Downtown Albany food tours starting this spring

Quackenbush Square Albany 2016-October

The tours start at Quackenbush Square.

The organizer of the Taste of Troy Food Tours is starting up a "Historic Downtown Albany Food Tour" this spring. Blurbage:

Put on your walking shoes for an entertaining and delicious way to experience Albany. New York's Capital City for 320+ years, is undergoing a culinary and craft brewing boom. You'll sip and sample from restaurants that are spicing up Albany's food scene. Discover stunning architecture and cultural tidbits that will help you develop a fresh perspective on New York's capital city. Each Friday, we sprinkle in history, architecture and culture to kick off your weekend in the Capital District. ...
Our tour highlights 5 tastes from different local restaurants, some history of Albany, architectural accents and culture. Our tour lasts 3 hours and we walk about 1.5 miles, one slight climb up State St., with plenty of rests during our tastes.

The tours start in May. Tickets are on sale now -- they're $59 for adults / $39 for kids.

Tastes and Traditions
The new tours fit into a larger series organized by Discover Albany focused on food this year called "Tastes and Traditions." The recent -- and sold out -- Proost brewing/distilling history event at the Ten Broeck Mansion is one example.

Comments

I love walking food tours and hope this does well but 11:15 on Fridays has me wondering who the target market is for these?

I think this is a fun idea but I wish they had a better/more diverse restaurant selection. Pump Station is the worst - basic pub food not done particularly well. The only thing that is really unique on this tour is Ama Cocina. Why not add in an actually interesting unique walkable place like Yono's/DP? Or Olde English? Or Tanpopo? And really? Melts? You're showing visitors our special Albany-area grilled cheese? I just think there are more fun ways to to do it.

I've taken these and enjoyed them in other cities. It will be shocking for some to learn that this region is already a (small, underdeveloped) tourist site--- if we can embrace the fact that the Region can and does attract tourists...and not just during Track season, there is plenty of room and mucho dollars from tourism. (right now we basically ignore this sliver of the economy, and think of the Region as unworthy of outside interest--other than government and lobbyist)

The target audience is external tourists to the Capital District plus locals. There is a good chance that the tour time will be adjusted to 1 pm. That way working folks could take a later lunch and just a few hours off to start their weekend off in Downtown Albany. The partner vendor sites might also be tweaked with the change in time, but have you eaten grilled cheese at Capitol Melts (it takes a comfort food to whole new height!) Thank you all for your insights. Come be a tourist in your own backyard and take a tour, better yet bring some out of town guests with you and see your home in a new light! Have a delicious day!

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