Frequently Asked Questions

Choosing The Edible Food Tour of Burlington?

» Why us?

This is the only tour that combines Burlington’s food and history and culture. Our guides are passionate and knowledgeable about food and history.

» What if I’m from the Burlington area?

This is an especially good reason to take the tour. Farm to Table is a special niche for those of us who live here. However, this was a way of life for the groups that settled this area more than 100 years ago. What were the food traditions of the early ethnic groups? Where did local grapevines grow? Before Ben & Jerry’s, where did locals get their ice cream?

» What if I’m not from the area?

And if you’re not from this area, the tour is a great way to get acquainted with Burlington’s past, plus its current great foodie culture.

» Why are we donating 10% of our profits to an area non-profit?

In our research we uncovered story after story about how neighbors helped neighbors as different ethnic groups experienced tough times. The New Farms for New Americans program is a farm and community gardening program that helps refugees and new immigrants stay connected to their own culinary traditions and crops by growing fresh foods for their households. Its mission carries on a long tradition of community.

» What restaurants will we visit?

We will stop at 5 restaurants that are committed to serving locally grown foods. These are Waterside Cafe, Maglianero / Jam Bakery, Honey Road , Penny Cluse / Lucky Next Door, and Juniper Bar & Restaurant.

» How much food will be served?

For most people, the samples you’ll get at each restaurant will together serve as a mid-day meal.

» What if I have special dietary requirements?

We can provide food substitutions for vegetarians. We will pay close attention to food allergies. Let us know in advance so that we can notify the chefs. Beyond that, we cannot promise that the chefs can accommodate other food preferences.

» What will we be drinking?

We get water in all the restaurants, but you may want to bring a water bottle with you. In our final restaurant, we get an alcoholic beverage made in Vermont, or something softer, if you prefer.

» What if I want to return to one of these restaurants?

Each of the restaurants will be delighted to see you again. You will have coupons for special discounts or deals for these restaurants that you’ll find in the guidebook you will receive on the tour.

» Where can we park?

There are three parking lots near the Waterfront at the end of College Street. The public lot on the left of ECHO offers discounted parking to ECHO members. The public lot on the right offers paid parking. Another option is the park at the City Garage at the Hotel Vermont at 41 Cherry Street (where we end the tour) where you get 2 free hours of parking. It’s about 3 blocks from ECHO (left out of the garage; left at Battery; right at College Street.) Or you can download the Parkmobile app for Burlington on your iPhone or Android.

Ticketing - Scheduling

» How do I buy tickets?
To buy tickets, go here.

» Do I need to purchase tickets in advance?

Yes, tickets need to be purchased at least a day in advance so our chefs can prepare our food. There is no need to pick up a hard ticket. We will have your names.

» Are tour guide gratuities included in the price?

We do not include gratuities in the cost of our tours. A standard gratuity for a tour guide in other cities that offer them is 15% to 20% of the tour price. If you had a fun time, our tour guides will welcome the gratuities.

» When are the tours offered?

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 1pm

» Where do we meet?

We will meet at the outdoor cafe behind the ECHO Center at the bottom of College Street.

» How many people will be on the tour?

Up to 12 people per tour. This means you’ll get a personalized experience and still get to meet other interesting folks who like to walk, talk, and eat.

Walking–Talking–Dressing

» How much walking is involved?

The tour covers close to 2 miles over 3 hours. We stop along the way at key historic sites and we sample foods at 5 restaurants. We are on our feet for much of the tour. Wear good walking shoes!

» Are the tours wheelchair accessible?

Yes. However, at one point there is a quarter of a mile walk that is partly uphill.

» Are tours offered in other languages?

No–we’re sorry. At this time the tours are offered in English only.

» What if it rains?

Our tours are held rain or shine. We go inside the 5 restaurants but much of the time we’ll be outside. We make every effort to find sheltered places out of rain and hot sun.

Thank you for choosing Burlington’s Edible History Tour. We look forward to meeting you.

“My partner and I got to do 3 of our favorite things today: walk, eat and learn new things. The tour provided that for us today and more. We learned a lot about the area - the rich history and cultures; got to sample some delicious food from various eateries and had a great time with the other people in our group. This is a must do in Burlington!”
—Trip Advisor, Albany, NY