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Food Tourism is Growing in South Carolina

Food tourists get good food and a history lesson during a food tour on Columbia's Main Street.
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Food tourists get good food and a history lesson during a food tour on Columbia's Main Street.

While most folks know that tourism is one of South Carolina’s top industries, many do not know that food tourism is a growing phenomenon around the state. Brian Cole operates 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 sites 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.