In October of 2017, Tracy Reddick founded Downtown Decatur Food Tours. The food tour company provides guided food tastings and incorporates bits of local history. The tour makes several stops during the three hour time-frame and provides tantalizing tastings and authentic international cuisine. Downtown Decatur Food Tours is gaining more exposure one tour at a time. If you haven’t already be sure to book a tour and explore some of Decatur’s finest restaurants. You will discover why the locals love their city and discover some of the city’s hidden gems. You will enjoy awesome experiences that are fun, informative, and delicious. Stay connected and follow us on social media @FoodTourDecatur on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Champion Newspaper Covered Our Food Tour
Tasting Decatur —business samples city’s diverse restaurant scene
A Decatur businesswoman has latched on to what industry officials say is a new, but growing trend—food tourism.
According to an article recently published by Skift, a company that provides information to the global travel industry, “While cuisine has always been an important part of most travel experiences, the concept of traveling to a destination specifically for its [food and beverage] product is a relatively recent mainstream consumer trend.” The article quoted a 2013 report by Mandala Research indicating that U.S. leisure travelers who visit places to learn about and enjoy unique dining experiences grew from 40 percent to 51 percent between 2006 and 2013.
Tracy Reddick, this year founded Downtown Decatur Food Tours, a company that provides guided food tasting and cultural walking tours. “Decatur is perfect for this,” she said. “Even though the city is only four square miles, it has approximately 80 restaurants—many of them interesting, independent eateries that offer unusual food choices. It’s also a ‘foodie’ town. There are lots of people here who enjoy unique dining experiences.”
So far, Reddick’s customers have been Georgians interested in learning more about Decatur and its varied culinary offerings. “In time, I’m hoping people visiting the Atlanta area will learn about this tour and make it part of their vacation itineraries,” she said.
The Skift article reports, “This is big business. In 2012, it was estimated that tourism expenditures on food services in the U.S. topped $201 billion, nearly a quarter of all travel income. That makes food service the highest category of travel spending, according to the University of Florida report A Flash of Culinary Tourism.”
“I’ve always enjoyed good food, travel and history,” Reddick said. “This business allows me to combine those things.” She explained that her three-hour tour, which includes stops at three restaurants, also includes visits to unusual Decatur shops and places of historical interest.
Some stops between restaurants are at food-related shops. “There’s a shop that sells infused olive oil and vinegar. I would never have imagined so many flavors and varieties of olive oil and vinegar are available,” commented Reddick, who said participants play a game in which they try to be the first to spot a feature she has told them is coming up. “They really enjoy the game.”
We’ve had such awesome feedback during our first few months of business we wanted to say thank you! In the spirit of the New Year, we are offering a great discount that you’ll definitely want to take advantage of. We are offering our next few weekend tours at a discounted rate of $50.00. You read that right!
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