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Ventura Food Tours

Ventura, CA, USA
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About Ventura Food Tours
Ventura Food Tours are guided walking tours, lasting between three and four hours, in downtown Ventura, downtown Ojai, and downtown Santa Barbara. Each tour stops at 6 different locations, where guests will enjoy tastings of some of the areas best food finds. As we walk the tour route, you'll meet chefs, entrepreneurs, and learn about the history of the area. Our tasting tours are intimate and informal, giving you a behind the scenes look into some of our gourmet food producers and culinary purveyors. Clam chowder, Polynesian food, handmade truffles, California olive oil, wine, cheese, and gelato are amongst the tasting options on the Downtown Ventura Tasting Tour.
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MaryMcBabe wrote a review Nov 2021
Manhattan Beach, California9 contributions9 helpful votes
Let me first say that our guide Nina was awesome! The tour started out at a local bee keepers spot in the main shopping area. VERY INTERESTING! I didn’t realize that the flavors of honey stem from what flower they pollinate. We were able to taste quite a few varieties of honey. Next on to a taco place that is locally owned and definitely a favorite with the locals. I have to say, the single taco we were given was good but not anything we can’t find in LA. Maybe it was because we had to eat our tacos on a outside garbage/recycling can. Let’s talk about what you get for that $98 ticket. The tacos were $2. After tacos, we moved to another locally owned Mexican restaurant where we had tamales. Again, not really anything we can’t get in LA. They were good and the owner came out and explained how they were made. Plus our guide offered lots of local history to back-up each restaurant and shop. Maybe the half pieces of tamales would cost $10pp? Maybe. Then we headed to my favorite stop the Ojai Vineyard downtown shop. Beautiful spot with lots of great wine. I would have preferred that this was at the end of the tour but it was a great stop either way. There were 3 tasting glasses for a total of maybe $20 - $30 tops. The next stop was my favorite stop the Carolina Gramm Olive Oil shop. We tasted both her amazing infused olive oils and her balsamic vinegars. I would highly recommend a tasting with her. We bought $100 in oils. Not sure what the tasting cost. I can’t imagine it was much because it was literally teaspoon fulls. From there we went to a vegan restaurant where we shared 2 burgers (6 people) and 2 types of fries. Definitely good but a bit of overkill at this point. Being generous, I would say that it might be a $20 lunch at the most. Final stop was gelato and was very good. My son went back several times for more. Maybe that cost $6. So with all this in mind it was probably only $50 worth of food consumed. It’s one thing to complain and another to recommend. I would say less food stops (3 is plenty), more upscale small plates, 2 informational shops, and end at the winery. We would all highly recommend Ojai. It’s a great small town that has a lot to offer. Maybe reach out to Ventura Food tours and ask in advance what is on the tour. You might be able to taylor it to your group.
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Date of experience: November 2021
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Fran Cipolla wrote a review Nov 2021
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This was a delightful tour that allowed us to not only taste great food, but also learn about the city of Ventura. Manuel was a knowledgeable, charming host who knows the area well. Great way to spend part of a day, and we didn’t need to eat dinner that night because we were so full!
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Julietta wrote a review Aug 2021
Thousand Oaks, California5 contributions3 helpful votes
High praise for the Ventura Food Tour, which my husband & I enjoyed Sun., Aug. 1, 2021! Hats off to Ventura Food Tour owner, Allison, and to our guide, Manuel, for a route featuuring fine, distinctive tastes from five independent restaurants and from Olive Ventura. We met at 10:30, starting at Spencer MacKenzie, for the freshest ceviche & flavorful yet not salty New Eng. clam chowder. Next: Marie Shannon, for elegant desserts, incl. dark chocolate macaroons & rich raspberry pastry. After that, the upbeat Polynesian Ventiki: signature Mai Tai & tender pulled pork slider. Bartender Crystal played the humorous sound effects for Ventiki’s popular drinks. Next stop: Olive Ventura, for samples & suggestions re: olive oil / vinegar pairings. Our fifth stop: Fluid State, for craft beers & crisp, tasty, sour dough pizza. Last but not least: Palermo, for irresistible gelato. As we walked, Manuel shared the history of various sites, pointing out artwork we might not have noticed. In all our years in Ventura County, my husband & I couldn’t have learned as much about Ventura’s history as we did on our food tour! Time span was 3.5 hours; we “seniors” kept up, thanks to Manuel’s considerate pace. We felt mostly at ease with the COVID-19 precautions taken by tour participants and by the locations we visited. Ventura has shown resilience during the pandemic by increasing outdoor dining. Continued success to Ventura restaurants and to other businesses, including the Ventura Food Tour!
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Robert P wrote a review Jun 2021
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I very much enjoyed the food tour with great food, conversation between guests, and tour guide that was both informative and most engaging.
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Susie M wrote a review Jun 2021
Carlsbad, California1 contribution
My husband and I had the pleasure of taking the Ventura Food Tour last week and couldn't have been happier with our tour, the food and, of course, the mai tai. Allison, the owner, is an absolute pleasure to work with and we were lucky enough to have her as our tour guide. Her personality, knowledge and enthusiasm made our day. We also couldn't believe the amount of food we received at the six restaurants on Allison's agenda. I would highly recommend this tour for everyone, whether you are a foodie or not.
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Date of experience: June 2021
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