Note: While my tour was complimentary, all opinions are my own and reflect my personal experience. Special thanks to Celebrate Food Tours!
Let’s talk about food tours! How many of you here love trying new food especially in a new city or country but don’t know where to start? You want the local, authentic food experience but just don’t know where to find them! As much as I love travelling, one of the challenging parts for me is finding a good place to eat where I can get a taste of the real flavors of the local cuisine which are unfortunately not found easily in touristy areas. For anyone who is planning a visit to Walt Disney World and is looking for some great restaurant options in the area where the locals go, then I highly recommend taking a Celebrate Food Tours. Keep on reading for a full review on Celebrate Food tours in Orlando.
The tours conveniently take place in Celebration, Florida and last about 2 and a half hours on Saturdays at 11:30 AM. The groups are small with about 10-12 people, perfect for families, couples or any foodies out there. Private tours are available also, check out the website for more details here.
Celebrate Food Tours Review
The tour began at Columbia Restaurant. From the moment you walk in, it feels like you have been transported to somewhere in Spain! There is a gift shop that sells some unique pieces on the left side of the entrance. The original Columbia restaurant was founded in 1905 by a Cuban immigrant in Tampa and it is the oldest restaurant in Florida. Enjoy some amazing Cuban and Spanish food here and stop in Friday or Saturday nights after 8:00 PM for some live music! Click here to see their menu.
Second stop was Celebration Town Tavern. We tasted a delicious New England style- chowder and some Guinness beer. The chowder was thick and creamy which included chunks of potatoes, onions, and celery, definitely one of the best in town. Click here to check out the Tavern’s website.
Third stop was Bohemian Hotel at Celebration. The elegant restaurant was located inside this boutique hotel decorated to create an effortless Florida-chic atmosphere. We got to sit down and try some delicious beef empanadas. Click here to check out this beautiful hotel and how to visit the restaurant.
After all the food came drinks as stop number four. We arrived at Imperium Food and Wine to get a tasting of their most popular white wine. Imperium was recently voted as one of Orlando’s favorite wine bar. With it’s casual atmosphere and an extensive wine selection from all over the world, I can definitely see why it is a crowd favorite! Imagine sipping a glass of your favorite white wine at the outdoor patio on a gorgeous, sunny day in Florida! Check the food and wine selection offered here.
Last stop was the sweetest, literally! We headed to Kilwins Ice Cream after a quick stroll around the town to finish the tour. This place was definitely busy and I can definitely understand why. They offer a wide selection of ice creams and other sweet treats such as caramel coated apple and fudge, guaranteed to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. You can also pick up some pre- packed treats as gifts. Click here to visit their website.
Overall, I had a great experience during my food tour. Keith was a fantastic host, knowledgeable of the area and made everyone feel at ease. I tend to shy away from group activities, however, I had a good time and got to mingle with the others in the group. The group goes at a steady pace which makes it a perfect fit for people of all ages and vegetarian options are available upon request.
Even though you do not spend a lot of time outdoors, I would recommend carrying a bottle of water and some protection from the brutal Florida sunshine. Make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and enjoy your time!