About the Tours

COVID 19 UPDATE: Due to the ongoing pandemic, we have adjusted our tours to accommodate the required restrictions. We are currently offering limited capacity tours throughout the week. Please refer to our booking calendar under “Buy Tickets” for available dates and times. Thank you!

Asheville Food Tours offers several distinct tours, every day of the week, featuring the local Asheville food scene. Each tour has a maximum number of participants so that we can keep our tours as personal and intimate an experience as possible.

On our tours you will not only have a chance to experience the finest artisan gourmet food, you will also have the opportunity to meet chefs and store owners, many of whom have pioneered the revitalization of Asheville’s downtown area to make it the historic urban habitat that it is today. So be sure to join us soon to sample what these remarkable people provide for the Asheville community everyday.


The Downtown Tour

Offered on Monday through Friday

Experience the Original Asheville Downtown Food Tour. Each tour will visit six to seven handpicked downtown restaurants and  food shops, offering a wide variety of food tastings from artful ethnic appetizers washed down with a splash of pinot to hand crafted sizzling delights. You quickly realize that Asheville is a proud and local economy and each business embraces this “keep Asheville local” movement. Asheville offers homegrown embellishments along with its modern exploration into spicy multi-cultural riches. With its strong roots in Southern heritage, Asheville has branched into a cosmopolitan Mecca of abundant food choices from all around the world, which we Asheville food enthusiasts are eager to share with our community and visitors.

Brunch Tour

Offered on Saturdays 

This seasonal offering is a great way to start the day.  Experience delicious foods, enjoy brunch cocktails, and  survey the unique architecture that make downtown Asheville spectacular.  This Saturday tour, which begins at 10:30 am, features 4 restaurant stops with drinks at every stop, plus 2 sweet stops.  Come hungry and finish with time for other Asheville activities.

Food Fan Foot Tour

Offered on select Mondays & Thursdays

Experience downtown Asheville’s food scene with the #1 local food writer and online food personality, Stu Helm, aka “The Food Fan” as your guide. Stu will take you to his personal favorites, while pointing out other eateries along the way, answering questions, and telling stories. Whether he’s writing, podcasting, or leading a food tour, Stu’s knowledge & enthusiasm for our local restaurants is unmatched!

To learn more about Stu Helm, visit: https://stuhelmfoodfan.com

Food & Dispensary Tour

Offered on select Tuesdays from 4:00pm – 7:00pm

If you have questions about the local dispensaries, and all of the products they offer, from CBD, CBG, Delta 8, 9 & 10, and now something called THC-O, this tour is for you. You will visit up to 5 dispensaries, gaining knowledge and trying samples along the way, as well as stopping into up to 3 restaurants, to fill up on yummy food and discuss what we’ve learned! A fun tour of downtown Asheville that focusses on education, with munchies! 21+ ONLY

Night Tour

Offered on Wednesdays 4:00pm – 7:30pm

Explore downtown Asheville’s food scene by night with Stu Helm! An intimate tour, capped at a maximum of 8 patrons, Night Tours include dinner, drinks, conversation, insider knowledge, and look at Asheville through a local’s eyes.  Small plates and other samples at 6 stops, this tour is always changing, and always special! Downtown Asheville at night is spectacular all year round, and so is the food! This tour is perfect for locals, especially those who may not have ventured downtown in a while, or feel overwhelmed by Asheville’s ever-growing food scene! 21+ ONLY

All Tours Include

All food and beverage tastings

Discount Passport to merchants

Seasonal take-home menus

Enough food to make a meal for most

And Please Remember

Each tour is a minimum of 3 hours long

Click Here to learn where to meet the tour

Tours are held rain or shine

Wear comfortable shoes and clothing

There will be stairs to climb and sidewalk inclines without handrails

We are unable to accommodate dietary restrictions, allergies, or preferences.

Each tour is distinctively different

Remember the Asheville Food Tours Passport for return dining and shopping

A portion of each ticket sale is returned to local food related charities

Private tours are available year round. Please contact us at 828-243-7401 or info@ashevillefoodtours.com for availability.
Tours scheduled between December and March are contingent upon a minimum of four reservations. If the minimum number of reservations are not made the tour will be canceled and all tickets purchased will be refunded.