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A food tour is a great way to show off the town when you have people visiting. But it can also be an opportunity to take a staycation and learn more about Oakland and Berkeley. 

Photo Credit: Edible Excursions

Some tours offer more history than others, but either way, it’s a great way to spend the day with friends, family or even a hot date.

Here are two of the best food tour companies serving the East Bay:

1. Local Food Adventures

Lauren McCabe Herpich started Local Food Adventures, which currently has five amazing tours around the Bay Area. Her three hour Grand Lake Cultural Cuisine Food Tour was recently named by National Geographic as the "how to go" activity when visiting Oakland, so it's definitely worth checking out! 

Back when I was invited to check out Lauren's food tours, we walked all over the neighborhood for about three hours, talking and snacking along the way. She also shared some interesting history, including how the land around the Claremont Hotel was acquired through a checkers game, how the neighborhood got its name and the origin of a well-known ice cream flavor. I learned a lot! 

Zachary's Pizzeria in Oakland Photo Credit: Christina Mitchell

2. Edible Excursions

Edible Excursions has been in the “Gourmet Ghetto” for years but recently expanded into Oakland.  I was invited to the media preview right before they started the Tasting Temescal tour.  

Beginning at the Farmer’s Market, it was basically three hours of getting to know each other and the neighborhood…doughnuts, iced coffee, grilled cheese, Korean food and on and on.  I was glad for the walk between all the tastes and both full and happy by the end.

Edible Excursions also offers an Uptown Food & Drinks tour, which sounds like fun.

Final Thoughts

With so many great food options in the East Bay, picking where to go can be overwhelming. Why not leave it to the experts and sign up for an incredible, local food tour?

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