With over 25 ethnic and local restaurants in the Harrisonburg downtown district, it can be quite challenging to pinpoint which restaurant best suits your culinary desires. To gain first hand knowledge about the eateries that makes up “Restaurant Row,” Rocktown Bites Downtown Food Tours is offering residents and visitors the opportunity to sample and explore these restaurants like never before.
Rocktown Bites owners and tour guides Regina Hissong, Erin Young, and Shami Gravatt lead guests on foot from the Hardesty Higgins House through the streets of downtown to seven different locations of their choice to sample light cuisines, beverages, craft beers, and Virginia wines. Guests will also receive the inside scoop from owners and chefs about their businesses and what sets them apart from the typical chain restaurant. The tours last about 2.5 hours and are offered every Saturday at 2:00 PM during the fall. In addition to their regular food tours, Rocktown Bites offers a variety of specialty tours, such as the “Shop and Eat Til You Drop” tour on December 14th, where members of the tour will be taken to several local businesses to sample foods and shop around for holiday gifts at discounted prices. Tickets can be purchased for regular and specialty tours at http://www.rocktownbites.com/.
The business was initially created by Harrisonburg resident Kristen Parmer in 2012, but later inherited to Regina, Erin, and Shami. With a great passion for the local food culture, these three friends are greatly devoted to sharing with others the culinary gems of Harrisonburg that are tucked away downtown. With the rise of many new restaurants planning to join the downtown district, the possibilities for Rocktown Bites are endless, offering the business substantial growth and even more diverse partnerships with downtown’s newest upcoming editions.