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5 Reasons to Take a Food Tour in the 518 – Upstate New York’s Capital Region

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As travelers, there’s always an important question we ask ourselves before we head out on our trip: Where are the best places to eat? In 2021, we have several added questions. Which restaurants are still open? Which ones popped up in the past year? Which ones have outdoor dining? Tripadvisor and Yelp reviews may help you find the most (or least) popular spots, but it can be overwhelming to choose where to start. A great food tour can be the budget-friendly way to try a sampling of local eats, and get inspiration for what to explore next on your vacation as you learn about the places you pass along the way.  Food Tours can also be a great way to ease back into dining out with people outside your bubble.

In 2016, Taste of Troy Food Tours began with the tale of Troy, a history-rich city with its colleges and universities, famous residents (past and present), and delicious fare. In 2018, we opened our arms, and our bellies, to the neighboring city of Albany— just across the Hudson River to give travelers another taste of New York— that goes beyond the Big Apple .This year we have created a second tour route in Albany, that highlights some of the more eclectic tastes from a broad range of cultures.

Taste of Troy Food Tours proudly reopens in June of 2021 with the Central Troy Historic District Food Tour ,the Historic Downtown Albany Food Tour  and our newest tour E.A.T. (Eclectic Albany Tastes) Food Tour with plenty of stories and facts to weave the Capital Region’s history into its gastronomic present.

Here are 5 essential ingredients in our food tours’ recipe:

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1. You sample more local flavors at five-seven eateries in one day.

Any good food tour will incorporate a city’s hidden and historic highlights into every dish or drink you try. Whether you are a food tour–aficionado or its your first food tour, Taste of Troy Food Tours has a great experience mapped out for you. Here in the Capital Region, we are lucky because both Albany and Troy have rapidly expanding food and craft brewing scenes. Over the course of a 3-hour food tour, guests get to try anything from baked artisan goods, riffs on classic recipes, flights of craft brews, and a diverse range of tastes from a variety of countries . All tastings are included, which also makes it a budget-friendly way to try different foods and drinks to see what you like.

The Troy tour balances 3 restaurant tastes with 3 tastes from different vendors at the amazing year-round farmers’ market, a cornerstone of Troy’s food scene for 22 years; meanwhile the Historic Downtown Albany tour offers tastes from a recent transplant to the Western side of the Hudson to brewery and pubs in some of the oldest working buildings in Albany. Our newest Albany tour route, highlights Italian, Oaxaca cuisine, German, South Carolina, Caribbean, distilling and classic Upstate NY treats.

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2. You gain insights into the past and evolving history of Albany and Troy.

The dishes you try with us are more than just a progressive brunch or lunch; they are specifically chosen to tell the story of the Capitol Region’s evolving food scene. Along with a great view of the thriving food scene of these two small city gems, you’ll gain insight into some of the local favorite things to do, places to eat and spots to spend time in Albany and Troy.

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3.  You get to support local, small businesses.

Today, food franchises are recognizable the world over and, without the right local tips on where to eat, they can make one destination’s food scene indistinguishable from another. When you take a food tour, your money goes directly toward local eateries. It’s an opportunity to support local culinary talent and the city itself. You can expect the unexpected as you discover secret spots and local favorites!

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4. You get to go beyond the user reviews and guidebooks.

If you’ve never been to a destination, it’s likely you’re going to rely on the best-of lists to create an itinerary. We take it one step (and bite) further by explaining how these food and drink establishments made their claim to fame, while introducing you to the hometown heroes you would never have thought to visit on your trip. It’s about giving you the local’s take on all the great food that exists beyond New York City.

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5. You are treated like an honored guest from start to finish.

How lovely it is to be greeted and ushered through the busy hub of not one, but many thriving eateries. No reservations, no lines, no waiting: You get to bypass people waiting for a table and start your tasting right away. This is what one can look forward to as part of the Taste of Troy Food Tours experience. As you tour, you are a valued part of Troy and Albany’s culinary histories in the making! If you’d like to really feel like a high-roller, book a private tour! Our personalized, private tours are great ideas for birthday parties, bachelor(ette) parties, team-building, or just a fun day with friends.

Join us on a Taste of Troy Food Tour

When you next find yourself looking for things to do between May and October in Albany and/or Troy, carve out 3 hours and book a tour!! Troy tours are offered on Saturdays at 10 AM and in Albany tours are offered on Fridays at either 12:30 p.m. for the Historic Downtown Albany Food Tour or 1:00 p.m. for the E.A.T. (Eclectic Albany Tastes) Food Tour.