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Enjoy a culinary tour de force without leaving Oakland! Sample the vast cultural diversity of the Grand Lake area, an urban mecca for global cuisine. Centered around the historic Grand Lake Theater, the area is known for its rich and eclectic influences and population. Our two-hour guided tour will include a walk around beautiful Lake Merritt as well as a trip around the world with samplings of some of the area’s best global dining.

Our Grand Lake Cultural Cuisine Tour is perfect for anyone who thinks they know “Oakland,” and contains hidden gems that may surprise even the most loyal local. Enjoy an opportunity to get off the beaten path while we explore the relaxed global vibe and culinary treats of the Grand Lake area.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit four tasting locations with food tastings, including two sit-down dining spots, and demonstrations to highlight the area’s local ethnic diversity.
  • Experience the best of both sides of Oakland—beautiful Lake Merritt as well as its urban center.
  • Enjoy an Exclusive Tasting Guide with map and discounted offerings from our tasting locations.

TOUR INFORMATION

  • DEPARTURE TIMES: Saturdays at 3 pm
  • COST PER PERSON: $65 per person
  • SALES DEADLINE: Tickets must be purchased at least two hours before the day’s tour
  • DURATION & DISTANCE: 2 hours covering nearly 1 mile
  • “Progressive Eating” experience – Come with an appetite! Local selections offer enough to keep you satisfied, but not stuffed.
  • WHO: Everyone! (kids welcome!)
  • CAPACITY: up to 12 guests per tour
  • WHAT TO WEAR/BRING: Comfortable clothing and shoes; bottle of water
  • WEATHER CONDITIONS: Light Rain or Shine (Tours may be cancelled 24 hours in advance for heavy rain/weather)
  • MEETING POINT: Outside the west entrance of the Oakland Public Library Lakeview Branch – 550 El Embarcadero, Oakland, CA, 94610

TASTING SELECTIONS*

  • Savor locally-sourced Italian comfort food from a favorite neighborhood kitchen right on the banks of beautiful Lake Merritt.
  • Taste the hand-prepared spices, blends and artisan seasonings from one of world’s best spice shops according to Food & Wine Magazine.
  • Take a samba-filled tour for your mouth with a selection of sweet and savory bocadillos from the most authentic Cuban restaurant in the neighborhood.
  • Let your taste buds dance with a traditional Parisian fluffy pastry from Oakland’s newest French patisserie.

*Tasting selections subject to change without notice

ADD OUR WHY NOT ADVENTURER OPTION!

*Want to add some additional “spirit” to your tour? Select the Why Not Adventurer option for only $15:

  • – Southern Italian white wine part of the James Beard winning Best Wine Program of North America
  • – Specialty margarita made with Sabe Blanco, a unique blend of blanco tequila from Mexico and premium sake from Japan
  • – Local Food Adventures tote bag perfect for carrying the amazing eats you discover along the way

By selecting our Why Not Adventurer option you swear and affirm that you are over the age of 21.

NEED MORE INFO?

Go to our FAQ page to learn more about our tours, dietary accommodations  and information you need to plan your Local Food Adventure.

READY TO BUY TICKETS?

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (510) 604-6546 up to an hour prior to the start of the tour. Let Local Food Adventures help you discover your local yummy!

Private Group Food Tours

Can’t find a public tour date that works for your schedule, inquire about booking a Private Group Tour!

 
 

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