From artisan chocolate to fresh local cheese, San Francisco’s historic Ferry Building showcases a variety of explosive flavors worth experiencing. This vibrant hub for small local food businesses offers an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy diverse San Francisco’s food landscape all in one place. On this 3 hour San Francisco food tour we’ll discover everything this market has to offer through tasting, talking, and exploring. In the company of a local chef, we’ll discuss the history of the slow food movement in California, explore how today's tech boom is influencing food, and taste some of California’s best cuisine. We’ll also get a chance to explore the local farmers market just steps away from the Ferry Building.
San Francisco Food Tour
Our San Francisco food tour begins at the Ferry Building, where our docent will introduce this iconic structure to the group and the changes it has seen since it opened in 1898. As we discuss the history and evolution of the building, we may well be munching on a small pastry or grilled cheese, picked with the help of our docent. We will sit and absorb both the harbor views and the history of the site we are on. As we wash down our tasty treat with a cup of coffee from Blue Bottle, our docent will have set the stage for general themes of the walk, from food standardization to the farm to table movement. We may well walk towards the northern part of the market, as we begin our discussion on the unique nature of the San Francisco food market and the food system that is currently in place. What is California cuisine and how is it playing out today in San Francisco? Our docent will try to dig deep into this phenomenon.
From Slow Food to the Tech Revolution
As our path continues through the market, our conversation may naturally turn to discuss slow food and its importance as we pass by stalls who partake in this field of cuisine. Purposely meandering, our docent will select a range of local products reflecting this and other movements for our group to taste. Carefully selecting products for our tastings, we may well discuss wholesale vs. farmers markets and the topic of seasonality in San Francisco. Our path may lead us to tuck into an empanada or trying out some local olive oils as we discuss the tech revolution that has so influenced the world, more specifically the food world in San Francisco.
Mushroom Jerky and Foraging
As we head to the southern section of the market, we’ll peruse offerings like mushroom jerky, an array of olive oils and some small chocolates. We’ll also pop into our favorite cheese shop, where the owner may even be able to dispense personal cheese wisdom as we test of some local cheeses. The conversation may turn to the emergence of foraging in California as we pass a foraging shop. Is this the next stage of ‘from farm to table’? Our docent will continue the discussion about agriculture, sustainability and the current state of the local food scene as we finish munching on our San Franciscan spoils.
Looking for some nearby art? Try our SFMOMA Tour
, which explores its impressive contemporary and modern collection in-depth. Interested in the architecture of the Ferry Building? We suggest our San Francisco Architecture Tour
At the end of our time together, we will emerge with a fuller stomach and a greater understanding of the food scene in San Francisco. We will cover a range of topics, from sustainability to foraging to wholesale and will leave (perhaps) with a greater awareness of the complex world that is the food business. We may even have picked up some delicious oils or cheeses to take away for the remainder of our stay, or beyond.
Does this walk take place outside? What if it is raining?
The majority of this walk takes place indoors so we shouldn’t get too wet although there are points outside. If it is raining, please bring an umbrella and sensible shoes. Our walks happen rain or shine.
Where does this walk begin and end?
The walk meets at the Ferry Building and similarly ends in the same place. Your docent can point you in the right direction of your next destination if needed.
I have dietary requirements - can I let you know in advance?
Absolutely, please let us know in advance so our docent is aware and can make other arrangements.
Will I have to pay on the day for tastings?
We have factored in a budget per person for a range of tastings which adds to $30. If you’d like to buy additional products to take away with you after this budget is reached, you will have to cover these costs.