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elements. They see the mountains mimicked in the
Taubman's roofline. It's an ideal mid-way stop for both
story-telling and digestion before continuing on to the
second half of the tour.
After several hours and all seven stops, the tour ends
at the top of Center in the Square. From here, guests
can trace their food path start to finish. They also take
in expansive views of the valley and reminisce on all
they've just experienced. It's the perfect way to end an
immersive food and culture experience.
In every society around the world, food does more
than act as sustenance for the body. Food tells the story
of a people and their place. It captures our imaginations
even as it nourishes our communities. Tour Roanoke
understands this. Through their Historic Food and
Culture Tour, they offer Roanokers a beautiful love
story of our home town. I

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When: Most Saturdays
Time: 11 a.m. Tour begins at Hotel Roanoke
Length: Three hours
Tickets: Online at roanokefoodtours.com

ABOVE, FROM LEFT:
Meat pie and tabula
at Cedars, mixology at
Stellina and cheesys at
the Tavern; Tour Roanoke
highlights all Roanoke's
best things.

COURTESY OF ROANOKE FOOD TOURS

influences tasted through epicurean shrimp and grits;
and our Scotch-Irish, blue collar roots running through
the Reuben and cheesy western.
After the third tasting spot, the tour stops at the
Taubman Museum of Art. Folks are given a short time
to browse the galleries and use the restroom. Then
the tour guide gathers everyone on the second level
balcony. From this vantage point, guests hear more
of Roanoke's story through noticing the Taubman's
architectural features with Roanoke's unique, neonsign cityscape in perfect view.
As guests listen, they witness Roanoke's story
play out before them. They can see the tributaries
responsible for Roanoke's beginnings in the Taubman's
watery staircase. They notice the region's red clay soil in
the rust coloring of the wall. They recognize Roanoke's
railroading backbone in the museum's industrial

Wear comfortable shoes.
Layers are nice for climate changes, both between buildings and throughout the day.
Think light. You'll be carrying whatever you bring for several hours.
Come hungry!

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ALL TOUR ROANOKE'S FOOD AND BEVERAGE TOURS, VISIT THEM ONLINE AT: ROANOKEFOODTOURS.COM

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