544 miles, 10 hours and 5 minutes.
That is the distance between me and the Virginia Beach Boardwalk Food Tour. What is the Virginia Beach Boardwalk Food Tour, well; it is a tour of the Virginia Beach Boardwalk area through food! Sure, there seems to be some history thrown in for good measure but I think it is way more about the food.
With summer around the corner, it seems like a good time to start planning the family vacations and as I was browsing through Virginia Beach’s convention and visitors’ bureau website I discovered the Coastal Food Tours of Virginia. I would never be accused of being a foodie but, working in restaurants has given me a true appreciation of food (especially seafood) which is why the food tours have such appeal. I like to go on tours of a new city as much as the next person but there never seems to be enough time to eat and what better way to learn about a city then through its food.
Did you know that John Smith and his crew stopped in Virginia Beach for a bite to eat on his way to Jamestown? I didn’t but I would find out about that as well as other fun facts as we eat fresh caught seafood from the Atlantic and Chesapeake Bay and dine on award winning oyster stew. This tour is three hours long, three hours long, all summer long – rain or shine. I personally would love to spend it with the husband but it would make for a pretty awesome girls getaway.
Now, if I really wanted to be a true foodie adventuress I would have to try the Harvest Feast tours. It is a five day food event. Five days of food and drink!
I tried to sum up all you do but I can’t so here is what it is from the website:
• Scenic dinner at a restaurant in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay BridgeThere is an in depth itinerary on the site as well but what caught my eye.... Beer and BBQ on then Bay. Sure the Chatham Winery tour sounds great as does the Smithfield Food tour and who can resist the tour of Cape Henry. But, beer and BBQ on the only restaurant located on the bay bridge? Holy cow I want to book this today!
• Fishing in the Atlantic Ocean and eating today's catch for dinner
• Wine tasting and appreciation from a picturesque vineyard
• Visits to family run farms, tours through historic towns and villages along the coast
• Getting a first hand look at the tradition of preparing Virginia peanuts
• A visit to an aqua farm
• An in-depth look at tasting and curing Virginia ham
• A trip through Rowena's cake factory
• Lunch at several historic restaurants
• Granby Street Food Tour
• Trip through the Virginia Beach Farmers Market and dinner with an award winning chef
Obviously, the Harvest Feast tour is not the most kid friendly of the tours but there is plenty to do in Virginia Beach that include the ankle biters and Love the Moment in Virginia Beach.
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