This is the only tour that combines Burlington’s food and history and culture. Our guides are passionate and knowledgeable about food and history.
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?
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.
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.
For most people, the samples you’ll get at each restaurant will together serve as a mid-day meal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our tour season runs from mid-June to mid-October. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays starting at 1pm
We will meet at the outdoor cafe behind the ECHO Center at the bottom of College Street.
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.
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!
Yes. However, at one point there is a quarter of a mile walk that is partly uphill.
No–we’re sorry. At this time the tours are offered in English only.
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.