Farmers Market Food & History Tour in Los Angeles, CA

Melting Pot Food Tours6333 W 3rd StreetLos Angeles, CA 90036
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Tour artisanal butchers, bakers, cheese makers, and other famed culinary masterpieces at the Original Farmer’s Market in LA. Your taste buds will thank you as you embark on a 2.5-hour tour filled with tantalizing tastes, scents, and cuisines. You’ll sample everything from handmade candy to pizza while you learn about the market’s rich history. Prepare yourself for a culinary tour unlike any other!


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Farmers Market Food & History Tour with Melting Pot Food Tours winds its way through the landmark Original Farmers Market and incorporates both generous tastings along with an insider’s perspective on the Market, its history and its diverse long-time merchants and tastemakers. Tastes range from L.A.’s highest-rated doughnuts to pizza from L.A.’s first pizzeria, authentic Brazilian barbecue to Spanish gazpacho, Cajun jambalaya and more. Perfect for individuals and groups who desire a guided culinary experience at L.A.’s first and foremost foodie destination!

Duration: 2.5 hours with 9 tastings
Walking distance: 1/8 mile walk

Here's what to expect:
• Ethnic eateries (French, Middle Eastern, Indonesian)
• Gourmet grocery store
• Fresh produce stand
• Donut shop rated one of the best in the county by USA Today
• Handmade candy kitchen
• L.A.’s first pizzeria

Not included: Parking costs not included. Coffee and/or water is served along the way, but it is recommended you bring your own bottle of water, especially if it is a warm day.

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Laguna Niguel, California
"Great tour by Lisa"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 04, 2018
As a native Angeleno myself, I was so impressed with Lisa’s knowledge of Farmer’s Market. Such fascinating info and yummy food. My six friends and I had a blast. I would recommend this tour to anyone who loves hometown history and eating. Thank you, Lisa and Melting Pot Tours. Looking forward to the Old Pasadena tour with Kathy.
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Huntington Beach, California
"East LA Latin Flavors"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 26, 2018
Excellent food. And the guides were fantastic. They had many fun facts about the places we visited as well as the area of LA we were touring.
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Susan A
Encino, CA
"Behind the scene tour of La Espanola Meats, a manufacturing plant where they make outstanding traditional Spanish charcu"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 24, 2018
My friend an I thoroughly enjoyed this tour and lunch in the patio that included tapas, paella, wine & dessert as well as soft drinks and water. We were also able to bring our own olive oil bottles to be filled, and we were able to shop for Spanish foods & products. The owner of La Espanola Meats was very interesting and personable.
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Cheryl K
"La Espanola - Harbor City"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 23, 2018
Excellent tour of meat processing facility, followed by delicious lunch of authentic Spanish food & option to shop in unique market. Many products imported from Europe. Alex of La Espanola & Diane from Melting Pot Food Tours are personable and customer service oriented.
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"Old Pasadena Melting Pot Food Tours"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 18, 2018
This all started with three childhood friends wanting to get together for a fun weekend. We found out about the tour through Westways magazine. OMG, if you want an eclectic and fun adventure, look no further! Barbara, our tour guide, was phenomenal in every way. She was very welcoming and made the tour very enjoyable and a whole lot of fun! Her knowledge of Old Pasadena history was very extensive, as well as her detailed knowledge about each business we visited. We loved the tour's focus on and support of small, independent, family-owned businesses. Besides the great restaurants, the tour also featured shops specailizing in: wine, soapmaking, tea, handmade ice cream, and olive oil and vinegar. The food portions were very generous and discounts were offered at most of the shops. I can't say enough good things about this tour. We'll definately be spreading the word! Thank you Barbara for helping three lifelong friends create some special memories--you rock! (lol).
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Frequently Asked Questions about Farmers Market Food and History Tour

Are food samples included in the tour?
Of course! Guests enjoy 9 food tastings from various vendors and cuisines.

How long is the tour?
The tour is approximately 2.5 hours long.

How much walking is involved?
Guests walk approximately 1/8th of a mile.

Is parking included in the tour cost?
No. Parking is not included in tour admission costs. Parking validation is only available for Farmer’s Market parking lots.

Is gratuity included in my tour price?
No. However, gratuity is greatly appreciated, especially if you had an excellent tour.

What should I bring on the tour?
We recommend that guests bring a bottle of water along for the tour and dress appropriately for the weather forecast. Plus, don’t forget sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat on hot, summer days.

Where do I meet for the tour?
Exact meeting details are provided on your e-Ticket. The Original Farmer’s Market is located at W. 3rd Street & Fairfax Avenue.

Do I need to purchase a ticket for my child?
Infants or young children under the age of 5 do not need tickets if they will not be participating in the food tastings. Children ages 5-12 or those participating in the tastings require a child’s ticket offered at a reduced price.

Is the tour wheelchair or stroller accessible?

Will the tour still depart in the rain?
Tours depart rain or shine. In the case of extreme weather, guests will be contacted and given the chance to reschedule.

I have dietary allergies or restrictions. Can I still participate in the tour?
You are able to specify dietary restrictions and food allergies when you book your tickets. Please be as specific as possible, so we can accommodate your needs. If we do not find out about dietary restrictions until the day of the tour, however, it is not possible for us to accommodate them.

Is alcohol served during the tour?