MAINSTRASSE FOOD TOUR
OUR PREMIER WALKING FOOD AND CULTURE TOUR
Tours available Saturday mornings
The best way to experience our German heritage is on foot. Join us as we stroll through a charming European village from the early 1800's. See a 100 foot tall Glockenspiel in Goebel Park and visit the town plaza showcasing the Goose Girl fountain. This Saturday morning tour is relaxing, filling and fun! We sample not one but 3 drinks: wine, beer and bourbon! We visit 5 different locally owned restaurants and meet a few of the owners. This is the original Riverside Food Tour where it all started in 2016.
PRICE $59.00 per adult/ $49.00 children age 6-10. Children 5 and under free - if sharing parent's tastings
TOUR DAYS Saturday
DEPARTURE TIME 10:30 AM
DURATION 3 hours
DISTANCE 1.25 miles - we rate this walk as easy due to the level surfaces, tree lined streets and park benches.
Enjoy generous tastings plus drinks from five unique privately owned restaurants.
Step back in time as we explore the architecture and culture of this charming 1800's German Village.
Receive a Food Tasting Guide with exclusive coupons for Riverside Food Tour participants.
WHAT TO EXPECT
WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE MAINSTRASSE VILLAGE FOOD TOUR
Mainstrasse Village is a picturesque restored German Village dating back from the 1830's. During the summer months, people flock to the sidewalk seating on the town square. It is like dining on a sidewalk cafe in Europe! We stroll under a canopy of trees with park benches to sit and relax. This is the easiest of our walking tours. Included on this tour are ample portions, more than enough for lunch. Plus we sample beer, wine and bourbon! Each tasting is served from a locally-owned and operated restaurant which takes pride in utilizing Kentucky Proud products and supporting nearby farms and businesses. We normally get to meet at least 2 or 3 of the owners and learn what it takes to make it in the restaurant business.
Some of the 6 or 7 tastings you will enjoy include German Bavarian pretzel with homemade beer cheese dip, a gourmet chili cheese hotdog featuring a Tex-Mex style chili made with from an authentic German goetta recipe, a tasting of one of 65 different flavors of soft serve, a slice of a signature pizza or a portion of a gourmet burger, a Charcuterie board featuring a variety of locally sourced cheeses, jams, almonds, dried fruits and to top off the tour, a homemade seasonal dessert served with a generous cup of Ethiopian coffee or tea. We promise you won't leave this tour hungry!
All food and drinks mentioned above are included in the cost of your ticket. Would you like to enjoy additional drinks? No problem, you simply run your own tab. See all Tasting Locations below.
CULTURAL, HISTORIC AND ARCHITECTURAL EXPERIENCES
We're taking you to 5 restaurants plus a Kentucky Bourbon Bar for a little education on the finest bourbon in the country! Whether you are of German descent or not, you will enjoy the stories of the hard working immigrants who developed this little neighborhood on the west side of Covington, Kentucky. Look up and you'll notice one building after another featuring timeless Italianate architecture. There's even an overhead train that borders the village. We share old photographs and tell stories of what life was like at the turn of the century. History buffs love this tour!
WHO SHOULD TAKE A MAINSTRASSE FOOD TOUR?
Our Mainstrasse Village tour is comfortable walking on flat level surfaces under tree lined streets. Between restaurants, the walk is short and easy. The Mainstrasse Tour is perfect for locals who want to feel like they’re on vacation, as well as visitors looking for an out-of-the way foodie adventure. We guarantee you’ll come away with new insights and appreciation for this beautiful neighborhood.
WHY CHOOSE RIVERSIDE FOOD TOURS?
Our walking food tour helps you to slow down and enjoy an afternoon in a way you have never experienced before. On all our tours, you receive VIP treatment. We are seated and served soon after we arrive for no waiting. Our tours are well paced and you are entertained the entire time by a knowledgeable and friendly guide. We even chat with a few of the owners. Whether you are meeting old friends or making new ones, you will gain a whole new perspective which will leave you with sweet memories for weeks to come!
When: Saturday 10:30 am - 1:30 pm. Rain or shine - we still dine.
What’s Included: All food tastings, one beverage tasting and an entertaining guide for $59.00.
What to Wear: Comfortable shoes and casual “weather appropriate” clothing. Chance of showers? Don't worry, we got you covered with Riverside Food Tour umbrellas.
Where: Meet on the plaza next to Zazou Grill at 502 W. 6th Street, Covington Ky 41011. The free Mainstrasse Village parking lot is accessed from Philadelphia Street. MAP IT
Driving Directions: From I-75 / I-71, take the Covington 5th Street Exit (#192). Turn right on Philadelphia Street and then turn left at the first driveway into the parking lot.
What Else: For more information, please see our FAQs page.