We have compiled a listing of our most frequently asked questions.  Please take a moment to see if your question is answered below.

Contact us if you are still needing help.

Food Tours 101:

What types of foods can I expect on the tours?

Is it common to eat a meal prior to coming on a morning tour?

Are the samples the size of what grocery stores offer (small)?

What if I have a dietary restriction: Vegetarian, Vegan,  Allergies?

How will I keep hydrated on the tour?

 

Food Tours 201:

Are private tours an option? How do we book a private group tour?

Are gift certificates available?

 

The Nuts and Bolts of our LRFT Ticketing System

My food tour ticket includes what?

Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?

Do you allow refunds if I can’t make the tour?

Do you offer price breaks for children, seniors or special groups?

Do we do anything else but eat on the food tour?

Can one be too young or too old to participate on a tour?

 Are Food Tours for Everyone?

Do the tours have anything to offer a native Sacramentoen?

Are your tours appropriate for physically handicapped individuals?

Can we bring my pet Fido with me?

Do I need to be an athlete to complete the walking route?

Tour Logistics

Would I be bored if I took another one of your other food tours?

Do you ever change the food sample on a tour?

How do I dress for a food tour?

Do I still come if it is pouring down rain outside?

Is the tour route wheelchair and stroller friendly?

Where would I park if I were coming by car?

Will there be bathroom break opportunities?

Do we tip each restaurant we stop at?  How about our guide?

Can I take pictures during my tour experience?  How about video?

Do you allow tweeting and sharing on Facebook during the tour?

 

Answers


What types of food can I expect on the walking tour? On all of tours you will be tasting fresh, local-ingredient signature dishes made especially for our tour groups.  We try to map out different types of tastings; one savory, one spicy, one sweet….so that your palate will be experiencing a whole gastronomic experience….you can think of the tour as a progressive dining experience.  Our beverage selection could be a fresh fruit infused drink, a locally brewed ale, wine from a local vineyard or just refreshing ice water. For specific details on what is sampled, visit our tour-specific pages.
Please note: Food tastings are subject to change without notice.
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Is it common to eat a meal prior to arriving? One of our mottos is, “Come Hungry!”  Each one of our walking food tours includes at least 6 to 10 tastings of generous samples along the way. We don’t want you to walk away feeling stuffed, merely pleasurably satisfied.  A light breakfast should hold you over until the food tour launches and our eating fun begins!     Home


Are the samples the size of what grocery stores offer (small)?
We take pride in our sample sizes on our tours.  We feel it sets us apart from other food tour offerings.  You won’t find 1 oz. souffle cups or a sample so small you are not sure what you just put in your mouth!  Our chefs are passionate about what they make for our tour groups and if anything, we have to keep telling them to cut back on the amount they share with our participants!    Home


What if I have dietary restrictions? For all tours, please be sure and let us know if you (or anyone in your group) has a dietary restriction (e.g. vegetarian, nut allergy, lactose intolerant, etc.) or is pregnant (e.g. can’t drink alcohol, not comfortable with cheese or seafood, etc.) when you purchase your tickets. VEGAN and GLUTEN-FREE PARTICIPANTS may not be offered a tasting at each stop – depending on the stop and if the establishment has that type of food offering (such as a bakery stop).  We can’t guarantee a tasting for each stop with these dietary requests but will try to accommodate the best we can. If no advance notice is given prior to tour launch it is harder for our tour guides to make sure this request is accommodated.  We provide a pre-arrival questionnaire after the purchase to let us know what dietary restrictions you have. We will do our best to accommodate your needs with the advance notice. We can substitute age-appropriate non-alcoholic beverages.
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How will I keep hydrated on the tour?
Since we walk approximately 2 miles for each of our tours, hydration is important.  We have special beverages to accompany the food samples, such as locally brewed beer, award-winning wines, and fruit-infused specialty drinks; in addition, nearly all stops include ice water.  We recommend bringing along a water bottle so you can quench your thirst during route……mouths can get pretty dry with all the talking and laughing!  Our van tours offer complimentary beverages on the bus.   Home


Are private tours an option?  How do I book a private group tour?
Yes, private tours are available. More detailed information can be found under our navigation bar “tours”.  We offer many different types of private tour options, depending on your group’s needs.  We recommend booking your private group tour well in advance to make sure the date you are requesting is available.
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Are gift certificates available? Yes, Local Roots Food Tours gift certificates are available for purchase online! Please click on Gift Certificates and shop away! Gift Certificates make wonderful appreciation, birthday, anniversary and “just because” gifts….unique and very tasteful if we don’t mind saying so!  Have someone who’s hard to shop for on your Christmas list?  Look no further…..everyone LOVES to eat!
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My food tour ticket includes what?

  • All food and drink tastings from 5 to 8 stops
  • Local Roots Food Tours Participant Sheet
  • A trained food tour concierge leading the tour route

Farm Tour ticket includes what?

  • Transportation to and from meeting location
  • Trained guide who is knowledgeable about local area and farms
  • Gourmet lunch including beverage
  • Personal reusable shopping bag to take home

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Do I have to purchase tickets in advance? Yes, advance ticket purchase is required. Tours typically sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the date, time, and number of tickets you prefer, please book well in advance. Cash is not accepted. To check availability dates and buy tickets online, Check our calendar. To purchase tickets by phone, please call our home office at 1-800-407-8918.   Home


Do you allow refunds if I can’t make the tour?
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded or rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed on the tour. Our tours often sell out. No partial credits or rescheduling is allowed for partial attendance, no shows, or late arrivals. It is your responsibility to show up at the right location, on time. The tours depart promptly.     Home


Do you offer price breaks for children, seniors or special groups?
Yes we do. Please visit our website ticketing info to find out the price discount breakdown. We support and are very grateful for all the men and women who serve our country….as a token of our appreciation we offer all active duty and reservist military members a discount on their food tour ticket.  We offer children and senior discounts as well.     Home

When is a child required to have a purchased ticket on your tour?
If your child is 7 years of age or older, you will need to purchase a discounted ticket for him/her, regardless if he/she will be participating in the tastings.  Children younger than seven who are able to walk may not fare well on a 3 1/2 hour, 2.5 mile walking tour.  We love babies and if your child will remain in your arms or stroller/front pack during the tour, we do not require a ticket.  We might want to pinch a cheek or two, however! :)    Farm tours require each passenger to have a paid ticket to secure their seat.  Due to California Highway Patrol regulations, children who are older than infant (0-12 months old) can not sit on parent’s lap while bus is traveling so they will require a paid seat.  Home


Do we do anything else but eat on the food tour?
Our agenda is simple but strictly enforced:  EAT, WALK, TALK.   We repeat the process until we have finished our route.  You will not only taste locally made foods and beverages that will awaken your palate, but you will also learn about our locale with some fascinating history, cultural trivia and beautiful architecture in our historical neighborhood districts. We even surprise our locals with hidden spots and stories even they didn’t know about!    Home


Can one be too young or too old to participate in a tour?
Children are welcome on the tours, but please bear in mind that some children have a limited attention span and therefore a 3 hour tour may not be appropriate for them. Parents know their children best and should assess the situation individually. Since there is a lot of standing and walking, please consider this when deciding whether the tours are appropriate for your child.
If your child is 2 years of age or younger and will not be eating, you will not need to purchase a ticket for him/her. If your child is 7 years of age or older, you will need to purchase a discounted ticket for him/her, regardless if he/she will be eating.
Also, the tours require a certain level of physical stamina. We walk nearly 2.5 miles on our Origins of Sacramento Food & History Tour.  Our Gourmet on K Culinary Tour is less mileage – approximately 1.5 miles in distance.  Our Murphys Food & Wine Tour is flat with one incline hill with not much of a grade in steepness.  The Sacramento Food Tours are completely flat with wheelchair accessibility.
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Do the walking food tours have anything to offer a native Sacramenten?
Definitely! Many of our attendees live right here in Sacramento. Locals often join us to learn about the great food finds in our beautiful historical neighborhoods and mining towns that have been under their noses the entire time! The Sacramento region is brimming with lively tales and history that is sure to enlighten just about anyone.  This tour is a fantastic way to rediscover your own city and state!     Home


Are your tours appropriate for physically handicapped individuals?
Our tour is a walking tour; however, we can accommodate those requiring a wheelchair with a minimum of 3 days’ notice for our Sacramento tours only.  We also allow bicycle riders to follow us on our route for certain medical conditions.  We can arrange taxis or other transportation with prior notice.      Home


Can we bring our pet Fido with us? Sorry,  Fido will have to stay home on this walking food tour.  We do visit some wonderful dog friendly restaurants for your future return.  Our policy is no pets of any kind.     Home


Do I have to be an athlete to complete your walking tour route? No!  You should be able to walk a total of 2.5 miles at a leisurely pace.  Our frequent stops allow time to sit while enjoying the food.  Our Gourmet on K Culinary Tour is flat and the shortest route we offer.  Our Urban Art, Food & Libations Walking Tour is 2.5 miles and completely flat with many shade trees.  Our Murphys Food & Wine Tour is only 1.5 miles total, but the terrain is more hilly.  A shortcut route is available in Murphys for those who want to cut out the hill portion of the tour route.     Home


Would I be bored if I took another one of your food tours? Each of the tours we offer are special and different in many aspects; not just the food, but the historical perspectives, architecture, and culture all vary widely from tour to tour.  We cater to repeat customers who want multiple tour choices, each with its own distinct theme and personality.   Home


Do you ever change the food sample selection on your tours?
In order for our restaurants and shops to serve fresh ingredient menus, the dishes change seasonally and sometimes week to week.  We leave the selection up to our partnering chefs.  Repeat customers can come on our tours again and again and not have the same item twice!   Home


How do I dress for a food tour? The words are casual and comfortable.  Please wear shoes that will allow you to walk 2.5 miles in comfort so you can enjoy your food!  Jeans and sneakers are just fine.  You will be outside for most of the tour, so you may want to bring a jacket or sweater.     Home


Do I still come if it is pouring down rain outside? Due to our dynamic climate,  weather can suddenly impact our ability to hold a tour. We will continue a tour in light precipitation, however, if conditions are too poor to hold a tour, the owner will notify participants of cancellation and opportunity to reschedule.    Home


Is the tour route wheelchair and stroller friendly? Yes, Sacramento tours follow a flat path and wheelchair curb access for most areas. Please keep in mind; however, that our walking path will take us on an approximately 2.5 mile route with limited access to bathrooms in many areas.  Our Murphys Food & Wine Tour does have a few stairs on sidewalks; however, there are alternative routes.     Home


Where would I park if I were coming by car? Our meeting locations have several public parking options as well as metered parking available. Once your food tour ticketing is secured you will be given parking options and their locations in the particular city you are taking your tour in a confirmation email. Sacramento also provides a very convenient Light Rail System that stops at locations close to the starting spots. Our Murphys Food & Wine tour has many public parking options that are free to park.  All of the tours end at a location that is, at the most, a few blocks from where we started; guides can direct you back to your vehicle at the end of the tour.     Home


Will there be bathroom break opportunities? Yes, bathrooms are available throughout our tour routes and our guides allow time for breaks as needed.     Home


Do we tip each restaurant that we stop at?  How about our tour guide?
Our tour guides greatly appreciate gratuities given for excellent service.  The standard tip amount in the service industry is 15%; however this is optional.  Gratuities at our restaurant stops are included with your ticket price.
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Can I take photos to capture my food tour experience? How about video? Yes! We encourage participants to take photos during the tour and our guides love to be included in a group photo.  Video recording of more than a few short segments of the tour is not permitted.  If you plan to record part of a tour on video, kindly notify the tour guide in advance.     Home


Do you allow tweeting and sharing on Facebook during the tour?
Yes – we encourage it!  We are all about social networking and love it when we have live-action tweeting and posting going on.  Many fans post photos of the food and people they are interacting with as it happens.  Like us on our Facebook page and post away!     Home