Tours: Epicurean Excursion
A unique and delicious walking tour where you’ll taste the foods and sip the drinks - while discovering Portland's amazing culinary scene. If you watch the Food Network or consider yourself a "foodie," then this exploration is for you. Portland has become a go-to destination for people who love to eat and we're the ones who will show you why. Each tour is limited in size so the experience is small and intimate.
Even though you'll sample dozens of tastes & sips on any given tour, it's more than just hitting those numbers; it's all about understanding what makes up the food that satisfy us. While having fun, you'll also achieve an honorary diploma of culinary knowledge as you experience first hand (or should we say "first mouth") how fortunate we are to "eat local" and how this locavore philosophy is driving Portland's exciting food scene. Most importantly, we'll slow you down and guide you through this culinary tasting adventure as you experience the smells, textures, and tastes that every item brings.
Our Epicurean Excursion changes regularly, but one thing's for certain, you will sample from the best local artisan items that Oregon has to offer. The tour typically visit between 7 and 9 different local vendors and artisan producers in under 3.5 hours. And since we offer the tour daily at 10 AM and again at 2 PM, how do you know which tour time is for you? Simply said, the morning tour is completely different from the afternoon tour. For those that are ready to nosh, a fair number of our guests take both tours on different days just to experience the same fun, but getting to visit new spots and try different food and drink all over again.
The best thing is that you'll have so much fun, you'll forget you're learning something.
If you want the inside scoop on Portland's food truck scene, click here to take a walk down Flavor Street.
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Tour Dates & Times
Winter: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday at 10 am and 2 pm
Spring: Daily at 10 am and extra tours on weekends at 2 pm
Summer/Fall: Daily at 10 am and 2 pm
Meet your guide upstairs in the mezzanine library at the Heathman Hotel at 1001 SW Broadway at Salmon. How do I get there?
Convenient covered parking located at Smartpark on SW 10th & Yamhill.
About 3 ½ hours
Less than 1 ½ miles (no hills, 15 steps)
This tour regularly sells out (since each group is limited in size), so buy your tickets now.
Prices and Buy Tickets Now
Price (always without ticketing fees and sales tax)
- $59 All Ages (buy now to see online sale prices)
Other Tour Dates
Examples of past items served
- Baguettes, Levains (sourdough), croissants, breakfast pastries with anise seed and a hint of orange-blossom water
- Handmade Dungeness crab cakes
- Hazelnut, pistachio, pumpkin, Amaretto and other gelatos
- Finishing salts infused with imported black truffle and smoked chilies
- Pressed cubano sandwiches with a Portland twist
- American Pale Ales, India Pale Ales, Amber Ales, Blond Ales (after going behind-the-scenes at an artisan brewery)
- Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris wines from the Willamette Valley
- Real Hops and Chocolate Roasted barleys for beer making
- Pizzas with local and seasonal ingredients, including mushrooms, roast red peppers and goat cheese with cilantro pesto or how about broccoli, hazelnuts, cheddar cheese with squash sauce
- Unique Bosnian pitas from an award-winning Portland food cart
- Deep, dark green olive oils
- Locally roasted Kenyan, Guatemalan, Honduran, Indonesian, and Columbian coffees
- World-famous voodoo doughnuts (without the line)
- Tacos with a Portland/Korean twist
- Multiple award-winning Portland food carts/food trucks for that grub on the go
- Fragrant jasmine pearl green tea, smoky oolong, and sweet black tea flavored with lychee fruits
- Authentic tea cookies
- Single origin chocolates made from 78% bittersweet chocolates, 65% dark chocolates, 60% dark chocolates, and 45% milk chocolates
- Fine French roast Italian coffees
- Salad with heirloom greens and fresh spring peas
- Tomato-orange soup
- Flax seed crackers
- Bottled rain water…seriously
- Dairy and wheat-free energy bars from a James Beard award-winning chef
- Cashew Hummus that is not cooked at high temperatures so as to retain nutrients
- Real soda that is made with fresh pressed local berries and fruits and real cane sugar
- Marionberry and other all-fruit sorbettos
- A handmade falafel with tahini sauce as a real forktown tours experience
- Hazelnut Spiced Rum, Dark Rum, and Spruce Gin (in the back of a distillery)
- Cave-aged blue cheese, a smokey goat's milk cheese, and a nutty hard cheese
- Real cocoa beans and nibs
- Chocolates infused with Ylang-Ylang essence
- Real wasabi (not the fake horseradish kind)
- Fresh caught salmon
- Salts from around the world, sel gris, Himalayan, and red salt from Hawaii
- Berry jams, preserves, and jellies
- Simple and exotic mustards
- Dill sauces and marinades
- Surprises that we throw in at the last minute
- Much, much more with new exciting Portland Food Adventures!
Topics to chew over
These are the things you'll discover with us:
- The F.L.O.S.S. philosophy - Fresh, Local, Organic, Seasonable, and Sustainable.
- Portland’s Liquid Assets (microbrews, wines, distilled spirits, coffees, teas, olive oils, handmade sodas, and - of course - we'll be drinking real rainwater).
- Slowing down to experience and relearn how to interpret and enjoy appearances, smells, tastes, mouthfeels, and aftertastes - Like a wine tasting, we'll guide you through the process of renewing all five senses with food and drink.
- Slow Food Movement - why Portland is the U.S. epicenter of this worldwide movement
- Visit the best and skip the rest - These eat adventures are all handpicked and curated by our resident experts. There's no sales pitches or pushy vendors because we only use the best ethical locations.
- The inside story of the Pearl District - from how it was named two times by the same person to its transformation from an unattractive industrial area into an eclectic blend of condominiums, galleries, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants.
Reviews & Kudos
- "We hadn't eaten large amounts, yet after the parade of small bites, beer, wine, tea and coffee, no one left hungry."
- - Seattle Times Newspaper
- "Taste what the city has to offer."
- - Cooking Light Magazine
- "To my delight, not only did I savor the food and drink along the way, I learned a lot, too."
- - Everett-Herald Newspaper
- "Top 10 Things to Do This Summer"
"Top 10 Things to Do This Fall"
- - Citysearch
- "It seemed kind of pricey at $59 per person, but it's totally worth it - it's basically a tour, which is probably going to cost half that much anyway, PLUS a moving feast and 4-hour BRUNCH as you wander around the Pearl District, sampling food and drink from different places along the way."
- - Stefanie, Seattle, Washington USA
- "If you love food, this is the best walking tour you can find!"
- - Eileen, Los Angeles, California USA