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Amelia Island Tasting Tours

Nov 12, 2014 02:00AM
Following the trend of food tours across the United States, Amelia Island Tasting Tours (AITT) aims to showcase the unique local restaurants and bars that make downtown Fernandina Beach such a wonderful place to visit and live.

“Foodies love Amelia Island for it’s eclectic mix of local restaurants with high-quality offerings,” says AITT co-founder, Marisol Triana. “This is a wonderful, fun way to bring locals and visitors into downtown Fernandina Beach for a true taste experience.”

Right now, AITT is starting with two tours, the Downtown Tasting Tour and the Mixology Tour. On the Downtown Tasting Tour, guests will visit 5 restaurants and enjoy specially made tastings while learning about the history of the restaurant from the owner or chef. Between stops, guests will enjoy beautiful downtown Fernandina Beach while hearing a little history of the island.

On the Mixology Tour, guests will stroll to 4 bars or restaurants to try craft cocktails made by Amelia’s best bartenders, while learning about the bootlegging history of Fernandina Beach. To add to the fun, guest will vote for the “AITT Bartender of the Week,” encouraging friendly competition between bartenders who vie for the coveted trophy.

To date, there are 13 bars and restaurants in downtown Fernandina Beach signed up to partner with AITT as tasting locations. These establishments include Espana, Hola Cuban Cafe, The Courtyard Pub and Grill, Happy Tomato Cafe, Pablo’s Mexican Restaurant, Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro, Arte Pizza, The Crab Trap, Bright Mornings Cafe, LuLu’s at the Thompson House, The Green Turtle Tavern, Karibrew, and Nana Teresa’s Bake Shop.

“We are delighted to be able to showcase many of the wonderful restaurants in downtown Fernandina Beach, while bringing a new kind of tour to our island,” says AITT co-founder Tara Meyer-Robson, “It’s time to show the world how special Amelia Island really is!.”

To view the tour calendar or book tickets for an upcoming tour, go to AmeliaIslandTastingTours.com, or call 1.800.979.3370. Book early, as AITT only allows 14 people per tour to allow for an intimate tour experience!

About Amelia Island Tasting Tours:

At Amelia Island Tasting Tours, our focus is to create an incredible experience for each and every one of our tour guests, whether you are a local who wants to enjoy an experience in beautiful downtown Fernandina Beach or a visitor looking to find the best restaurants that the locals love. We want to showcase our wonderful bars and restaurants, as we are passionate that downtown Fernandina has a mix of terrific local places found nowhere else. In addition, we want our tour guests to be able to meet the wonderful owners, staff, and mixologists that are passionate about their craft. Amelia Island has such character and charm, and with Amelia Island Tasting Tours, you will experience all of it!

About Your Hosts:

Marisol Triana is the co-owner of Hola Cuban Cafe (http://www.holacubancafe.com/) in downtown Fernandina Beach, which has quickly become a "local's favorite" restaurant. She and her partner, Chris Garcia, have created a warm and welcoming atmosphere—on any given day, you'll find locals meeting and chatting in the cafe, whether they knew each other or not when they walked in the door! It's this same warmth and genuine love of people that Marisol brings to Amelia Island Tasting Tours; she loves downtown Fernandina Beach, and she's glad to show her favorite spots to visitors to Amelia Island.

Tara Meyer-Robson is a passionate foodie and loves the amazing selection of restaurants that downtown Fernandina Beach offers. In addition, she's an internationally-published author, coach, and the creator of the Mind-Body-Life Transformation program The Flow Method (http://www.tarameyerrobson.com/). She's traveled extensively with her work and loves to immerse herself into the culture of a given area, asking the locals for their recommendations for the best restaurants. This love gave birth to the concept behind Amelia Island Tasting Tours, which allows her to show visitors to beautiful Amelia Island the hidden gems and favorite restaurants in a way that is exciting and fun.