Norfolk, Va. (March 15, 2011) – Norfolk is the culinary epicenter of the Hampton Roads region, offering everything from the freshest seafood and finest cut meats to worldly tapas, and Vegan delights.  Visit Norfolk, along with the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, Food Tour Corporation and Virginia Tourism Corporation, is pleased to announce a new program beginning April 16, Coastal Food Tours of Virginia, which will showcase some of Norfolk’s unique culinary specialties.

Descriptions of each of the tours are below, and additional excursions will be added in the future.

  • Granby Street Food Tour – Norfolk’s “restaurant row,” Granby Street, is full of talented chefs and ambitious restaurateurs.  While intricate architecture mingles with 21st century skyscrapers, restaurants serve everything from traditional coastal dishes to modern, ethnic and sustainable cuisine. During this three-hour tour, you will explore the revitalized downtown, all along one very popular street in downtown Norfolk.

 

  • Historic Ghent Food Tour – Four centuries worth of history comprise the former British colony, replete with a cosmopolitan city center, picturesque neighborhoods and a strong culinary scene to boot.   During this three-hour walk, you will explore the historic Ghent district, and enjoy a variety of dishes at various restaurants along Colley Avenue and 21st Street, the main arteries of this bohemian borough.

 

Bookings for consumer tours are available beginning April 16; bookings for group tours will commence a month later on May 16. Prices for the programs start at $50 per person.  For more information on Coastal Food Tours of Virginia, go to www.visitnorfolk.com or www.CoastalFoodTours.com, or call 202-683-8847.

~ Norfolk, Virginia ~

One of the Mid-Atlantic’s most exciting destinations, Norfolk, Virginia attracts thousands of travelers each year to enjoy its lively waterfront downtown which is easily walk able and alive with eclectic dining options, a rich arts scene, high-end shopping and fun, year-round special events. For four hundred years this dynamic heart of Virginia’s storied sea front region has offered a vibrant blend of history and heritage, contemporary attractions, outdoor adventure and the Commonwealth’s most revered cultural institutions.  For more information about Norfolk, visit the city on the Web at www.visitnorfolktoday,com or call 757-664-6620 or toll free at 800-368-3097.