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Tasting Kauai, Lihue

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Tasting Kauai offers three food tours that explore the North Shore, South Shore and East Side. All tours include tastings with some serious fun in Kauai’s most delicious and beautiful neighborhoods.

Suitable for all age groups and fitness levels, you’ll enjoy delectable foods from one-of-a-kind specialty food stores, famous local restaurants and food trucks while receiving an insider’s view into the culture and history that defines the Garden Island. Walk away with new culinary perspectives, big smiles, satisfied taste buds and the confidence to explore new flavors.

All tours:

are a great way to learn about local purveyors and chefs

a fun way to sample a variety of local foods

introduce you to some of Kauai’s best chefs, farmers and restaurant owners

the best way to start a trip for an introduction to local cuisine

include a variety of stops with different foods to taste and enjoy

provide generous tastings, enough to cover lunch and dinner

change based on seasons and availability

Guides, Marta and Daniel Lane, are steeped in the local food scene. Marta is an author and freelance food writer and Daniel is one of Kauai’s top freelance food photographers. Since 2010, they have been to more than 90 farms on Kauai and have contributed hundreds of articles to regional and national publications. In 2013, the couple published "Tasting Kauai - Restaurants: An Insider's Guide to Eating Well on the Garden Island" which is available as an app for smartphones and tablets. Many guests turn their paperback (available for purchase on Amazom.com and during the food tours) into a keepsake by bringing it on tour and having chefs and farmers sign it.

Tasting Kauai humbly donates a portion of proceeds from book and tour sales to the Hawaii Food Bank – Kauai Branch.

Tasting Kauai Food Tour - North Shore, every Tuesday from 1:15 to 5:15 p.m.

Hop in your car and follow us on a tasting adventure through Kauai’s lush North Shore. We’ll experience out-of-the way establishments, taste products made with canoe crops and exotic fruit, sample Hawaiian food, learn about Tiki cocktail culture, meet chefs … and more. This food tour is centered around the beauty and creativity of the North Shore.

Highlights

Six tastings plus a tiki cocktail (or mocktail)

Nosh on Hawaii’s iconic food, including kalua pork and poi grown and made by a 6 generation family farm

Meet a Food Network contestant and taste her tropical pies

Learn about and taste canoe crops such as taro, breadfruit, purple sweet potatoes and coconut

Tasting Kauai Food Tour - South Shore, every Wednesday from 12:45 to 4:45 p.m.

Follow us in the comfort of your own car and sample the sights, flavors and culture of Kauai’s sunny South Shore. The stops on this tour are a celebration of food inspired by Hawaii’s diverse cultures.

Highlights

Six tastings with owner interaction, insider access and more!

Enjoy award-winning sushi and molecular gastronomy

Sample tropical fruit made into jams, bowls, gelato and pastries

Uncover the best vendors at a gourmet farmers market

Tasting Kauai Food Tour - East Side, every Thursday from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Hop in your car and follow us on a tasting adventure through the East Side of Kauai, known as the Royal Coconut Coast. Take a short stroll down an old plantation road and learn about taro farming; sample burgers with a local twist and enjoy tastings at some of the East Side’s best farm-to-table restaurants. This unique food tour is centered on the regional cuisine of Hawaii, where the host community lives, eats and plays.

Highlights

Five tastings plus a farm tour

Meet a passionate farmer with a doctorate and learn about Hawaiian culture and plantation history

Discover farm-to-table food and unique history of the East Side

Private tastings with some of the East Side’s best chefs, including regional legend Jean Marie Josselin

Custom and private group tours available for:

• Team Building Functions

• Corporate Events

• Large Friend Outings

• Family Gatherings

• New Employee or Intern Events

• Networking Groups

• Birthday Celebrations

• Singles / Ladies Groups

• Weekday Group Activity

• Culinary & Cooking Groups

• Bachelor & Bachelorette Wedding Parties

• Social and Happy Hour Events

• Bridal or Baby Showers

• Wedding Anniversary Party

Holiday Party

• College Seminar and Groups

Benefits of a private group tour:

• Private and exclusive experience limited to your group members only

• Outstanding tour guides in limited group sizes to maximize time and interactions

• Easily accommodate typical private group tour size (10-20 guests)

• Excellent and fun team-building event for any business and employees

• Memorable outing and activity for family, friends, girlfriends or travel groups

• Option to customize length, start times, distance and number of tasting locations

Private tour client list includes:

PepsiCo.

Nutra Blend

Larry H. Miller Group

RCC Principal Financial Group

MC&A Hawaii

Island Partners Hawaii

Koncept Events

Martin's Travel and Tours LA

The Shidler Group

Travel Place Plus

AlliedPRA Hawaii

New World Travel

The World Residencies at Sea
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  • Very poor value for the cost. We paid almost $200 for 2 people for the South Tour. We were told the South tour was a “foodie” tour. We felt so ripped off that we went back and found the prices for... 
    Very poor value for the cost. We paid almost $200 for 2 people for the South Tour. We were told the South tour was a “foodie” tour. We felt so ripped off that we went back and found the prices for...  more »
  • Having been to Kauai before, we decided to try something a bit different by going on this food tour. We did the East Side tour with Susan and we had such a wonderful day. Being able to visit each... 
    Having been to Kauai before, we decided to try something a bit different by going on this food tour. We did the East Side tour with Susan and we had such a wonderful day. Being able to visit each...  more »
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  • We had a party of four in our group, and only two more people in the tour, so 6 total. Susan was our hostess, and she was fabulous! We went to multiple different places and tried very unique local foods that we never would have sought out if we had not been in the tour! She told us the history of the town and restaurants, and was very knowledgeable about beaches, dining, music, and activities throughout the island... I would highly recommend! We will do the tour again next time we visit. You will not leave hungry either...good portions!
  • We loved our Hanalei walking food tour! Susan was amazing and we learned about not only great local restaurants in Hanalei, but we found great spots all over the island! We would absolutely recommend any Tasting Kaua'i tour!

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