Of course, Gettysburg and Adams County are also well known for agritourism, with its orchards, farm stands, and vineyards. Now, local restaurants are increasingly taking advantage of the proximity of these local food sources to provide a real, from-farm-to-table experience for diners.
|Food 101's Fennel Sausage and Broccolini Pizza.|
During the tour, we got to experience dishes that ranged from traditional Irish shepherd's pie to the best in local freshly-made, hand-dipped ice-cream. We sampled wine and hard ciders, sampled soups and tacos and some memorable mac and cheese from an array of ethnic eateries, historic taverns, family owned bistros and wineries in what amounted to a progressive meal, which wrapped up with drinks and dessert.
|Chef Corey Williams in the dining room of Food 101.|
|Traditional Irish Shepherd's Pie from Garryowen Irish Pub, accompanied by Johnny Jump Up Hard |
Cider made exclusively for Garryowen Irish Pub by Hauser Estate Winery.
|A significant portion of the tour is the walk between food establishments, during which Lori (our tour guide and the owner of SavorGettsburg) provided interesting tidbits about the town's history and features.|
|Arturo Guinto, owner and chef of El Costeno, chats with the tour-goers as we sample El Costeno's offerings.|
The cool thing is the opportunity to "sample" a variety of restaurants in pretty much a risk-free way -- you're not committing to a full-fledged meal at any location. Although each sample is not in itself very large, the tour serves enough food so that lunch afterwards is not necessary -- and in fact, we still were not hungry at dinner time later that day. You will leave, as the tour promises, "comfortably full" at the end of the tour.
|Hand-dipped ice cream from Mr. G's Homemade Ice Cream.|
Before the tour, or afterwards (or both), be sure to stroll around the historic town area, browse the boutiques, and enjoy the town's quaint and friendly atmosphere. Yes, come to Gettysburg for its Civil War history, but definitely plan to stay for dinner (or breakfast or lunch)!
Know before you go: Tours are held rain or shine. Keep in mind that food tastings are held inside each food establishment. Please make sure to check the weather conditions for your tour day and dress accordingly. In the case of inclement weather, dress appropriately and don't forget your umbrella!
Hours: Check the website for dates and times the restaurant tours are offered.
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