Portland Walking Tours

New “Flavor Street” Food Cart Tour!

March 21st, 2012

Portland didn’t invent the food cart; we’ve just perfected it.

For countless months, our number one question after a tour – from locals and visitors alike – has been which are the best food carts to try out. We all have our personal favorites and we figured why not show them off personally. So…welcome to Flavor Street.

Starting May 1st, 2012, the tour takes place every Friday and Saturday beginning from inside the Mark Spencer Hotel in their lobby library at 1:00 p.m. The tour is approximately 2 hours and involve about a mile of walking (which is a great way to work off some of those calories!).

Click here for more information or to buy tickets.

Here’s the full news release that went on the wire this morning…

New Culinary Tour Strolls Down
“Flavor Street” for a Taste of
Portland’s Food Carts
Portland Walking Tours unveils tasty immersion into curbside cuisine

PORTLAND, Ore. – March 21, 2012 – Portland Walking Tours, already the city’s leading provider of fun and immersive excursions into Portland’s notable “locavore” cuisine culture, today announced the launch of its newest, most innovative tour, “Flavor Street.”

Flavor Street guides the curious food explorer to nibble, sip and taste the city’s best food carts, tasting trucks, and hidden kitchens dotting the cityscape. The two-hour walk features over a half-dozen samples of an incredible array of cuisines, ranging from unique local inventions to international delights and new takes on comfort food that change seasonally.

In addition to providing all of the tastings, the company’s “Resident Experts” (aka tour guides) relate fascinating stories, anecdotes and fun facts, such as:
* How to truly “eat like a local” with these mobile gourmet kitchens
* The difference between pods, carts, and trucks, and why Portland’s pod system works so well
* The amazing stories of the carts’ proprietors–from struggling immigrants to culinary school drop-outs to former 4-star restaurant chefs
* The history of the neighborhood and the nibbles
* Where to find the “deals on wheels” – how to eat the best and skip the rest.

“With over 700 food carts now operating in Portland, people increasingly ask us, ‘Which ones are best?’” says David Schargel, Chief Gastronaut of Portland Walking Tours. “Our Resident Experts were already immersed in the local ‘foodie’ scene due to their experience with our Epicurean Excursion and Chocolate Decadence tours, so Flavor Street is a natural next step for us.”

Offered at 1:00 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays year-round, the two-hour Flavor Street tour begins at the historic Mark Spencer hotel and is limited to intimate groups of 16 people per tour to preserve the flexible and personal nature of the walk. All the tastes are included in the $39.99 price per person. Private tours are available by arrangement.

About Portland Walking Tours
Portland Walking Tours, a division of Hometown Advantage, offers guided tours exploring Portland’s insider secrets, food, history, art and neighborhoods. In 2009 & 2010, rated higher by visitors on TripAdvisor than any other Portland attraction including Powell’s Books, the Rose, Chinese, & Japanese Gardens and every museum. The 24-hour information and ticketing line is 503-774-4522. Additional information and online ticketing are available at http://www.portlandwalkingtours.com.

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