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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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Los Angeles, California
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 18, 2017 NEW
5 stars seriously.... I requested for a sign language interpreter for this tour, they were committed to ensure my accessibility as a top priority. They were able to secure two interpreters and made this experience an incredible way to start my life in LA.Gracias!
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Norwich, United Kingdom
"Single handed responsible for my repeat dreams about doughnuts!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 08, 2017 NEW
I did the Farmers Market tour with Andrew, and enjoyed every second of it. Had foods ranging from aforementioned doughnuts to toffee to churrasco to much more beside. A definite highlight of my recent visit to LA, and were I to return my 100% must do recommendation for anyone who fancies learning about LA and eating great food.
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Roberta E
"Fun, food tour in Pasadena"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 07, 2017 NEW
Loved every minute of the Melting Pot Food Tour in Pasadena. Tried all sorts of new food and learned about Pasadena. It was 3.5 hours long, but it didn't feel like it. My daughter is 7 months pregnant and comfortably walked the tour! I have Celiacs and can't eat gluten (wheat), and I had a delicious alternative at every stop. I highly recommend it.
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Jan S
Irvine, California, United States
"Food, History and Architecture!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 06, 2017 NEW
My 7 friends and I thoroughly enjoyed our food tour of Old Pasadena. The guide, food and information were just terrific! We love learning about the history of Pasadena, and all the fun little sights you would walk right on by if you don't take one of these tours. Being able to support the small, family owned restaurants is just a pleasure! The Melting Pot tour of the Farmers Market is also a winner!!
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"Loved this tour!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 05, 2017 NEW
Having grown up in the Los Angeles area and visiting the Farmers Market on numerous occasions, I had not known the remarkable history of it. This all changed with this tour. Our tour guide, Andrew Carter not only gave us a passionate historical background of the market and surrounding area, but took us to many food stops along the way within the market. We even got to meet "Bob" who owns the famous donut shop. It was a highlight of our visit. We look forward to taking another Melting Pot Tour in the future.
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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?