Home to renovated tobacco warehouses, the Durham Performing Arts Center, the Durham Bulls, and Historic Parrish Street, downtown Durham is about cutting edge culture and fantastic food. Let us show you this vibrant city and introduce you to the restaurants, shops and people that are making Durham one of the nation’s cultural hot spots. With a farm-to-table focus and artisan preparation of innovative cuisine, you will discover all of Durham’s flavors! Reservations must be made in advance at www.tastecarolina.com. Custom corporate and private tours can be added by request for any weekday or weeknight.
The 1:30 p.m. Durham Downtown Tasting Tour is a fantastic way to experience six different Durham gems in one afternoon. The restaurants featured on this tour have lines out the door every day, but the delicious tastings are prepared and ready for the tour to just walk in and enjoy! From North Carolina pasture-raised beef burgers with made-from-scratch toppings on homemade buns, to wood burning pizza with local toppings, to the perfect sandwich/ soup pairing in a mini-package, to local beer and sweets, you will come away as delighted by downtown Durham as we are! This tour includes food tastings at five to six different restaurants and food shops, with splashes of wine and tastes of beer here and there.
New, additional time of 9:45 a.m. available with all different restaurants! Start with brunch and morph into lunch. Enjoy the best biscuits, breakfast pizza, homemade pastrami, local beer, and more. The 9:45 a.m. tour is a fantastic way to get to know downtown Durham, including its history, architecture, and culinary scene.
The 3:00 p.m. Durham Downtown Evening Tasting Tour includes food and drink tastings at five to six different restaurants and bars. The restaurants featured on this tour are as farm-to-table as you will find and are all located in funky, rehabbed historic buildings. Chefs prepare substantial tour tastings all paired with small drinks, mostly wine and cocktails. Also included on this tour is a tasting and demonstration at a craft cocktails bar, as well as a local sweet treat at the end.