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Food Carts Portland: Food Carts Tour – Portland, OR

Have you ever wanted a tour of the carts?

Have questions about Portland’s Food Cart scene that you want answered?

Want to eat at some of Portland’s best carts at the recommendation of Food Carts Portland?

Now you can. We offer tours of the carts hosted by Brett Burmeister, owner and managing editor of Food Carts Portland. Brett has been chronicling and tracking the food carts since 2008 and has become the defacto food cart ambassador for Portland. With his knowledge of the carts, their history and their stories, a tour with Brett is both fun and informative. Current cart owners have taken the tour prior to opening as a way to introduce themselves to Portland’s scene and learn as much as they can from Food Carts Portland. Oh, and we stop at a few carts to eat some of the best treats they have to offer.

Dates and Times:

Tours occur Daily Monday-Saturday. They begin around 12pm and last until 1:30 – 90 minutes. [Tours can also be scheduled outside of those hours – use the contact form below to inquire.]

Tour Details:

Tours start at one of the downtown pods and move throughout the city in order to experience what Portland has to offer. Topics of discussion include:

  • History of Food Carts in Portland
  • Why Portland?
  • What is a Pod and why does it work in Portland?
  • What works/doesn’t work for food carts.
  • Visits to some of Portland’s best carts.
  • Food tasting from some of Portland’s best carts.
  • Q & A

Tours are for the patrons, so we cater to your questions and needs.

Cost: Tours are $30 per person and free to kids under 12.

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Forktown Food Tours: North Portland Tour – Portland, OR

Join us for a three-hour tour through Portland’s newest culinary hot spot. We will explore N Mississippi Avenue, a vibrant and eclectic neighborhood full of great food and lots of personality. Sample handmade goodness from tiny boutique restaurants, small-batch artisan ice cream, and award-wining food carts. Experience gourmet finishing salts from around the world, chocolate confections from our own local artisans and much more.

You’ll get a nibble at 6-8 popular eateries, each chosen for its quality and creativity. You’ll also savor of this unique neighborhood and discover why Portland has become a culinary destination.

Here are some of the delicious foods you’re likely to taste on this tour:

– local micro-brewed ales

– guava wood smoked, Australian flake, and Fleur de sel finishing salts

– Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

– local farmstead cheeses and artisan breads

– grass-fed mini burgers with goat cheese

– Korean-Mexican fusion BBQ tacos

– handmade salted caramel ice cream sandwiches

* We like to mix it up, so actual tastings may vary.

Please wear comfortable, weather appropriate clothing. We are Portlanders, so tours take place rain or shine! Let us know ahead of time if you have any dietary restrictions, in many cases we can make substitutions.

Time: Every Saturday and Sunday afternoon

Duration: 3 hours, about 1.5 miles of walking

Tour Cost: $65.00 (includes all food, beverage, and your expert tour guide)

Meeting Location: North Mississippi Avenue. Specific location, transportation and parking information provided at ticket purchase. (From downtown, N Mississippi is 10 minutes in a cab or 20 minutes via public transportation.)

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Portland Walking Tours: Epicurean Excursion – Portland, Oregon

A unique and delicious walking tour where you’ll taste the foods, sip the drinks, meet some artisans & vendors in their shops – while exploring the lively Pearl District. 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 taste & 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 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 8 and 10 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. Lots 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.

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
  • 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.

Tour Dates & Times

Daily at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Note: Do not wear open-toed shoes to this tour as we will be in places where a brewer, baker, or chef might give you the evil eye. This tour regularly sells out (since each group is limited in size), so buy your tickets now.

Starting Location:

Meet your guide INSIDE and upstairs in the mezzanine library at the Heathman Hotel at 1001 SW Broadway at Salmon.

Tour duration:

About 3.5 hours
Less than 1 ½ miles (no hills, 15 steps)

$59 All Ages

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