FAQ

Is there parking near the tour meeting point?

Yes, there is both private and public parking located near the meeting point of the tour.  Specific parking details are included in the meeting location directions after purchasing ticket(s) with location, pricing, and hours.

 

Are cameras allowed on the tour?

Yes. Cameras and filming are allowed during the tour. We strongly encourage participants to take photos during the tour (and hope you will share them with your friends).

 

Are bathrooms available during the tour?

Yes, bathrooms are available during the tour at selected food-tasting locations.

 

If I am bringing an infant/very young child, do I need to purchase a ticket for them?

If you are bringing an infant/very young child and they will not be participating in the tastings, you do not need to purchase a ticket for them. However, please do let us know if you will be attending with an infant or young child when you purchase tickets in the Notes section.

 

What happens if it rains?

The tours are held rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, we will be able to go inside many of the establishments on the tour. We also provide ponchos in case of sudden weather changes or if you do not have your own umbrella. However, we advise to check the weather conditions for your days event and dress appropriately.  In the case of severe storms all participants will be notified and can choose either a refund or a rain check.

 

Do we only walk around and sample food?

Absolutely not! Saratoga Springs Food Tours combines architectural commentary, history, local culture and culinary insight into a unique 2 1/2-hour experience. Imagine walking through Saratoga Springs eating our local artisans most delicious foods while learning all about the city’s fascinating history.

 

What types of foods are served on the tour?

You will enjoy cheese, olive oil, jams, yogurt, tapinade, bruschetta, salsa, cupcakes and a variety of other foods sometimes depending on the offerings of the food market vendors.

 

Does the tour end at the same place we meet?

No, Saratoga Springs Food Food Tours do not finish at the same location as the meeting point. However, detailed instructions are provided after ticket purchase with starting and ending point locations.  The end point is about 5 blocks from the start.

 

Are any beverages served on the tour?

We start our tours with a complementary bottle of Saratoga Spring Water to provide hydration during the tour.

 

Can I book a private group tour?

Yes, Saratoga Springs Food Private Group Tours are available for all tours offered. To set up or learn more, please visit our Private Group Tours page and submit a Private Group Tour Request Form. A member of Saratoga Springs Food staff will respond within 24 hours.

 

Are gift certificates available?

Yes,  Gift Certificates are available for all tours offered. To purchase or learn more about our gift certificates, please visit our Gift Certificates page and submit a Gift Certificates Request Form. A member of Saratoga Springs Food staff will respond with payment and further instructions.

 

Is the tour wheelchair and baby stroller accessible?

At the beginning of the tour we will be ascending a long staircase with about 50 steps.  There is a way around the steps but it will take about 10 minutes to go around the stairs.  So it is an inconvenience but it is certainly possible.  Please let us know so we can help with arrangement

 

What about taking children on the tour?

While we offer both adolescent and children tickets, the tour is 2 1/2 hours long and some children have a limited attention span and therefore the tour may not be appropriate for some of them. Parents, who know their children best, should assess the situation individually. Since there is a lot of standing and walking, please consider this when deciding whether the tour is appropriate for your child.

 

How much food is served on the food tour?

We serve enough food that for most participants, lunch afterwards is not necessary. With the combination of drink and food tastings combined with breaks for architectural, cultural, and historical insight, most participants are comfortably full after our food tours. Please understand our food tours are not intended to replace breakfast and lunch combined, so please consider eating breakfast before the tour.

 

Do I have to purchase tickets in advance? Can I pay cash?

Tickets are usually purchased in advance as they typically sell out  ahead of time. To maximize your chances of getting the day, time, and number of tickets you prefer, please book well in advance.

 

If a food tour is sold out, can I get on a waiting list?

We do not provide a waiting list. If a date and time is sold out, there is always a good chance that we will add an additional tour on that day. Please email us to let us know what date you are interested in if you do not see availability.

 

How much walking is involved? Is it a fast-paced tour?

Tours generally last approximately 2 1/2 hours and participants can expect to be standing or walking for a majority of the time. We walk at a moderate pace and also provide at least two resting locations for at least 45 minutes total. t.

 

Do your tours have anything to offer natives of Saratoga Springs?

A majority of our attendees live right here in the Capital area. Saratoga Springs locals partcipate to learn about the neighborhoods and the city in which they live in as well as take advantage of knowing the best specialty food store locations and local restaurants.

 

Does the tour leader accept gratuities?

Gratuities are greatly appreciated, although not mandatory.

 

What if I have dietary restrictions or allergies?

Please be sure and let us know if you (or anyone in your group) has a dietary restriction (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic, allergy, etc.) when you purchase your tickets. As long as we know in advance, we can accommodate your needs.

 

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