It’s no surprise Santa Cruz, California has been named a top foodie city: It has plenty of farm-fresh ingredients, fresh seafood, and proximity to world-class wineries and breweries. In addition to farmers markets that boast local, sustainable food, Santa Cruz also offers foodies many opportunities to experience food in a way that’s different from the typical restaurant. Below are just a few of the essential foodie experiences in Santa Cruz that you need to try anytime you’re in town.
Santa Cruz Food Tour
“Come hungry, leave full.” That’s the motto of the 3.5-hour walking tour that’s full of food and history. If you’re looking for favorite tourist food spots, then this food tour is not for you. The Santa Cruz Food Tour aims to give foodies a taste of Santa Cruz’s unknown food gems, all while teaching them about the historical places in downtown Santa Cruz.
You’ll also learn about the picturesque Victorian architecture that’s popular in the area. This foodie experience is so popular that all tour dates are already sold out for 2018. Not to fret; tickets for 2019 are available for purchase now.
Santa Cruz Food Lounge
Pop-up restaurants are still a unique way to help up-and-coming chefs who may not have a brick-and-mortar space to serve food or even to cook and create. Enter the Santa Cruz Food Lounge, a 550-square-foot space that has become an incubator for budding Santa Cruz chefs. There’s no one permanent chef at the food lounge, which means the menu constantly changes too. It’s a new way for foodies to experience dining out and keeps them from tiring of a list.
The lounge has expanded to include more than just pop-up dinners – classes and community events such as night markets and beer pairings are hosted here, as well as art and music events.
Get a History Lesson
It seems like nobody has figured out how to make history as delicious as Santa Cruz! You can learn about Santa Cruz’s role in surfing history at the Dream Inn’s Jack O’Neill Lounge, an ad-hoc museum/lounge that celebrates surfing, food, and drink.
There are plenty of nearby hotels available if you aren’t staying at the Dream Inn, so you don’t have to worry about driving after enjoying a boozy brunch or a happy-hour drink. On the other hand, if you want to go to the Florida, you may check out the Banquet Halls in Clearwater FL for an awesome experience.
Pick Your Food
At Blue House Farm, just 45 minutes north of Santa Cruz, you can pick up your food. If you’d instead not pick the food yourself, but still want uber-fresh produce, there’s a farm stand with ready-picked veggies, fruits, and flowers that are all certified organic.
Santa Cruz is a foodie’s paradise. Local chefs and food enthusiasts are finding ways to bring food to more people in exciting and inventive ways. Santa Cruz chefs are leading the country with a variety of pop-up food experiences and the creative intermingling of food and history. Venture outside of the box to find the exhilarating and delicious foodie experiences that are available in Santa Cruz.