Want to take a New Jersey food tour? Try these companies

When the effects of the coronavirus pandemic hit the hospitality industry in 2020, it not only closed restaurant dining rooms, but put a stop to New Jersey’s food tours.   But with restaurants up and running again, food tours are starting up, too. These tours invite food lovers to explore a town by enjoying […]

When the effects of the coronavirus pandemic hit the hospitality industry in 2020, it not only closed restaurant dining rooms, but put a stop to New Jersey’s food tours.  

But with restaurants up and running again, food tours are starting up, too. These tours invite food lovers to explore a town by enjoying its restaurants’ signature dishes and learning about local history. 

“For the first time in 15 months, we are opening public tours again, and it is really exciting,” said Alessia Aron, owner of Beyond the Plate Tours, which presents excursions in Jersey City, Red Bank and Somerville. “They (local restaurants) have been through hell and back, and we are just trying to support them as much as possible.”

Her company, previously Jersey Girls Food Tours, is one of seven that comprise the NJ Food Tour Trail.

Macaroni and cheese from Macona BBQ in Collingswood, N.J.

“Initially, the female operators were really inspired by the (Upstate New York Food Trail) and how it connects all of the trails together across the state,” said Devon Perry, a representative of the NJ Food Tour Trail. “(COVID-19) made it flow seamlessly and easier to collaborate since everyone was used to working online.”

“We thought that coming together and creating the New Jersey Food Tour Trail would help us come out of the pandemic better,” said Audrey Wiggins, owner of On the Town Food Tours, another participant. “July 1 is our official opening date for all tour companies; some have started a little earlier than that, but everyone is now officially open.”

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