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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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Monterey Park, California
"Great Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 18, 2017 NEW
Everything was great staring from the beginning through the end. Our group get to tried lots of great taste foods. We were s lucky to had great weather on that day and a group of great fun people. The tour guide Lisa made the tour very fun and very educational. I just loved it!
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Covina, California
"The best Spanish Paella EVER!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 17, 2017 NEW
I've been on their Old Pasadena tour and loved it so I decided to take this one too, so me and my niece went on Saturday and we really enjoyed it. Our tour guide Diane was very knowledgeable and shared the history of La Espanola Meats, and then introduced us to Alex, who is one of the owners. He went into detail about the family history, including how the family migrated to the USA more than 35 years ago. Then, Alex took us inside the factory for a "behind the scenes" tour of how they make their sausages and cured meats. We were surprised to learn that they make everything at this location. Following the tour we sat outside and they brought plates filled with their wonderful meats, marinated Spanish olives and cheeses, and then Alex brought us bottles red and white Spanish wines to sample. As if it couldn't get any better... they brought out a huge pan with home cooked Paella packed with seafood (green mussels, shrimp, squid, calamari) and red Spanish peppers that was OH SO GOOD! Then they brought out some handmade olive oil tortas, and finally some chocolate fig bon bons. Did I say they were amazing? The education alone was worth the price of the tour! But when you add on the amazing food, it's the best value EVER! Thank you Diane and Alex for a wonderful experience!
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Margie Y
Seattle, Washington
"First timer, loved!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 16, 2017 NEW
We were gifted this tour from a friend, which fits our theme of traveling foodies. It was great! We will now add food tours to out future city travel.
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San Diego, California
"Best Food Tour in Los Angeles"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 16, 2017 NEW
April 7, 2017 When in Los Angeles, you've got to take the Farmers Market Tour-Melting Pot Food Tours. Cross your fingers and toes that Andrew will be your guide for the day. He is funny, personable, accommodating, knowledgeable, and just an all around great guy. The tour was 2.5 hours of walking, sitting, dining, listening, learning and constant, constant enjoyment. We had a group consisting of really nice people from Germany, Boston, and California. The walking is minimal but enough to work some of your calories off. You'll be so full at the end of the tour that you may contemplate turning away a bite or two...but don't even think about it. You will never know what you missed! Everything we tasted was wonderful. It was the kind of experience that you tell all of your friends about. Thanks Andrew! You made the tour perfect.
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Robin W
Santa Monica
"Thai town tour with Jet Tila "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 27, 2017 NEW
What a fantastic day in every way. Highly recommend this tour. Chef Tila is very informative and personable and just fun to be around. So many gems on the tour. Excellent and unique day.
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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?