AN EXPLORE SAN FRANCISCO: FOOD AND WINE TOUR
Celebrating the tenacity of a good idea, the abundance of our local farm products,
and the joy of life.
This is one of San Francisco's loveliest landmarks and the story of its transformation from ferry depot to culinary cornucopia lies at the heart and soul of the California identity.
Once the main terminal for commuter ferry traffic this magnificent building with its clock tower that marked the moment the 1906 earthquake struck the city has been lovingly renovated to its former glory. The selection seems endless. Inside you will find coffee, flowers, wine, tea, herbs, local organic produce, cheeses, breads, chocolates and international cuisine as well as groceries brought in from no more than a mile or two away along with restaurants that embrace the sustainable philosophy that makes California a leader in food culture. It is a sumptuous buffet that cannot be missed.
The market is widely acclaimed for both the quality and diversity of its fresh farm products, and artisan and prepared foods. It is renowned throughout the country as the top farmer's markets to visit. On any day, especially Saturdays, some of San Franciscoâ€™s best known chefs, and most famous farmers, can be seen at the market. The market provides a forum for people to learn about food and agriculture. Each week nearly 25,000 shoppers visit the farmers market.
The farmers market is open three days a weekâ€”Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the smaller markets occupy the front of the building along the Embarcadero; on Saturdays, the much larger market is held both in front of the Ferry Building and on the rear plaza overlooking the Bay. The markets offer fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, meats and eggs from small regional farmers and ranchers, many of whom are certified organic. A wealth of other products include regional artisan specialties such as breads, cheeses and jams. The Thursday market features an array of artisan street food: wood-fired pizza, grilled meats, sandwiches, and tacos, while the Saturday market also includes local restaurants serving a variety of hot, delicious meals.
We attend the markets on market days, and on days with no market we spend more time in the Ferry Building Marketplace and depending on the day may sample some wines. FYI- Some food tours take their guests around the market to try the free samples that are put out by the vendors for the public at large. We are not one of those tour companies.
Some of the highlights to be enjoyed during the tour are:
Tour this stunning building, survivor of two quakes and one misplaced freeway
The farmer's market. Meet the farmers, the vendors, the chefs, the visionaries, and hear their stories!
The food! The produce! The gifts! The wine! The baked goods! The cheeses! The chocolates!
Al fresco ocean view dining
Hear the impressive history of this monumental San Francisco landmark and how it was saved more than once
Did we mention the food?
Along the way, you'll see
Spectacular views of the Bay Bridge
San Francisco Railway Museum
The San Francisco Bay
Treasure Island views
Spectacular scenery in every sweeping vista
The Ferry Terminal once served 50,000,000 people per year
Tower is a replica of the Moorish Giralda tower in Seville, Spain
Largest mechanical clock in the world â€“ now run by electric motor
Gorgeous mosaic of the Great Seal of California upstairs
Those lovely chimes? A CD of Big Ben!
Foundation of 5000 Oregon pine logs, right down through the bay to bedrock
owned by 16 different city agencies
Ferry Building & Market Food & WIne in San Francisco
How to Reserve:
Cost: $99 Per Person
With Wine Tasting: $119
When: Sundays and Thursdays at 1:00PM
Easy meeting location emailed with confirmation
More Information: 415.504.3636
We also offer these related tours:
Nob Hill |Polk Street Food | Downtown Cocktails | North Beach Walk | North Beach Food | SoMa
Alcatraz | Folsom | Chinatown Food | Chinatown Walk | Mission Food | Mission Walk | Mission Food & Drink
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