Medina will host first food tour in downtown on Oct. 6

Staff Reports Posted 18 September 2018 at 3:57 pm

Provided photo: Scott Robinson and Alix Gilman will be the Canal Village Food Tour hosts. The married couple recently moved back to Medina. They are the new owners of the Shirt Factory in Medina. Their blog– In A DC Minute — began in 2013 and served as a lifestyle blog highlighting food, drinks, travel and everything a couple might do and enjoy in the D.C. area. Their focus is now the Medina area and WNY.

MEDINA – The Orleans Renaissance Group, which organized a farm-to-table dinner in downtown Medina last month, is planning another event to showcase local food.

The ORG on Oct. 6 will have its first Canal Village Food Tour – a walking culinary tasting tour of historic downtown Medina.

Chris Busch, ORG chairman, said the event is the latest venture showcasing the village’s culinary scene and historic downtown.

ORG is collaborating with the Canal Village Farmers’ Market and the Shirt Factory for the event, which Busch said is a pilot for future food tours. He expects there will be many more in the future, perhaps near Christmas and definitely next summer.

The first tour is capped at 12 participants with tickets at $25 each. The tour begins at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 6 at the Shirt Factory, 115 W Center St. Tickets are available, first come, first served at the Canal Village Farmers’ Market in Medina. Tickets will be available on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.

ORG sees lots of potential in Medina’s growing culinary scene. More than 200 people paid $100 a plate last month for a six-course gourmet dinner prepared by five Medina area restaurants. That event was a quick sellout.

The food tour will feature many of the same chefs and restaurants. For approximately 2-3 hours, guests will enjoy a guided walking tour while experiencing downtown Medina’s rich history and exploring its expanding culinary culture—complete with delectable samplings along the way.

Tour guides are noted food bloggers Scott Robinson and Alix Gilman (In a D.C. Minute and owners of the Shirt Factory). They will share points of interest throughout the tour as guests take in the sights in Downtown Medina’s Historic District.

The tasting stops include: Canal Village Farmers’ Market, Zambistro, Mile 303, Herbalty Cottage, The Bread Basket, English Rose Tea Shoppe, and Della’s Chocolates. Beginning with the Canal Village Farmers’ Market. (Alcohol will be served at some of our tasting stops, so guests must be 21 and over, and present valid ID.)

From there, attendees will experience the interesting local history, culture and amazingly in-tact 19th Century architecture of a definitive Erie Canal town.

Gilman and Robinson will guide their guests through several tasty bites from some of Medina’s best purveyors of cuisine and goodies. As the tour progresses, organizers hope guests will be encouraged to explore Medina’s numerous specialty shops throughout downtown.

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