It’s Taste of Downtown Week in Harrisonburg, VA. Click here for more information on this awesome bi-annual event, and while we’re talking about food, let’s chat about an awesome food resource in our backyard…Rocktown Bites. Check out our guest blog post from Regina Hissong, one of the leading ladies behind Rocktown Bites. She crafted an excellent post that’s making me really stinking hungry.
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Food is a curious thing. It brings people together, nurtures the soul, entertains crowds, and fills the belly.
The ever increasing popularity of food tours capitalizes on food’s allure by allowing people to taste a variety of cuisines and have an inside look at new and different restaurants while offering several hours of fun. Rocktown Bites Downtown Food Tours walks people around the historic downtown district of Harrisonburg, Virginia to do just that.
We are entering our second year with some new specialty tours and can’t wait to start the spring season with the introduction of some new restaurants. Rocktown Bites is offering a tour March 15th entitled “Around the World in Rocktown,” which focuses on the more ethnic restaurants of Harrisonburg including Blue Nile, CubanBurger, and more. It’s a unique and interactive food tour that offers a look into the international fare available in our great town.
We will be back the first weekend in May to offer our regular weekly tours, where we take our guests around to dozens of other hot spots in downtown.
Our website (RocktownBites.com, which is also the place to go if you’d like to buy tickets) explains the Rocktown Bites experience as: “Starting each Saturday at 2 p.m. eat and drink your way through Harrisonburg, Virginia’s incredible array of independent downtown restaurants! The experience includes seven food stops where ticket holders will meet restauranteurs, chefs, and business owners that share their passion for their unique food and drink offerings. Tours are ideal for adults 21 years or older, since alcohol is paired with food at most locations, but food lovers of all ages are welcome.”
Hear about why Harrisonburg is becoming a culinary destination and why locals only have to walk a few blocks to be at a great place to dine!
With so many great eateries in Harrisonburg, planning diverse food tours is a creative outlet for food lovers like my fellow co-owners, Shami Gravatt and Erin Young, and me.
We work with local restaurants to showcase their seasonal specials and menu favorites.
Mike Comfort, manager at Clementine, enjoys surprising each tour with a different experience each time we bring our guests through the restaurant. We never know what to expect from Mike, but we know whatever he and the chef choose to highlight for the day our food tour patrons “Ohh and Ahh” as it comes out of the kitchen towards our designated table!
Jamie Woolf at the Capital Ale House also impresses visitors with flights of local beers, appetizers and a behind the scene tour of what they call “Beer Heaven,” where they house dozens of active beer taps.
Then there is Billy Jack’s Wing & Draft Shack where owner Aaron Ludwig tells of his childhood dream of opening a bar.
And there is Blue Nile’s story of their Ethiopian family’s cooking voyage that resulted in their restaurant downtown.
With tickets only costing $35 (unless you attend a specialty tour) Rocktown Bites Downtown Food Tours is a great Saturday outing this upcoming spring and summer. Tickets can be purchased online, but tour spaces are limited so be sure to book your spots at your earliest convenience. Ticket holders meet at the Hardesty Higgins House in Harrisonburg, Virginia (which has parking in the rear of the building).
Prepare for a tour that will leave you satiated for the day but inspired to try a new favorite some time in the near future!