Pioneer Valley Food Tours
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Pioneer Valley Food Tours offers guided tours that explore local flavors from around the region. Guests taste a selection of local specialties that include award winning cheeses, pasture raised meats, artisanal breads, frozen yogurt, handmade pastries, heirloom ciders and craft beers. Discover a thriving local food community in downtown Northampton and the Connecticut River Valley. Locally owned and operated.
Northampton, Massachusetts

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2022

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Maria K
1 contribution
Aug 2022
Deborah is a fantastic guide to the food and history of the Connecticut River Valley. She is a warm and welcoming host who is also very knowledgeable about food, cooking, and culture. Even though I have lived in the area for more than two decades, I learned so much about the restaurants, shops, and products this area has to offer. I will definitely be visiting many of the places we spoke about and stopped at. I highly recommend this to both locals and visitors - it would be a great introduction to the area for new arrivals!
Written August 21, 2022
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Thank you so much, I am glad to know that even as a local you found the tour enjoyable.
Written August 21, 2022
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Leslie R
1 contribution
Jun 2022
Deborah helped to organize a private walking food tour of Springfield for myself and my partner. Though the day was hot, we persevered and (having not spent much time in Springfield before) often found ourselves saying "We have to come back here!" Whether you are a foodie, a fan of the Pioneer Valley, or just looking to get to know the area better, I would highly recommend a tour with Deborah. Her excitement and appreciation of the community is evident (and infectious). We appreciated her flexibility to research not only the restaurants, but also the surrounding architecture and history of other landmarks, of an area that she has not previously based a tour out of. We would highly recommend a tour with Deborah and will probably join her again for a tour in the future!
Written June 27, 2022
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Megan C
1 contribution
Apr 2022
This was a really lovely tour, highly recommend! We recently moved to this area so had some familiarity already, but Deborah absolutely found surprises for us along the way. My husband and I attended with my parents, who are not local, and we all had a great time. The food was delightful and, trust, you will be full by the end. Deborah put her personal touch on it all, telling us both historic and personal anecdotes about Northampton and incorporating pieces of what she had learned about us into her tour. She's incredibly knowledgeable and a pleasure to spend an afternoon with.
Written April 25, 2022
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Thank you so much, I am happy to hear it was enjoyed by all of you.
Written April 26, 2022
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Michael E
1 contribution
Jun 2022
My wife and I had a lovely tour with Deborah this week. It was thoroughly enjoyable. The food was excellent and her telling of the history of food and food products in the Pioneer Valley was compelling. Deborah is warm, curious, and engaging and was a total delight as our tour guide. We are looking forward to returning sometime soon. We recommend Deborah and Pioneer Valley Food Tours highly.
Written June 17, 2022
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Thank you for sharing your experience, I am pleased to hear this.
Written November 9, 2022
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Macey S
Boston, MA12 contributions
Apr 2021
The Northampton Local Food Tour with guides Deborah and Davis was beyond incredible — the highlight of my month! It exceeded our expectations and I would recommend this experience to anyone who enjoys tasting a variety of delicious, fresh foods while learning fascinating information at the same time! This is an excellent activity for those who want to get outside, explore, and learn while social distancing. We visited a number of local spots and everything we tasted (food/drink) was absolutely mouthwatering and unique. I loved learning about the history of Northampton and the Pioneer Valley region, as well as the area’s focus on sustainable agriculture. Through our tour we experienced the way that the people of the Northampton community support local business and sustainable agricultural practices, which has created a wonderful community with incredibly fresh foods. Moreover, Deborah went above and beyond to make this a wonderful experience. She answered my many questions and provided additional information via email, and when I asked for a recommendation for ingredients for a recipe, Deborah suggested a delicious and unique local product. Deborah and Davis are highly knowledgeable about food, food science and more, and were eager to answer our questions — spending the afternoon learning from them was such a treat! We are already planning to attend a bike tour event as well!
Written May 7, 2021
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We're so glad to hear you had such a good time, we love treating our guests!
Written July 24, 2021
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Audrey H
Kalispell, MT3 contributions
Aug 2020
Quarantined for fourteen days before leaving to fetch our kids at camp in Vermont we were so excited to enjoy a "Picnic for Four" delivered to our home. We had stopped visiting the grocery store and were wanting our staycation to have a little romance and zest. The two of us celebrated with the picnic lunch that was delivered to our front porch and then- the next day's breakfast AND lunch on the road, and then had a third lunch up in Vermont- all with the generous abundance of our picnic basket for four. We loved the variety and flavor of our assortment and appreciated the quick delivery and beautiful presentation. Thank you for making a chaotic and challenging time feel festive and fun.
Written August 15, 2020
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We are so glad our picnic basket added both delicious food and cheer to your days. It sounds like you made the most of all the provisions we included, that is wonderful to hear. Thank you for sharing your experience.
Written August 16, 2020
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KES
3 contributions
Oct 2021
Rainy Saturday tour was an amazing way to spend the day. Deborah is welcoming, very knowledgeable, and created a great mix of local food scene knowledge, giving us a tour of excellent food, and leaving space for sharing other experiences among our group. A lovely, enjoyable, tasty treat! Don't hesitate to do this!
Written October 31, 2021
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Maddy
2 contributions
Mar 2021
We had a wonderful time on the food tour tasting local treats all while learning about the history of Northampton and the surrounding area. Deborah is a very kind and knowledgable tour guide. The weather was perfect so we got to eat outside in the sunshine, making it feel very safe during these times.
Written March 13, 2021
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Thank you, we have adapted our tours in order to maintain safe conditions and continue to provide a fun and delicious experience.
Written March 20, 2021
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Elizabeth S
1 contribution
Feb 2020 • Couples
My husband and I spent a morning touring Northampton’s food hot spots with Deborah. She was extremely knowledgeable about the food, restaurants and their owners and the history of food in the Pioneer Valley. We enjoyed stopping and learning the history of the murals, buildings and architecture as or tour proceeded as well. Deborah choose food and locations that were gluten free (for me) and balanced it perfectly with non gluten free options for my husband. The food and drinks did not disappoint.
Written February 9, 2020
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We are so happy that you enjoyed the tour and thank you for sharing your positive experience. We love to show people the many delicious and interesting sides of Northampton and the Pioneer Valley.
Written February 10, 2020
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Kerry
2 contributions
Oct 2020
I signed us up for a Pioneer Valley Food Tour because I thought it would be a great way to learn about the local places to eat and we were not disappointed! Deborah is so kind and knowledgeable, not just about food but specifically the food and food-history of Northampton and the Pioneer Valley. I was a bit worried about how this would work with Covid-19 still happening but Deborah made us feel safe and comfortable the entire time. We sampled food from 5 different places and would definitely book another tour in the future because there is just so much to eat and learn!
Written October 19, 2020
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It's wonderful to hear that the tour met your expectations. Thank you for sharing your positive experience.
Written October 19, 2020
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