Go behind the scenes in Chapel Hill and Carrboro where traditional and modern farm-to-table cuisine comes to life. From fine-dining restaurants to mom & pop shops, sample innovative and upscale dishes all sourced from local ingredients. Known for being on the forefront of the Slow Food movement and for restaurants that have redefined Southern cooking, Chapel Hill/ Carrboro is one of the best places in the country to live and eat!

The 11:00 Culinary Carrboro Market & Chapel Hill Tour is a Taste Carolina original from our launch in Spring, 2009. This tour ties local ingredients to the restaurants that use them and typically includes food at four different restaurants, substantial tastings with farmers and vendors at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, and a beer tasting. The 3:00 Culinary Carrboro & Chapel Hill Afternoon Tasting Tour includes visits to four to five different restaurants with a few drink pairings.

Schedules and menus are subject to change on a week-to-week basis based on restaurant availability. In general, the 11:00 tour is held during the spring and fall and the 3:00 during the winter and summer. However, we take requests, so please contact us to book a tour that you do not see online. Subject to availability.

Highlights include:

–The 40+ year old Carrboro Farmers’ Market. Talk with farmers and vendors who are passionate about the fruits of their labor, which you will sample in abundance. (11:00 tour)

–A tiny deli in funky Carrboro. Enjoy homemade pastrami at this New York Times favorite, and ours, too! (11:00 and 3:00 tours)

–A neighborhood gem that opens early just for the tour. Chat with chefs who are fixtures at the farmers’ market. Enjoy their seasonal creations. (11:00 and 3:00 tours)

–Incredible gourmet pizza with all local toppings and fantastic hospitality. Learn about the owners’ foodie accomplishments and taste their creations. (11:00 and 3:00 tours)

–A unique, farm-to-table Indian restaurant beloved in the community. It’s an adventurous treat! (11:00 and 3:00 tours)

–Our friend the pecan farmer’s soon-to-be-famous pecan pie. (11:00 tour)

–Local beer tastings at a Carrboro bottle shop. (11:00 and 3:00 tours)

–A fun and funky bread pudding dessert created just for the tour, paired with a cocktail. (3:00 tour)

–An exclusive coffee demonstration and tasting inside an internationally recognized coffee roastery featuring farmer direct coffee beans sourced from around the world. (private tours)

–Dressed up shrimp & grits hail from Chapel Hill! Taste the original recipe. (private tours)

–A beautiful Greek restaurant where everything is made from scratch. (private tours)

— An empanada and tequila bar? Yes please! (private tours)

To register for a tour: please click the Purchase Tickets! link at the top of the light blue bar to see the full lineup of tours or click the Book Now! buttons below for the particular tour listed.

Private and custom tours can be arranged for any day or night of the week for groups.

11:00 Culinary Carrboro Market & Chapel Hill Tour, $55 per person ($57 with service fee).

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3:00 Culinary Carrboro & Chapel Hill Afternoon Tasting Tour, $65 per person ($67 with service fee).

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Private and corporate tours are available any day or evening of the week.

The Purchase Tickets link in this box takes you to a list of Chapel Hill/ Carrboro tours.  In general, the 11:00 tour is offered during the spring and fall and the 3:00 during the winter and summer. However, we take requests so please contact us to book a tour that you do not see online. Subject to availability. The Purchase Tickets link at the top of the vertical blue bar takes you to a calendar that shows available dates and tickets for all tours in all cities.

Public parking in Carrboro is available in lots and along Roberson Street. The lot next to Open Eye Cafe is not ticketed (usually).

Meet in front of Open Eye Cafe, 101 S. Greensboro St., Carrboro, 15 minutes prior to your tour time.

Tours run rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Wear comfortable shoes; walking distance is 2 to 3 miles. Tour runs 3 to 3.5 hours.

Please don’t be late! Meet the group 15 minutes prior to your tour time so that we can arrive at the restaurants promptly.

Bring a government-issued ID if you plan on drinking alcohol.

Register in advance. If you are trying to register for a tour the morning of and registration has closed, please call (919) 237-2254 to check availability. Sorry, no exchanges or refunds. If we have to cancel the tour due to extreme weather, we will refund your money.