Food Tourism is Growing in South Carolina

Aug 22, 2016

Food tourists get good food and a history lesson during a food tour on Columbia's Main Street.
Credit Tut Underwood/SC Public Radio

    While most folks know that tourism is South Carolina’s number one industry, many do not know that food tourism is a growing phenomenon around the state. Brian Cole operators a food tourism business in Columbia, and conducts his clients each weekend on visits to about six different restaurants to sample the fare and learn about the eateries’ specialties and history.

Along the way, local history and special sights such as architecture and public art are woven into the journey. In this story, Cole discusses the benefits of food tourism for both tourists and restaurants, and a couple of his clients give “feed” back on what they like about the tours.