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. We recommend 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 we interviewed Laura Noyes of Riverside Food Tours , which started in 2015, after being inspired by taking a food tour on a vacation. Like Taste of Troy Food Tours, Riverside Food Tours has a river that plays a key role in the history of the area. Walking tours like Riverside Food Tours allow food lovers to explore what the local restaurant scene has to offer while getting the back story on the city itself. Taste a specially-selected variety of foods local restaurants and boutique shops, and become acquainted with the unique history and culture of this city. I have added a new destination to my list of places to explore.
Tell us about yourself and Riverside Food Tours?
My name is Laura Noyes and my husband Mike and I created Riverside Food Tours. I had never even heard of a food tour until we took a trip to Newport Rhode Island last fall. As luck would have it, we booked a Rhode Island Red Food Tour owned by Paula Silva. I was so impressed that I knew immediately I wanted to create this experience in Cincinnati, OH. I probably drove Paula a little crazy with my relentless questions about how do I do this? She said the only place to learn is Chicago Food Tours Pro. Two weeks later we were in Chicago learning the ins and outs of the food tour business.
When did you start Riverside Food Tours?
Immediately after returning from Chicago in October, 2015, we selected a neighborhood in Covington Kentucky, Mainstrasse Village which was already a tourist destination.
Tell us about your city and what made you start a food tour there?
The closest major city, Cincinnati, Ohio is on the banks of the Ohio River. Downtown Cincinnati has a gorgeous view as well as revitalized neighborhoods with award winning restaurants and a new street car that links the neighborhoods. It has Major League teams like the Reds and the Bengals.
This will sound confusing, but three of our tours actually take place two minutes from Cincinnati on the other side of the Ohio River in Covington, Kentucky – hence our name: Riverside Food Tours. Covington is loaded with beautiful architecture, charming neighborhoods, diverse restaurants and walk-ability! Our other tour takes us across the river to Ohio where we visit restaurants along the new Cincinnati Streetcar route!
What makes Riverside Food Tours so different and unique?
Covington Kentucky is home to a totally restored German village called Mainstrasse Village. We walk through a living time capsule of tree lined, cobblestone streets filled with Italianate buildings, visit 100 foot tall Glockenspiel and the Goose Girl Fountain. Our Roebling Point Tour is situated at the base of the beautiful Roebling Suspension Bridge and adjacent to the Licking Riverside neighborhood – 1800’s millionaire’s row. Our newest tour is called Madison Avenue Around the World Tour. We visit 5 ethnic restaurants for an authentic foodie adventure!
What type of food do we get to try on Riverside Food Tours?
We tout our tours as a “Culinary Adventure”. We serve ample servings, so I cringe at the word “tastings”. We enjoy deep fried pretzels with homemade beer cheese, local craft beer, gourmet chili cheese dog topped with goetta a Greek inspired NY style pizza, enormous burgers, cheese boards, homemade seasonal desserts, Ethiopian coffee, various flavors of gourmet mac and cheese, authentic Irish bangers and mash, fried green tomatoes. Shepard’s pie, Scotish ale ~ just to name a few. The list goes on and on. No one goes home hungry!