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Helpful tips and answers to frequently asked questions for the Erie Food Tour


What exactly happens during a food tour?

We eat, we stroll, we learn, and we have fun!  The Erie Food Tour shares the history and culture of the region while sampling delicious foods from locally owned establishments.  Along the way we’ll check out local landmarks, view historic buildings, and chat with restaurant owners and chefs.  Both Erie natives and travelers will enjoy this entertaining dining experience.


How much food is served during the tour?

The Food Tours include food portions at several different eating establishments, over the course of 2-3 hours.  Most tour participants will feel satisfied, but not stuffed, with the amount of food eaten during the walking tour.


Can I purchase tickets the day of the tour?

Advance tickets are required.  Be sure to make your reservation early to secure your desired date and time.   If a tour is not available at your preferred time and date, call (814) 572-1407 to find out if we can accommodate your request.


What's included in the ticket price?

All food tastings, restaurant gratuity, and an engaging tour guide are included in the ticket price.   Samples of alcoholic beverages are also included on the Happy-Appy Food Tour.  Tour guide gratuities are not included but are always appreciated.


Are food allergies and dietary restrictions accommodated?

The good news:  We are able to provide substitutions for vegetarians!  The bad news:  We are unable to accommodate other dietary restrictions or preferences.  If you have a serious food allergy and you're concerned about cross contamination, please contact us at (814)572-1407 or

Do tours still run if it rains?

All tours run, rain or shine.  Be sure to dress accordingly for the day’s weather and bring an umbrella if necessary.  Tickets are nonrefundable.  We reserve the right to cancel a tour for severe weather; in this case, tickets can be exchanged for another food tour date.


How far will we walk?

All of the food tours are approximately one mile in length.  Several of the tasting stops offer a chance to sit and rest, but we are walking when we’re not eating.


Are bathrooms available during the tour?

Yes, there are restrooms available at each location on the tour.


Is the tour wheelchair accessible?

Most of the restaurants and specialty food shops are wheelchair accessible.  Feel free to call (814) 572-1407 to discuss any accessibility concerns.


Is parking available nearby? 

The "Original" Downtown Tour:

Downtown Erie has plenty of on-street parking and various paid parking garages.  The tour begins at 9th & State Street and ends near 4th & State Street.  Most of the on-street parking meters on State Street last only two hours, so to accommodate this three-hour tour, you may want to park a block west of State Street on Peach Street (the meters around 4th & Peach Street allow longer hours and are less expensive).

The North East Tour: 

The tour begins and ends on South Lake Street, between Main Street and Grant Street.  There is metered, on-street parking available throughout the area.

The Happy-Appy Food Tour:

Downtown Erie has plenty of on-street parking and various paid parking garages.  The tour begins at 8th & State Street and ends near 11th & State Street.  There is a parking garage available on 10th & State Street.


Do you offer private tours?

We happily offer private versions of our food tours to groups of 8 or more people.  If you are interested in private tours, call (814) 572-1407 or send a few details including desired date and time to


Why doesn't this website list the restaurants on each food tour?

Our customers are happiest when they are surprised by each new stop on the tour!  

Are gift certificates available?

Yes!  To purchase gift certificates, click here.



Erie Food Tours is not responsible for the foods or beverages consumed on its tours.  Erie Food Tours acts solely as agent in arranging tours, venue visits & other services and does not assume liability for accidents, delays, injuries, loss or damage due to any act or default of any company, organization or person engaged in transporting passengers, rendering service, or carrying out arrangements for any tour or by the act of default of any restaurant or shop or its employees..

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