While delicious food can be found at countless restaurants across Kauai, sometimes it really pays off to skip the tourist’s track and eat like the locals. Dana and Marta Lane, the couple behind Tasting Kauai, have made it easier for visitors and residents to get a sampling of the best cuisine the island has to offer. Their food tours encompass everything from gourmet eateries to the island’s vibrant produce markets.
Tasting Kauai offers several food tour packages: the North Shore, South Shore, Farmers Market, Royal Coconut Coast, and Short Order tours. The North Shore and South Shore tours — which occur every Tuesday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and Wednesday from 1:15 pm to 5:00 pm, respectively — are fun packed culinary adventures that offer exclusive access to each region’s top restaurants and markets, samples and private tastings of food, and talks about Tiki cocktail culture.
The Royal Coconut Coast food tour is a delicious four-hour journey through the east side of Kauai. The Farmers Market tour offers a real treat for those who can’t get enough of home grown, tropical fruits and veggies. It includes a meet and greet with local growers along with a demo on how to select the best produce in Kauai and cook it perfectly. Want to take a food tour, but limited on time? Consider the Short Order food tour, which happens three Thursdays per month from 1pm to 3pm and is wonderful for couples and small groups.
Tasting Kauai makes it easy to reserve your spot on a tour via their website. This family owned business also offers a book for sale, “Tasting Kauai: An Insider’s Guide to Eating Well on the Garden Island”, which makes an excellent keepsake. It’s also a handy tool for those who want to explore Kauai’s food scene on their own.
The beautiful thing about Tasting Kauai is that they emphasize eating locally, seasonally, and sustainably. The Lanes are committed to not only highlighting the great restaurants in the city, but educating people about Kauai’s heritage and traditions. When you embark on one of Tasting Kauai’s food tours, you’re guaranteed to leave with a satisfied appetite, unforgettable memories, and a few new friends. To experience the food of this city in a new way, take a culinary tour from Tasting Kauai the next time you’re on the Garden Island.