Farmers Market Food & History Tour in Los Angeles, CA

6333 W 3rd StreetLos Angeles, CA 90036
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Overview

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!

Description

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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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Carylgb2020
Morgan Hill, California
"Old Farmer’s Market a must see!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 09, 2018 NEW
We toured the Farmer’s Market with Diane. We arrived as the market was opening and sampled donuts and coffee from Bob’s. Delicious! We also sampled pizza, cheese, olives, fresh fruit and sandwiches. So much food!! The market does offer fresh produce, meats, cheese, seafood as you would imagine but it is so much more. There are small restaurants as well as food kiosks and tables and chairs to sit and enjoy whatever you have purchased. The Grove has additional shopping , a book store, a cinema, restaurants and a short trolley ride for those with children. There is parking nearby but it fills up quickly, valet parking is also available. Diane was a terrific guide, we highly recommend her tours!
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LGBATMAZ
TUSTIN, CA
"Little India Food & Culture Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 23, 2018 NEW
EXCELLENT POINTS: -- Meeting place was very easy to find, as the building is easily seen from the street -- Plenty of parking space in the meeting place -- Every stop on the tour gave us well-selected and nicely-packaged gifts -- The business owners at every stop personally met with our tour group and provided us with additional tidbits. -- Buffet at "Ashoka the Great" catered to both vegetarians and otherwise, with wide selection of entrees. Plenty of desserts to choose from gave us excellent sampling of typical Indian desserts. -- Water bottles handed out at the final stop were perfect for the sunny day. -- We spent sufficient time at each stop, enough to give the tour participant an idea of the stop's points-of-interest, for post-tour revisit. -- Chef Farhana is an excellent, very knowledgeable tour guide. She did thorough research of Little India in order to put together the contents of the tour. SUGGESTIONS: -- Tour was 3.5 hours; suggest to extend it to 4-4.5 hours to include 2 more non-food stops. There are a number of excellent clothing boutiques that would not be visited by those unfamiliar with Little India. -- Start the tour with a sampling of Chai Tea for the tour participants on the first stop. -- This would be a real bonus, but if at all possible, include a Sari fitting demo, to show the intricacies of this activity.
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Melinda346
Los Angeles, California
"La Espanola Meats is fabulous"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 23, 2018 NEW
Went on the La Espanola Market tour in Harbor City this past weekend and it was so interesting. Who knew all the things involved in making Spanish sausage and chorizo. Alex, owner, took us through the steps and showed us all the equipment necessary to make the sausages. They are the supplier to many Spanish markets and restaurants all over Los Angeles and even export overseas. The lunch after the tour was wonderful. The paella was the star of it . Found a new wine I truly enjoy - Albarino. Highly recommend this tour
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Sonya S
"The reviews don't lie"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 19, 2018
I first discovered Melting Pot Tours through their excellent reviews and was really intrigued. My first tour was the Farmer's Market tour (which was amazing), and since then I've also done the Pasadena Tour and the LA ESPAÑOLA Meats Tour. The owners (sisters Lisa and Diane) are some of the best people you'll ever meet (almost wrote 'meat' after temporarily re-living that last tour in my memory). They're truly passionate about what they do, they always seem to draw a really friendly and interesting crowd, and the result is an experience that's both educational and delicious. I'd highly recommend paying a visit to Melting Pot Tours if you have family in town, for a team building event or just for fun. I actually went to the Farmer's Market Tour by myself and it was really easy to make friends with the other tour guests. So whether you're living in LA or just visiting, these tours will really help you "get to know the city through the food that's served here" (paraphrasing/quoting Diane).
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padutchmom
"Fun way to learn about and experience the LA Farmers Market"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 18, 2018
We had a great time. Thoroughly enjoyed our tour guide, Andrew. Also, learning about the market history, sampling some of the foods, and enjoying the different people in our group.
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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?
Yes.

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?
No.