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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Waynesville, North Carolina
"Farmers Market in Los Angeles"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 28, 2017 NEW
Andrew gave us a history of the site originally used as a dairy farm and the transition to a Farmer's Market in the 1930's. It speaks for itself that the concept and all the mini-businesses involved are still thriving. Wonderful tasting experience and exposure to the highlights of the market. Add it to your LA itinerary!
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Merl R
Bakersfield, California
"Farmer's Market is a lot more than a market<>its history!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 27, 2017 NEW
Our farmers market tour was led by Andrew. He is an exceptionally articulate, knowledgeable and charismatic guide. The history/stories of the market are great. The food sampling is even greater! We intend to try one (or more) of the other melting pot tours
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Buena Park, California
"Spanish/European products!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 22, 2017 NEW
This was a tour of La Espanola Meats in Harbor City. This is a "mom and pop" size company, but they do business that far exceeds their size! It is a tour of their meat plant and their market. Diane was our Melting Pot guide, but Alex, the son-in-law of the originators of this plant/market, was the one who showed us around the plant. It was a very interesting tour through the room with all the machinery to prepare the meats, the cooking room, a number of drying rooms (What a delicious aroma!!), and the packing room. All along the way, Alex presented a lot of information and anecdotes about the family and the business. The market contains an array of imported Spanish products. Then we enjoyed an appetizer charcuterie plate of olives, garlic, cheese and four different salamis. After that came a freshly prepared paella! Two wines were included as part of the lunch, as well as soft drinks and water. It was a great time! Did I mention Iberico Ham? I have always wanted to try it but did not want to go to Europe, nor buy a whole leg to do that! I was able to purchase a small package of it to take home! A very wonderful day with my wife!
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"La Española Meats tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 22, 2017 NEW
Diane and Alex did a great job, loved the tour. The market is fantastic with many exciting and different foods. The Paella lunch was incredible!!
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David A
Ridgecrest, California
"Old Pasadena food tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 16, 2017 NEW
This Tour was not only educational but it was visually stimulating to the eyes the architecture was outstanding all the food was delicious and Barbra are Tour guide wasn't merely reading from a script she really knew her stuff and was truly passionate about it and that was the best part of all would recommend it to everybody I know
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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?