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SPOTLIGHT ON FOOD TOURS AROUND THE WORLD: Moveable Feasts, Asheville NC

Posted on December 11, 2016 |

Food Tours are the best way to truly immerse in any city. You get food, history, and fascinating stories all combined to make one unforgettable experience. My first official food tour was in Asheville, NC, where my son was attending Warren Wilson College. Since that visit, I have started Taste of Troy Food Tours and have been on more than 16 food tours around the world. Next time I visit beautiful Asheville, NC, I will definitely sign up for Moveable Feasts Downtown Lunch Tour. Taste of Troy Food Tours recommends taking a food tour anywhere you go. You’ll learn a lot about the city, while filling your stomach with some of the best eats only locals would know about. Taste of Troy Food Tours is very fortunate to have a lot of friends in the food tour business. This week I got to speak with Jean Smith, who just launched Moveable Feasts Food & Culture Tours this September.

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Tell us about yourself and your food tour.

My name is Jean and I have called Asheville my home for about a decade now. For the past 10 years I have been a high school English teacher. I also write for, edit, and publish a local, independent Food and Culture Magazine called (hilariously) The Talismanic Potato; profits from the sale of this magazine go to help support local food-based charities in my community. I have two small kids who keep me busy and an ancient beagle named Helmet who sleeps all day and steals whatever food scraps he can.

I fell in love with Asheville when I was a teenager; I grew up about an hour away and Asheville was the cool, culturally-hip place my buddies and I longed for so we roadtripped here whenever possible. I moved all around during my 20s (Oberlin, Buenos Aires, Brooklyn, Portland) and eventually settled here in this creative, artsy little mountain town with an INCREDIBLE food scene. And beer scene – don’t forget the craft beer!!

Moveable Feasts Downtown Food and Culture Tour is special because it is designed as an off-the-beaten path tour; we take you to places that locals love which are not necessarily the places you read about when planning your trip. On this tour you get an eclectic sampling of some excellent food and drinks as well as historical and cultural tidbits that will entertain you. All of our partners are committed to business practices that make the Asheville restaurant scene so wonderful: buying local when possible, supporting family farms and cooperatives, and investing in the community that we love.

Tell us about Asheville and what made you want to start a food tour there.

Asheville has many nicknames: The Paris of the South (because of the beautiful Art Deco architecture), Beer City USA (because of the amazing craft beer scene), Freak Capital of the World (because of our eccentric street performers), Happiest City in America (because it feels so good to live here!) The Guardian just wrote an article (12/6/2016) titled “Artsy Asheville Tops List of Must-Visit US Destinations in 2017.” Earlier this year, National Geographic Traveler listed Asheville as one of the top 15 places in the world to “treat your taste buds.” So really, starting this food tour was a no-brainer! Asheville’s food scene is deep in the Buy Local movement. Our partners are committed to using sustainable business practices that enrich our community and foster strong relationships to food and to one another.

What makes your food tour different and unique?

Moveable Feasts seeks to give our clients a unique perspective on Asheville. As we eat our way through this foodie destination, we weave stories about Asheville’s past, its historical settings (beyond the exquisite Biltmore Estate), its people, and its ambition that has turned it into its coveted spot as a Top Destination for travelers. We also get special VIP treatment around town (access to restaurants that are normally closed during the lunch hour) and our clients get exclusive coupons to use at our partner restaurants and specialty shops.

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What type of food do we get to try?

There’s a little something for everyone! On the Downtown Lunch tour you will get to try: the best pad thai in Western North Carolina (or anywhere, we think), gourmet hot dogs with local condiments, micro-brewed Japanese sake, incredible breads and spreads (like a laminated baguette or a cruffin!), artisanal chocolate treats, herbal teas, small-batch bitters, local craft beers, fancified bacon! And more! We constantly get additional treats for our clients depending on the whims and fancies of our local area chefs and partners. A list of our partners can be found on our website and we look forward to having you on a tour so that we can celebrate this wonderful place by enjoying some of its greatest gifts.

Love. Asheville. Food.

Book a warm weather break in December and save!  www.moveablefeastsfoodtours.com contact@moveablefeastsfoodtours.com  Check them out on: Facebook Instagram TripAdvisor  Tell them their fellow food tour friend Taste of Troy Food Tours sent ya!

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