Farmers Market Food & History Tour in Los Angeles, CA

Melting Pot Tours6333 W 3rd StreetLos Angeles, CA 90036
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Tour artisanal butchers, bakers, cheese makers, and other famed culinary masterpieces at the Original Farmer’s Market in LA. Your taste buds will thank you as you embark on a 2.5-hour tour filled with tantalizing tastes, scents, and cuisines. You’ll sample everything from handmade candy to pizza while you learn about the market’s rich history. Prepare yourself for a culinary tour unlike any other!


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Farmers Market Food & History Tour with Melting Pot Food Tours winds its way through the landmark Original Farmers Market and incorporates both generous tastings along with an insider’s perspective on the Market, its history and its diverse long-time merchants and tastemakers. Tastes range from L.A.’s highest rated doughnuts to pizza from L.A.’s first pizzeria, authentic Brazilian barbecue to Spanish gazpacho, Cajun jambalaya and more. Perfect for individuals and groups who desire a guided culinary experience at L.A.’s first and foremost foodie destination!

Duration: 2.5 hours with 9 tastings
Walking distance: 1/8 mile walk

Here's what to expect:
Ethnic eateries (French, Brazilian, Cajun, or Middle Eastern)
Gourmet grocery store
Fresh produce stand
Donut shop rated one of the best in the county by USA Today
Handmade candy kitchen
L.A.’s first pizzeria
Mexican grill featured in Bon Appetit magazine

Not included: Parking costs not included. Coffee and/or water is served along the way, but it is recommended you bring your own bottle of water, especially if it is a warm day.

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Eugene S
"Thai Town Food Tour with Chef Jet Tila"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 12, 2017 NEW
I'd say today was a very special day. From Ruen Pair to Sapp Coffee Shop (btw, it's not really a coffee shop-Jade Noodle is a must try) to BangLuck Market to Hollywood Restaurant and Bar to Bhan Kanom Thai-(The Original Thai Desserts). It was a perfect balance of trying some amazing dishes, to great and insightful conversation to learning some inside secrets of the renown Thai Town. As far as Jet Tila, he is truly an awesome person and an awesome human being. It was definitely a pleasure to get to know him a little and have an opportunity to do some small talk and get an inside track and tips and tricks on how to prepare some of my favorite Thai dishes. Oh yeah, and Jet drives a Tesla (Jet Black) which makes the whole things so much more awesome. The organization of the tour was spot on. Andy who was our tour MC has a true passion for culinary arts and did an amazing job making everyone feel welcome and providing some of his insight on things. Truly an incredible experience and highly recommended.
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Thousand Oaks, California
"La Espanola Meats"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 30, 2017 NEW
This is a great and informative tour done by Alex. Followed by wonderful meats, cheeses and of course their signature dish, paella. Served with wine to share among the new friends we meet on the tour. Great time!
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TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 23, 2017 NEW
We had great food and our guide was very informative! We learned a lot about Pasadena and tried different culinary cuisine along with way! Can't wait to give it a try again!
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Kahului, Hawaii
"Gilmore Great!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 04, 2017
Andrew was our guide and gave an exceptional tour with great knowledge. This was a very fun and interesting way to see the farmer's market. I would highly recommend Melting Pot and requesting Andrew if available.
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"Melting Pot Tour La Española Meats"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 02, 2017
Diane Scalia head of MPFT and Alejandro of La Espanola Meats were consummate guides. Alejandro took us through the factory portion of the tour letting us in on the various processing & curing rooms for their signature Chorizo & Salsicha. Every aspect about making Spanish sausages was demonstrated or discussed by Alejandro. Diane was our hostess for the Paella lunch clueing us in on what the various foods were on the table as well as serving us generously the Paella in a huge metal pan. The tour took about an hour, and then we retreated to their small covered patio where we indulged in a colorful, beautifully presented land & seafood paella that included shrimp, mussels, chicken, rough ground pork sausage, peas, slivers of green bell peppers, white beans. Red piquillo peppers & orange-yellow saffron tinged rice made of colors that reflect the Spanish national flag. Nice bottles of white wine Albarino & a red Tempranillo were served as well as bottled water for those who abstained. Previous to the main dish, a plate of thinly sliced dry cured Spanish sausages & salami, Manchego cheese along with cured Castelvetrano olives & whole garlic in a vinegary brine in which you can dip Spanish bread into were the appetizer. The sweet end to the meal was Tortas, a thin,crispy, sweet flour "tortilla" flavoured w/ anise, and Rosco de Vino Mata, a dry cookie flavoured w/ wine & cinnamon. Lastly we perused the small market that is chock full of Spanish comestibles. A whole leg of Jamon Iberico de Bellota can be bought for $1,000.00, but slices of it are also on sale so no need to panic. I find that the Spanish Jamon is overall superior to Italian Prosciutto di Parma, German Schwarzwald Schinkin, & French Jambon. Interestingly, all these cured "ham" locations were under the rule of the Roman Empire over 1,600 years ago. I discovered the most amazingly addictive Turron de Alicante by Pablo Garrigos Ibanez. Basically it's a Nougat based in a sweet, chewy, slightly gooey egg white infused w/ Rosemary flower honey that adds a smokey, oily herbal undertone that accentuates the toasty crunchy Marcona almonds. Truly a confectionery Manna.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Farmers Market Food and History Tour

Are food samples included in the tour?
Of course! Guests enjoy 9 food tastings from various vendors and cuisines.

How long is the tour?
The tour is approximately 2.5 hours long.

How much walking is involved?
Guests walk approximately 1/8th of a mile.

Is parking included in the tour cost?
No. Parking is not included in tour admission costs. Parking validation is only available for Farmer’s Market parking lots.

Is gratuity included in my tour price?
No. However, gratuity is greatly appreciated, especially if you had an excellent tour.

What should I bring on the tour?
We recommend that guests bring a bottle of water along for the tour and dress appropriately for the weather forecast. Plus, don’t forget sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat on hot, summer days.

Where do I meet for the tour?
Exact meeting details are provided on your e-Ticket. The Original Farmer’s Market is located at W. 3rd Street & Fairfax Avenue.

Do I need to purchase a ticket for my child?
Infants or young children under the age of 5 do not need tickets if they will not be participating in the food tastings. Children ages 5-12 or those participating in the tastings require a child’s ticket offered at a reduced price.

Is the tour wheelchair or stroller accessible?

Will the tour still depart in the rain?
Tours depart rain or shine. In the case of extreme weather, guests will be contacted and given the chance to reschedule.

I have dietary allergies or restrictions. Can I still participate in the tour?
You are able to specify dietary restrictions and food allergies when you book your tickets. Please be as specific as possible, so we can accommodate your needs. If we do not find out about dietary restrictions until the day of the tour, however, it is not possible for us to accommodate them.

Is alcohol served during the tour?