Farm & Foodie Tours
Whether you are a foodie, a locavore, or interested in seeing a working farm, Fort Collins has many options to experience our agricultural and culinary richness. Many Fort Collins farms offer culinary experiences through seasonal farm to table dinners paired with locally brewed beers. Seasonal menus – a community norm – help create collaborations between restaurants, farmers and ranchers who raise grass-fed meats and ripe produce to entice your taste buds. Add to the menu an intelligently crafted pairing of brews from our 20 local award-winning breweries for a delicious foodie experience. Dinners are typically hosted outdoors through the summer and fall seasons.
Agriculture has a lengthy history in the northern Colorado region and plays an integral role in Fort Collins’ history. Colorado State University (CSU) was originally established as Colorado Agricultural College in 1870 and continues its work in the advancement of innovative agriculture and animal husbandry practices. Rich history surrounds Fort Collins’ agriculture heritage from sugar beet farming for Great Western Sugar to Lamb Day. Family farms like the Bee Family Centennial Farm offers a hands-on working farm museum that has been in the family for more than 100 years. At the Bee Family Farm you can explore the history of western farm life as well as enjoy quaint events hosted throughout the summer. The curious can also visit multiple CSU campuses or hear a moving animal behavior lecture on livestock management from world-renown CSU professor Temple Grandin. How to experience the farm? Visitors can take guided tours of organic and various working farms in the Fort Collins area by offered by Magic Bus Tours or by contacting farms directly. Pick-your-own opportunities are abundant including pick-your-own flowers and strawberries. Famers’ markets are plentiful throughout the summer and fall months. Farming comes to life for the little ones at The Farm at Lee Martinez Park. Each year new baby animals, a perfect setting and a fully working farm act as a playground for children and the whole family. Chances to milk cows, pet donkeys, and feed chickens create wonderful memories located in Downtown Fort Collins. Each year the autumn harvest brings corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and hayrides. Many surrounding farms boast large pumpkin fields and everything need for a perfect harvest adventure. Playing amongst the hay bails, visiting with farm’s animals, and picking out the perfect pumpkin add to the list of favorite hometown activities. And, for the more adventurous, haunted corn mazes, elaborate corn maze runs, and haunted houses are hosted each October at many local farms.
Being a foodie means a love of food, spices, beverages, and the overall experience of a fine meal. Fort Collins is filled with people and businesses with a passion for food and beverages. Foodie Tours can be self designed, may include a dining event, or can be lead by one of our tour companies.
Delicious dining in Fort Collins is a full time job! Fort Collins’ restaurants offer many worldly food options including Nepalese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Oaxacan Mexican, Italian, French, and Ethiopian cuisines. If you’re hungry for more seasonal options, restaurants serve locally sourced creations, harvest menus, and farm to table dishes. Restaurants dot the entire cityscape and with diverse experiences, including a concentration of restaurants in historic downtown Fort Collins.
The Fort Collins Foodie Walk is a self-guided activity that occurs every third Friday of the month. A tour of Downtown’s finest stores dedicated to everything spice, kitchen, cheese, chocolate, wine, and tea. The walk includes olive oils, balsamic vinegars, locally made breads, hand crafted cheeses tasting, and hundreds of worldly spices. This is a free activity giving foodies a chance to discover new recipes, unique spice mixes, infused simple syrups, and the perfect kitchen tools. Wandering between the quaint shops in historic downtown offers you a chance to have a taster at the local winery, a green tea flight, or a hand crafted cocktail. Come fill your cupboards with spices and chocolates and taste buds with memorable flavors!
With every meal you must also consider your beverages. Fort Collins has many unique coffee houses, elaborate teashops, and many malt and spirit options. Cocktail bars and local organic distilleries have recently brought a renewed passion for craft cocktails to the city. Speakeasy settings, live jazz music, and tasty charcuterie boards are the backdrop for artfully created martinis, hi-balls, margaritas and infused cocktails. Establishments dedicated to whiskeys, scotches, rums and vodkas make for wonderful ways to sit and enjoy friendly conversation. Award-winning breweries have put Fort Collins beer on the map, making it Colorado’s largest producer of craft beer. Beer lovers can discover their perfect pairing with beer taster trays at any of the 20 craft breweries, sampling wheat beers, red ales, porters and strong IPAs. Several establishments tap a wealth of local beers and ciders including one that has more than 100 taps!
A sweet tooth is never neglected in Fort Collins. Moist cakes, chocolate flourless tortes, and a simple vanilla ice cream cone are all perfect endings to a great dining experience. Walking along downtown’s sidewalks after dinner will lead you by tempting windows of sweet treats.
The greater food system is important in Fort Collins, from the Rocky Mountain water used to make our beer to locally grass fed beef from our ranches, and our long heritage of agriculture and farming. It is such a passion that there is large cooperative movement to source food for our restaurants allowing for the creativity of chefs to cook seasonally and with organic produce. The foodie movement in Fort Collins yields many tasty adventures!