BURLINGTON — The Burlington Edible History Tour, rated 5-stars on Trip Advisor, begins June 13 for its fifth full season. During a 1.5-mile walk, participants discover the local history, food businesses, and traditions of 11 ethnic groups that built Burlington: Abenaki, African Americans, Chinese, French Canadians, Germans, Greeks, Irish, Italians, Jews, Lebanese, and Yankees.
In addition to hearing colorful stories during the tour, guests sample food from six restaurants: Sugar Snap Catering at ECHO, Restaurant Poco, Rí Rá Irish Pub, Monarch and the Milkweed, Penny Cluse, and Deli 126.
Restaurant Poco, which opened in April at 55 Main Street, had its start as a food truck, Dolce VT, on Pine Street in Burlington. Poco co-owner Susie Ely says, “We are so happy to be on the Edible History Tour to share our outstanding food and our story of farm to street to table with the community.” Participants hear tales of food carts in the Burlington of 100 years ago. The story of Samuel Bergman, who set up his food cart in the early 1900s on Main Street and later opened a restaurant, mirrors the Restaurant Poco story.
The tour runs Thursdays and Saturdays, 1:00 – 4:15pm, through October 12. Tickets must be purchased in advance at https://www.burlingtonediblehistory.com/tickets.php.
Tour owners donate 10% of profits to New Farms for New Americans to help new migrants and refugees stay connected to their culinary traditions. Burlington Edible History Tour is the only Vermont destination in the tourism blog Roaming the Americas on “How to Support Immigrants and Refugees Through Travel in the United States.”
–Burlington Edible History
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