Do you have a hunger for adventure? Do you have a love for all things historical, cultural or just plain tasty? If so, then the Downtown Dish Huntsville food tour is for you.
This week we got one of the tour’s founders, Heather Waye, to dish about what makes this food tour so special.
(Q)Tell us about Downtown Dish. What can folks expect?
(A) The Downtown Dish Huntsville Food Tour is a three-hour cultural experience. We explore, teach a little history, and most importantly, taste the highlights of downtown. We hope this experience will encourage people to return and feel confident to continue their own discovery of the downtown area. It is a great way to get an intimate look at the “mom and pop” shops, get familiar with the neighborhood, and try out a few restaurants all in a single afternoon.
(Q) Where did the idea come from? How did you get started?
(A) My husband Chris and I visited Knoxville last year and found a food tour through Trip Advisor. We had never heard of anything like that, but a walking tour, filled with culture, stories, and food tastings sounded like fun to us - and it was. During the tour, we knew it was something we wanted to bring to Huntsville. We attended classes in Chicago, (a food tour paradise), and got started developing the Huntsville tour this summer.
(Q) Food and Huntsville history in one tour. What could be better! What will a visitor to the Rocket City get out of the Downtown Dish?
(A) Our visitors will get to experience the area on foot, which is the best way to explore. Our guide will deliver interesting facts about the history of Huntsville along with the stories behind the foods they will enjoy. Huntsville has always been a remarkable place, and is home to some remarkable people. Hopefully, a native or visitor will finish the tour feeling a greater connection to the city because they have discovered things they might not have known before.
(Q) Give us some professional tips for making the most out of the Downtown Dish Tour.
(A) #1: Be adventurous, and try all of the foods! Much has gone into choosing the tastings at each of our stops. We tried many dishes, took a lot of notes, and made some tough decisions. One goal of a food tour is to expand your culinary horizon.
#2: Get to know the other participants and have fun with them. Our group is made up of experience-minded people. They like to try new things and love to meet others who have the same approach to life.
(Q) What else should folks know that we’ve missed?
(A) Some might feel intimidated by a 3 hour walking tour, but we have lots of stops along the way and the total route is only 1.1 miles.
When she’s not showcasing downtown Huntsville’s dining scene, Heather Waye is a mother and homeschool teacher to her two youngest children. A Madison County native, she received her Bachelor’s in Spanish and Foreign Relations from the University of Alabama-Huntsville. You can contact Heather or receive more information about the Downtown Dish food tour by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 800-656-0713.