Reviewed December 17, 2022
When you travel, do you ever take a tour of the area? A FOODIE tour, that is! Last week I had the pleasure of going on a tour with Great Tasting Tours in DeLand! We tasted food, wine (shocker, I know), cocktails, even vinegar and oils! Larry and Robin know all the best places in town, and the history, too! Don’t miss this treat when you visit!
Reviewed August 27, 2022
Great tour in downtown DeLand
Such a fun tour! They definitely know the town and it’s history. We enjoyed the shops and restaurants we stopped at! Enjoyed all the food and drinks along the way. Highly recommend this tour.
Reviewed January 17, 2022
Awesome food tour
We had a great time on this food tasting tour in DeLand. The hosts were great, mixing local knowledge and history into the 3+ hour trip. There were several food stops and by the end we were completely full. Wine was included at most stops. I would highly recommend doing this tour when visiting DeLand.
Reviewed July 26, 2021
Worthwhile Food Tour
Excellent food tour. Larry and Robin provided a variety of restaurants with delicious food, coffee shop, pub, and wine venue. Larry provided a wealth of historical information on the City of Deland. The love they have for Deland absolutely comes across when they are sharing information on the city. We had such a good time and felt welcomed by all we have already planned to attend an upcoming musical at the Deland Athens theatre. I highly recommend booking one of Great Tasting Tours.
Reviewed March 21, 2021
Wonderful tour in Deland, Florida
Great way to spend an afternoon. We so enjoyed the company of Larry and Robin. The food and drink was fantastic as well. Be sure to take this tour upon your arrival in Deland so you can get to know the area and wonderful restaurants.
Reviewed September 21, 2020
A Great Tour!
We signed up for Brews and Browse Tour. The mini review is WOW and FUN! The fact is we seldom go to DeLand unless it’s in the evening for a show or to visit friends. We’ve managed to mostly stay away. That has certainly changed. A little more in-depth review for you to know. Eat a snack or small meal first but no desert. The munchies were fabulous and plenty; the drinks tasty and liberal; oh and the service was attentive and exceptional. I must add Robin and Larry are exceptional hosts and full of all sorts of information including historical and current statistical business concerns dealing with todays issues. It was well worth the investment to learn and experience the city’s resurgence/normalization and enjoy a wonderful evening.
Reviewed December 30, 2019
Brews and Browse, Great Tasting Tours
My husband and I took I first tour with Great Tasting Tours in Deland. We did the Brews and Browse. Larry was so pleasant, informative, and had established great relationships with merchants which in turn gave us very good insight regarding where to eat and drink. The history was very nice as well. I would definitely do another tour. We enjoyed ourselves immensely. Put this on your list as a “must do” if you are in the Deland area.
Reviewed November 27, 2019
Taste of Downtown DeLand
This was our first tour conducted by a couple, Robin & Larry, & it was like going out with friends. They offered a relaxed pace, good conversation dotted with history & tips, & plenty (& I mean plenty) of really good food, not to mention the wine & beer. The selection of restaurants allowed us to sample a variety of cuisines, & we relished every one. They even accommodated our dog. We always enjoy our visits to DeLand because there is so much to see & do. With Great Tasting Tours, we’ve found another reason to return.
Reviewed June 25, 2019
Great tasting tours is a unique, fun and informative way to get to know Deland. Check out the different tours, there is something for everyone. Also great for gifts!
Reviewed June 8, 2019
An excellent afternoon tour getting to know the history of DeLand and sampling food and beverages
This was a great introduction to DeLand and definitely an amazing downtown area rich in history and full of so many outstanding restaurants. I’m certainly coming back to explore more and enjoy the history and nature. Larry French was extremely well informed of the history and gave us glimpses into past and how it has shaped this remarkable town. Highly recommended!
Reviewed April 28, 2019 via mobile
We did the food tour last week with Larry French. Had some really great food, beverages and lots of neat history. The restaurant/hotel staff were amazingly generous and informative as well. Enjoyed DeLand’s historical district and all the cool places Larry showed us so much that we went back the next day!
Reviewed March 26, 2019
Sip and Shop tour
Larry and Robin were fabulous hosts and I enjoyed hearing so much of the history of Deland. The venues were all a short walk from each other and had quite a varied sample of shops. The wine samples, especially the Sangria were delicious.
Reviewed January 3, 2019
Fun & Tasty Way To Explore DeLand
Our tour was filled with fantastic food and great insight on the history of DeLand. I would highly recommend doing any of tours provided by this company if you are in the area. A day spent with Great Tasting Tours will be well worth your time and money!
Reviewed January 30, 2019
This was my first-ever food tour and it will be hard to beat. Started with a warm and toasty brisket sandwich, enhanced with caramelized onions and just the right amount of melted cheese. Paired with a lovely red wine. I didn’t think I liked red wine – but apparently, I do. We continued to four other establishments, each one with a different personality. All the while, we were treated to historical tidbits and local landmarks via our well-versed guide. The time flew by as we relaxed, imbibed and indulged. I highly recommend the Sweet and Savory Tour and look forward to trying the others.
Reviewed January 30, 2019
We were looking for an activity to fill a non-beach day in New Smyrna Beach, FL and Great Tasting’s Sweet and Savory tour in nearby DeLand was a homerun! After booking the tour online, we met owner Larry in Pioneer Park–just off the Main drag in DeLand–where he greeted us and gave us mini backpacks/goodie bags filled with local info, bottled water and hand sanitizer. After a quick photo in front of one of DeLand’s many murals (DeLand actually has a Mural tour booklet which was in our goodie bags) we headed to BYTE Bistro for a wonderful mini-brisket and caramelized onion sandwich and glass of a superb CA red. As we ate, Larry filled us in on the restaurant’s back story and also their new event space, called Venue, across the street. He also gave us an overview of DeLand history which we both found incredibly interesting.
From there we walked to De La Vega Restaurant and Galeria for Hibiscus tea and Hibiscus flower taco’s–both of which were crazy good. Larry again filled us in on the South American restaurant’s background and owners. We walked up the street next and Larry provided an overview of several historic buildings and their purposes over the course of DeLand history.
Pat and Toni’s Sweet Things was next–an eclectic combination of a classic candy store high-end chocolatier and ice cream shop. We enjoyed chocolate dipped strawberries, a classic French truffle and some of their brittle while Larry gave us the scoop on the establishment. Around the corner we visited the Half Wall next–a pub with a crazy number of beers on tap, including some of their own brews. We were treated to mussels steamed in beer and we choose to go with a cider on tap. We explored to outdoor event space (beautiful alleys) next then went to the striking and newly-renovated Artisan Downtown Boutique Suites Hotel. The Hotel’s owner gave us a personal tour of the suites and we ended our Great Tastings tour on a high note in the Hotel’s bar. We were served a southwestern flatbread pizza–one of the savory treats on the hotel’s menu and wine while we talked about marketing DeLand and the progress the town has made over the past 20 or so years. We left the tour sated, happy, glad to know more about DeLand and wanting to come back soon to check out even more restaurants. Thanks Larry and Great Tastings for such a fun, yummy and informative afternoon.
Reviewed November 27, 2018 via mobile
Great Food & Fun in DeLand
We really enjoyed the tour provided by Larry & Robin. We have been on several food tours and this one had more food & drink than any other tour that we have taken. We learned the history of DeLand and a lot of fun. 3 members of our party were over 75 and they had no issue with the distance or pace. We plan to visit DeLand again and explore more of the city.
Reviewed November 17, 2018
Delicious and Informational Food Tour
Went on the food tour with Larry and Robin and just had a wonderful time. The food was delicious and even got to meet some of the owners of the places we visited.
We also got to learn a lot about DeLand. They told us some interesting history about DeLand and suggested other walking tours we could do on our own. I would recommend this tour to everyone. It is a great way to try different restaurants and hears stories of how DeLand started.
Reviewed November 5, 2018
Wonderful way to explore Deland
I had won tickets at an event in Deland, but I will be going back again for other tours. Larry our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history of Deland, which made the tour even more interesting. This tour was a wonderful introduction to some the restaurants and the food & beverages were absolutely delicious. I know I will be going back to take the other tours they offer.
Reviewed March 28, 2018
Had a fabulous relaxed afternoon with our wonderful tour guides! It seemed as if we were checking out the local scene with friends. Lovely tour filled with interesting history and fabulous food. Plenty of opportunities to take photographs. Would highly recommend!