With an incredibly diverse, award-winning culinary scene in Overland Park and nearby Kansas City, you can travel the world on a single plate. Yet if you love food, it’s just as fun to learn the stories behind it before you dig in. Consider expanding your knowledge (and palate) with a local food tour.
Feeling thirsty? Start your exploration at Aubrey Vineyards, which features small-batch, handcrafted wines in southern Overland Park. The tasting room and store, located in downtown Overland Park, is an ideal place to learn more about Aubrey Vineyards while you sample the latest selection of Midwestern varietal reds and whites, as well as wines made from imported fruits that are pressed and fermented on site.
Although it’s not officially a tour, the Culinary Center of Kansas City regularly hosts cooking classes that give participants an opportunity to learn more about and prepare a variety of cuisines, including bread making, sous-vide and grilling. Or discover more about a favorite global cuisine, including French, Asian, Indian and Italian. The Culinary Center also hosts Foodie Field Trips, a chance to experience a food-related destination like a working honey farm, so be sure to check the events calendar while you plan your trip.
Overland Park’s close proximity to Kansas City gives travelers a chance to experience a behind-the-scenes look at some of the city’s favorite food and beverage brands. Boulevard Brewing Company, Tom’s Town Distilling Co., J. Rieger & Co. and The Roasterie all offer tours complete with tastings. One tip? They tend to fill quickly, so reserve your spot in advance if possible. Or try Taste of Kansas City Food Tours, which offer themed tours built around a specific neighborhood or theme like the Crossroads Cultural & Culinary Walking Tour, the Prohibition & Craft Cocktail Tour or the KC Streetcar & Culinary Tour.
Whatever tour you choose, we have two tips for you: wear comfortable shoes and bring your appetite!