Tour Start Time: 11:15 a.m.
Tour Start Location: Inside the Roanoke City Market Building – 32 Market Square S.E. Roanoke VA 24011.
- Adult Age 18+
- Adolescent or Child Guests 17 & Under That Are Not Eating, Do Not Require a Ticket.
- Private groups only during the COVID period. Minimum of 4 guests, and a maximum of 10.
- Masks are required (except when eating, of course!).
- Led by a fun and passionate local tour guide (with a mask!).
- 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.
Private groups only. Minimum of 4 guests, maximum of 10. Masks are required.
Tour starts at 11:15a.m. Tour duration is approx. 3 hours.
Five food tasting locations — all food and beverages included.
Walking tour covering less than 1 mile. Easy, flat, hard surface walking. Suitable for all.
Delicious and perfectly selected alcoholic beverage pairing tastings available.
Tours held rain or shine. Wear weather-appropriate casual clothing and shoes for walking.
This tour IS accessible for guests with mobility disabilities or wheelchairs.
Private group tours available.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Iconic & One-of-a-Kind Food Tastings
Our guided Downtown Sunday Brunch Food Tour visits five Roanoke food tasting locations within the colorful and booming Historic District of Roanoke. Delicious samplings, enough for a hearty brunch for most, are served from locally owned eateries and legendary historic locations. Stops include one of the oldest farmers’ markets in the U.S., one of our downtown’s most popular restaurants located in a colorful former hotel, and a specialty chocolate shop. Tastings range from southern comfort food to ethnic favorites. All food and beverage tastings are included in the ticket price.
Historic & Cultural Experience
During and between tastings, we stroll through the main streets and alleyways of our historic downtown and enjoy a glimpse into Roanoke’s untamed early days, our rail heritage, and landmarks celebrating Roanoke’s unexpected diversity and culture. We also experience and witness our city’s latest boom and local attractions that rival those of larger cities. Our enthusiastic local guides share their knowledge of architectural gems, local lore, legends, exciting local attractions, and restaurants.
WHY TAKE THE TOUR?
Roanoke is rich in colorful history, culture, and one-of-a-kind culinary treats. Combine these with a leisurely stroll and an opportunity to make new friends — and you have a unique and fun way to experience Roanoke! Discover Roanoke’s off-the-beaten-path areas, culture, and food artisans. Included in the tour is our popular Downtown Roanoke Dining Guide booklet, which features downtown restaurant discounts. Our culinary adventure has become a must-do activity when in Roanoke. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, you’ll never view Roanoke the same again.
READY TO JOIN US?
Ready to enjoy the mouth-watering tastes of the Historic Downtown Sunday Brunch Tour?
Call (800) 656-0713 or click BOOK NOW to purchase tickets.
HAVE A GROUP? A SPECIAL OCCASION? A PRIVATE FOOD TOUR IS GREAT FUN!
We can arrange a private tour of up to 20 persons. It’s the perfect fun outing for wedding parties, birthdays, company functions, and other groups. Click PRIVATE TOURS for pricing and information.
Enjoy these delicious iconic eateries on the Sunday Brunch Food Tour (subject to change)
Thai Continental – Truly authentic Thai, complete with Buddist altars. And so tasty! (est. 2007).
Alejandro’s – Authentic “West Coast-style” Mexican grill featuring California fusion cuisine (est. 2007).
202 Social House – It’s fine dining, a tavern, and a speakeasy all in one. Wonderful historic location on the historic City Market (est. 2017).
Billy’s – Iconic restaurant with just the right mix of upscale and casual, in the heart of Roanoke (est. 1979, reopened in 2012).
chocolatepaper – Chocolates from around the world and just around the corner, but so much more (est. 2006).
WHERE TO MEET
Meet your tour guide inside the Roanoke City Market Building near the center of the building.
Our tours serve enough food that for most participants lunch afterward is not necessary. With the combination of drink and food tastings along with breaks for architectural, cultural, and historical insight, most participants are comfortably full after the tour. Our food tours are not intended to replace breakfast and lunch combined, so please consider eating a light breakfast before the tour.
Absolutely not! Our food tours combine architectural information, historical facts, local culture, and culinary insight into a unique tour experience. The food is primary, but the tour is so much more.
Tours generally last about 3 hours and participants can expect to be standing or walking for a good portion of the tour. We walk at a moderate pace and also provide sit-down locations on all of our tours.
There are a couple of stairways along the tour routes. However, in all instances, there is an elevator or alternative route provided. On our Roanoke Food Tours, all walking is on flat, hard surfaces (sidewalks). The Lexington Food Tour also is on hard surfaces. However, there are two slight inclines that we break up so it doesn’t create an issue for guests. If you have concerns, please indicate this when you purchase your ticket or be certain to tell your tour guide prior to the start of the tour.
Please be sure and let us know if you (or anyone in your group) has a dietary restriction (e.g. vegetarian, food allergy, etc.) when you purchase your tickets. As long as we know in advance, we can usually accommodate your needs.