In a place known for its sunshine, golf, tennis, hiking and relaxation, Desert Tasty Tours is adding culinary adventures to that list. Founded in January 2012, Desert Tasty Tours is a 3-hour walking food tour offered along Palm Desert’s El Paseo and Palm Springs’ Palm Canyon Drive.
The tour includes samplings at six locations, comparable to a lunch, grazing style. Along the way, knowledgeable guides highlight why these unique locations are an integral part of the cities’ culinary landscape, how they came to be, and some little known facts about the owners and the dishes they serve. From the history of the area and surrounding landscape to popular annual events and local art offerings, the tours provide an insider’s perspective of the diverse cities. In addition to gaining a new perspective, guests also receive special discounts from each participating restaurant/specialty shop.
While Desert Tasty Tours fall within the realm of culinary tourism, these tours aren’t just for tourists. They were designed with local residents in mind too. Each tasting was selected to stretch the participants’ palette and is not necessarily something you might order on your own. Local residents are always surprised when they learn something new about one of their favorite restaurants or when they pick-up a bit of historical knowledge.
Each tour accommodates up to 14 people, covers 1 mile, and are most appropriate for ages 13 and older. Tickets are $55 per person and include all tastings.
Desert Tasty Tours
Wednesdays – Saturdays
11 a.m. (Palm Canyon)
11:30 a.m. (El Paseo).