
  • Easy hard surface walking within historic downtown.

Users Limited capacity for this tour.

Food Six food tasting locations — all food and beverages included.

Sun Tours held rain or shine. Wear weather-appropriate casual clothing and shoes for walking.

Clock Starts at 11:00 a.m.

Info Approx. 1 mile walking on easy, flat, hard surfaces.

Hour Glass Duration is approx. 3 hours. May vary by group.

Wheelchair This tour can accommodate guests with mobility disabilities or wheelchairs.

Calendar Private Group tours are available year-round every day of the week- minimum of 8 guests.


WHAT TO EXPECT

Iconic Food Tastings

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Our guided Historic Downtown Food & Cultural walking tour connects our local food scene with Roanoke’s colorful history.  We’ll visit six food-tasting locations within the historic and vibrant downtown Historic District. Delicious samplings, enough for a hearty meal for most, are served from locally-owned eateries at iconic historic locations. Stops include one of the top historic hotels in the U.S., Roanoke’s most recent Lebanese food enterprise, our internationally acclaimed 24/7 “Tavern,” and more. All food and beverage tastings are included in the ticket price.

Why Take the Tour?

Treat yourself and impress your guests with a memorable adventure. Roanoke is rich in colorful history, culture, and iconic culinary treats. We combine these with a leisurely walk to off-the-beaten-path areas and the talents of local food artisans. Our tour is a must-do activity for both locals and visitors. You’ll never view Roanoke the same again.

Enjoy these delicious and iconic eateries on the tour

(subject to change)

Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center – Fine dining with a distinctive Southern US/French fusion cuisine. Voted one of the “Top Historic Hotels” in the U.S. (est. 1882)

Cedars Lebanese Restaurant – Authentic Lebanese cuisine. Celebrate the immense Lebanese impact on Roanoke’s food culture. (est. 2013)

Billy’s – Iconic location with just the right mix of upscale and casual, in the heart of Roanoke history. (est. 1979, reopened in 2012)

Texas Tavern – An iconic eatery with a very limited menu, and a local history that is generational and legendary. On Southern Living magazine’s list of “100 Places to Eat Now.” (est. 1930)

Little Green Hive – A fun coffee and smoothie bar serving locally roasted organic coffee, exotic teas, and handcrafted whole-fruit smoothies, tucked inside an art-deco hidden gem. (est. 2013)

chocolatepaper – Chocolates from around the world and just around the corner, but so much more (est. 2006).


READY TO JOIN US?

Ready to enjoy the mouth-watering tastes and fun of the Historic Downtown Food & Cultural Tour? Call or click BOOK NOW to purchase tickets and see tour dates.

Have questions? See the Frequently Asked Questions page.  Or call or email us directly – (540) 309-1781 or email [email protected]


HAVE A GROUP? A SPECIAL OCCASION? A PRIVATE FOOD TOUR IS GREAT FUN!

We can arrange a private tour for up to 14 guests – it’s the perfect fun outing for wedding parties, birthdays, company functions, and other groups.


WHERE TO MEET

Please meet your tour guide near the fireplace in the main lobby of the Hotel Roanoke. Parking suggestions will be emailed with your eTicket.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS