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For 2018 Season: Brevard Bites Food Tours Adds Restaurants

 

April 30, 2018

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Lee Marchbanks of Magpie Meat & Three and Ann Sharpsteen of Brevard Bites Food Tours discuss food offerings for the 2018 season.

Brevard Bites Food Tours has announced the kick-off of the Brevard-based company's 2018 season and other big changes for their food enthusiasts. The food tour company offers guided culinary walking tours through historic downtown Brevard. Guests enjoy tastings at local restaurants, tap rooms and specialty food shops with tapas-sized portions of house fare favorites and drink pairings. They also learn fun facts about the town's history and architecture while walking between food stops.

This year, two new restaurant partners have been added to the tour: Rocky's Grill & Soda Shop and Mayberry's.

"We are so excited to be joining the food tour this year," said Mayberry's manager Amy Jackson. "There's nothing better than good food, people who love good food, and a chance for us to showcase our amazing staff to even more people."

Among the fare planned for upcoming food tour guests, Mayberry's will serve tastings of their popular Cuban sandwich (pit ham, pulled pork, dill pickles, Swiss cheese, sweet Cuban mustard all on a pressed Portuguese roll) and other favorites.

The Map Room Tap Room (above D.D. Bullwinkle) offering popular beer tastings to thirsty patrons has also been added as a new stop on the tour this year. Hop Stop & Beer Garden (100 E. Main St.), another new addition, will offer guests samples of a wide variety of local, regional and unique specialty beers, wine and cider.

Some of the other food/drink stops rotated on the tour include: Marco Trattoria, Wine Down, Magpie Meat & Three, Brevard Brewing Company, The Phoenix & The Fox, Kiwi Gelato, Blue Ridge Bakery, Hop Stop and Beer Garden, The Proper Pot, Spice It to a Tea, and Beer & A Bracelet Saloon, better known as "The Smallest Bar in the U.S." The food tours last approximately two-and-a-half hours.

According to Brevard Bites Food Tours co-owner Ann Sharpsteen, all the food tour partners are all thriving, growing and enjoying changes of their own this year.

"Brevard Brewing is doubling their production," she said. "They will be canning their beer and making it available for retail this summer."

Brevard Brewing's five popular year-round beers on tap – Brevard Brewing Lager, Pilsner, IPA, Red and Dunkel – will be available for purchase in six-packs at Ingles and elsewhere beginning in late June.

Wine Down on Main, the originating point and first stop on the food tour is also thriving and offering new special events and specialty wine dinners to local foodies.

"We have some great food and wine in store for guests this year on the food tour," said Wine Down co-owner, Patty Fisk. "Being a part of Brevard Bites Food Tours has been a positive for us and we're excited to be a stop again this year. Not only is good for us and fun to interact with and serve the guests on the tour, it's good for downtown Brevard."

"I'm so pleased that the food tour is able to help showcase our vibrant and eclectic food scene," said Sharpsteen. "The food tour has been popular with locals and visitors alike. Visitors take the tour at the beginning of their visit to learn which restaurants they want to go back to during their stay. It's a way for them to scope out their favorites. Exploring Brevard's culinary scene, I believe, truly is the best way to experience the true essence of Brevard."

Brevard Mayor Jimmy Harris couldn't agree more, adding, "Brevard has outstanding dining and whether you're a local resident or visiting for the first time, taking the food tour is a great way to sample the best that Brevard has to offer."

Tickets for Brevard Bites Food Tours are $39 each and can be purchased online at http://www.brevardbitesfoodtours.com. The tours begin at 2 p.m. and operate Friday and Saturdays between May and September. Gift certificates are also available by calling (828) 565-2483.

 
 

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