Please take a look at our FAQs to answer any questions you might have.
A majority of Detroit Eats Food Tours have a drink tasting included in the tour. Additionally, water is provided throughout all of our tours.
Comfortable shoes, a camera, and gratuity for your tour guide.
Yes, bathrooms are available during the tour at selected food-tasting locations.
Of course!. Cameras and filming are allowed during the tour. We love it and strongly encourage participants to take photos during the tour and share them on their social media pages.
Absolutely! Detroit Eats Gift Certificates are available for all tours offered and they make a great gift for someone special. To purchase or learn more about our Gift Certificates, please call (586)764-5639 or click on our Gift Certificates page.
While we offer children tickets, the tours range from 2 to 2.5 hours in length. We leave it up to the parents, who know their children best, if the tour is appropriate for their child. Some children have a limited attention span or are picky eaters, and therefore the tour may not be appropriate for some of them. Since there is a lot of standing, walking, and tastings of different types of food, please consider this when deciding whether the tour is appropriate for your child.
Absolutely, all tours offer alternative tasting options for vegetarians.
We ask that you please wait to shop until after the tour so that we can stay on our food-tasting schedule and continue with the informative tour and food tastings in a timely manner. We ask you allow time at the end of the tour to return to your favorite locations and/or stores. The tours are on a schedule to arrive at each tasting location so its important to stay on schedule so the food is freshly prepared for the participants.
Tickets must be purchased in advance as tours frequently sell out quickly. To boost your chances of getting the day, time, and number of tickets you prefer, please book your tour well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, AMEX, or MasterCard from our website or by calling (586) 764-5639. Cash and/or walk-up traffic are not accepted on the day of the tour.
Yes, all guests must purchase a ticket whether they are planning to participate in the food tastings or not. Non-paying individuals will not be able to join the tour for any reason(s). The ticket fees not only cover the cost of all of the food tastings, but also the wages of your tour guide(s) whom are offering valuable commentary on historical, architectural, cultural and restaurant information during our tours.
No, Detroit Food Tours do not finish at the same location as the meeting point. However, detailed instructions are provided after ticket purchase with starting and ending point locations, and all participants receive a map with return directions included at the beginning of the tour. Return trips can be accomplished by an easy walk since the beginning and ending locations will be no longer than 1.5 miles away from each other. The starting point and ending point locations are listed on each of the tour pages.
Gratuities are greatly appreciated, although not mandatory. If you do opt to tip your guide, the standard gratuity in the service industry is 15% – 20%.
At this time, the Food Tours are run seasonally between March and November only. We do not operate any Food Tours between December and February.
Definitely not! Detroit Eats Food Tours provide our guests with a combination of architectural commentary, historical facts, local culture and culinary insight making the tour a unique 2+ hour experience where they eat, engage, explore, and enjoy an extraordinary experience with their fellow tour participants.
Most of our participants are expected to be local residents. Our tours aim to provide both locals and outside visitors with food tastings from emerging local restaurants that you cant find anywhere else. Local residents participate in food tours to learn about the neighborhoods and the city in which they live as well as to take advantage of knowing the best specialty food store locations and local restaurants in the area.
Detroit Eats Food Tours serve enough food that for most participants, lunch afterwards is not necessary. With the combination of drink and food tastings along with breaks for architectural, cultural, and historical insight, most participants are comfortably full after our food tours. Please understand our food tours are not intended to replace breakfast and lunch combined, so please consider eating breakfast before the tour.
Tours generally last between 2 to 3 hours depending on the tour route, and participants can expect to be standing or walking for a majority of the time. We walk at a moderate pace and also provide at least two sit-down locations on all of our tours for at least 45 minutes total during the tour. Be prepared to be standing or walking for majority of the tour.
We do not provide a waiting list. If a date and time is sold out, there is always a good chance that we will add an additional tour on that day. Please email us to let us know what date you are interested in if you do not see availability.
If you are bringing an infant / very young child and they will not be participating in the tastings, you do not need to purchase a ticket for them. However, please do let us know if you will be attending with an infant or young child when you purchase tickets in the Notes section.
Specified tours will have alcohol tastings on the tour whether it be a craft beer tasting, a wine tasting, or a cocktail tasting. If a non-alcoholic beverage is preferred, please let us know when purchasing your tickets.
Yes, there is public parking located near the meeting point of the Historic Corktown Food Tour.Specific parking details are included in the meeting location directions after purchasing ticket(s) with location, pricing, and hours.
For the most part, our tour routes and tour stops are wheelchair and baby stroller friendly and accessible. Please be aware of possible sidewalk bumps and cracks.
The tours will still be held in rain, shine, or snow. In the event of inclement weather, we will be able to go inside many of the establishments on the tour. We advise to check the weather conditions for your days event and dress appropriately or bring an umbrella in case of rain.
We CAN provide substitutions for vegetarians and those who do not drink alcohol, but we CANNOT make substitutions for any other food allergies (such as lactose intolerant, dairy-free,or gluten intolerant) ) or dietary preferences (such as vegan, carb free/low, or sugar free/low).
Substitutions for vegetarians and those who do not drink alcohol must be requested in advance with your ticket purchase. All food and beverage tastings have been prepared in advance at each location, based on the information you provide to us at the time of ticket purchase. Last minute dietary changes the day of the tour will not be accommodated for any dietary restrictions. This is a carefully produced foodie adventure!
We work with only the best food partners.Therefore, keeping streamlined policies ensures that guests have a consistently high quality experience. Some partners see us mulitple times a day, so we want to minimize mistakes and ensure a positive experience for our partners and our guests.
We are sorry if this is an inconvenience. Our Food Tours and events have been designed to highlight the best and most distinctive foods from each establishment. There isn’t always a “next best” option that meets the special dietary needs of each of our guests. Since we care about your health, palate and overall experience, we truly appreciate your understanding of this policy.
If you have SERIOUS FOOD ALLERGIES and are concerned about contamination, please contact us or call us at 586-913-1306 before purchasing tickets for any of our Food Tours or events.
For locals, anytime is a good time to take a tour. For outside visitors, we highly recommend taking our food tours at the beginning of your visit to you allow plenty of time to return to your favorite food tasting location and redeem your Tasting Location Coupons.
A list of all the current tasting locations can be found at the Historic Corktown Food Tour page. Food-tasting locations can change without notice.
Food is provided by local restaurants and cafes. For a better idea of what types of eateries we will visit, a list of the food tasting locations can be found on the tour page.