DUNEDIN, Fla.—You can get a taste of local cuisine with Dunedin Food Tour. Try seafood, craft beer and more from across 5-7 independently-owned locations situated along the Pinellas Trail.
These walking food tours are available on Saturday afternoons at 1 p.m. The tour guide will teach participants about the rich history of Dunedin and give them the opportunity to speak to chefs, owners and beer experts at many of the locations. Total distance walked over the 3 ½ hours is around one mile. Tours cost $72 per person and include an array of food, adult beverages at some locations and tips for the wait staff.
“The Dunedin tours are about a year and a half old. We’ve had the same partners pretty much since day one,” said taste ambassador and owner of Tampa Bay Food Tours, Kimberly McAvoy.
The eateries and breweries on the schedule as well as their menus are subject to change without prior notice, but guests can expect to visit some of the following places:
- Lucky Lobster—lobster and shrimp pizza, lobster BLT and a margarita
- Nature’s Food Patch—food and wine sampling
- Carver’s Fish House—coconut fried shrimp
- Cueni Brewing—two pours of Cueni’s award winning craft beer or a glass of wine
- Cotherman’s Distillery—tasting of locally made rum, vodka and scotch
- Hog Island Fish Camp—whole fish fry
- Sea Sea Riders—Chef Ismet’s special of the day (e.g. grouper cheeks, sweet corn and shrimp bisque)
- Bon Appétit—dessert and coffee
- If there is additional time, the tour guide will walk guests through a few of the local shops like Spoiled Rotten or The Spice & Tea Exchange for a chance to browse and try some samples. Guests can get a small discount at select stores as a part of the tour.
“There’s an incredible array of fresh restaurants—seafood restaurants," McAvoy said when discussing why Dunedin was a great spot to start doing food tours, “so it really has that coastal vibe. Very walkable and great local independent restaurants.”
Tampa Bay Food Tours has expanded since last year and now offers tours in Tampa along the Riverwalk on Thursday evenings and Downtown St. Pete on Tuesday evenings.
Tours are limited to 12 people or fewer in order to maintain an intimate setting, but larger group and private tours can be arranged through the Custom Tours page.
“Food tour is a really great way to hear the narrative of an area, get to know the town and try a lot of great food,” said McAvoy.
If you’re interested in the Dunedin Food Tour, you can book it here. For more information on Tampa Bay Food Tours, check out their website.