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We believe the best way to experience Carlsbad Village is through food because food tells the story of a neighborhood’s people, history and culture. Whenever we travel, food tours top our list of favorite things to do! Carlsbad Food Tours was born out of our love of fine wines and delicious food and traveling. After traveling and experiencing food tours in other cities, we decided to make our way back home to Southern California and bring the world of Food Tours to our community. Carlsbad Food Tours is a historic walking tour in Carlsbad that was started in North San Diego County in 2014. We became the first guided culinary and wine walking tour in Carlsbad Village. We are focused on helping visitors and Carlsbad residents alike enjoy the best “off-the-beaten-path” food and cultural experience possible. Eat like a local and enjoy a taste of Carlsbad!

Our mission is to share joy & kindness with every bite!


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2021-2024 Kindness Certified Company:

We are thrilled to announce we are now a #KindnessCertifiedCompany! As we
commit to being good to our people, community, planet and world, we hope
others will also be inspired to join us in spreading kindness.

 

 

 


2023 Congratulation to Carlsbad Food Tours for winning: Viator Experience Award: Top 10 Food Tours and Experiences

Viator Experiences Awards recognizes top experiences in special interest categories based on the quality and quantity of reviews and ratings on Viator over a 12-month period. Your product is one of only 10 selected from your region!

Winning Experience(s):

Carlsbad Food Tour and Wine Tasting Category: Top Food Tour or ExperienceViator Experiences Awards recognizes top experiences in special interest categories based on the quality and quantity of reviews and ratings on Viator over a 12-month period. Your product is one of only 10 selected from your region! Winning Experience(s): 10369P2 Carlsbad Food Tour and Wine Tasting Category: Top Food Tour or Experience Region: USA

Region: USA 2023

 

 


2017 Woman-owned Small Business Award with the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce

Cherimarie Poulos owner of Carlsbad Food Tours won “Women-Owned Small Business Award 2017”. The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce created their annual small business awards as a way to recognize the accomplishments of small-business owners.

Woman-owned Small Business Award Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Award 2017Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Small Business Award Recipients

 


2023 Influential Women in Carlsbad – Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Business Journal

https://issuu.com/carlsbadchamberofcommerce/docs/cbj_0323_influentialwomen_web


CanvasRebel Magazine

2022 Canvas Rebel Interview: Meet Cherimarie Poulos

Conversations with Entrepreneurs, Artists & Creatives


Carlsbad: People, Purpose and Impact podcast

2022 Carlsbad: People, Purpose and Impact podcast:

Ep. 26 Taste & See Carlsbad on a Carlsbad Food Tour feat. Cheri Poulos

 

 

 

 


Taste Trekkers

5 Questions with Cherimarie Poulos of Carlsbad Food Tours

 

 

 


2020 Interview Molé Mama Cooking with Love: Carlsbad Food Tour Founder Cherimarie Poulos


2020 Hello Dorsey Podcast:Hello C.S. Dorsey

Ep. #16 : Sample Local Carlsbad Cuisine With Cherimarie Poulos

 

 

 


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EAT LIKE A LOCAL WITH THE INSIDE SCOOP FROM CARLSBAD FOOD TOURS

 

 


2019 SD VOYAGER

SAN DIEGO’S MOST INSPIRING STORIES:  Meet Cherimarie Poulos of Carlsbad Food Tours


 


2015 GFTA: Global Food Tour AssociationGFTA

GFTA’s mission is to ensure Food Tourism professionals thrive globally. Initially seeking mutual professional support on the heels of Food Tour Pros vast network, GFTA launched the Global Food Tourism Conference (GFTC) starting in Chicago in 2015, an annual event attracting business owners, CEOs, managers, support staff, tour leaders, buyers, national tourism boards and more from all corners of the world.

 

 

 

 


carlsbad-food-tours2014 Carlsbad Food Tour Opening Date

 

 

 

 


2013 Food Tour Pros  food tour pros

Workshop for new business owners starting a food tour


CarmelFoodTours LogoCarmel Food Tours First Food Tour visited, which began the vision…

 

 

Meet the Team

Cherimarie Poulos

Owner & Founder

Cherimarie Poulos aka Mrs. Carlsbad is the OWNER AND FOUNDER.  Born & raised in California. She has lived in San Diego over 30 years, her children were born in the area. She has a strong connection to Carlsbad, in fact one of her daughters was Miss Carlsbad 2005 (Stacy Poulos).

So, she voted herself to be Mrs. Carlsbad. Now the Chief Foodie and Founder of Carlsbad Food Tours! She loves Carlsbad and is happy to share her knowledge about the local history and great eateries in the Carlsbad Village.

She is also a community champion and as such won the 2017 Woman-owned Small Business Award with the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce.

Brad Poulos

Director of Marketing & CFO

Brad Poulos was born and raised in Chicago. So he knows what great food is all about! He moved to San Diego over 20 years ago. He has had a very successful 30 year career in Marketing. He now serves as our Marketing Director & Chief Financial Officer.

David Jenson

Lead Tour Guide

David previously worked for 20th Century Fox Studio creating movies. He’s currently working as a Tour Guide with Walk the City Tours. He’s also a member of the JourneyBirds Band.

Ben Mastracco

Tour Guide

Food Coach at Ben Mastracco Food Coaching. Recipe developer, blogger and comedian. Creator of Comedy Kitchen, a YouTube channel featuring quick and healthy chef inspired recipes for the home cook, with a unique comedic twist.

Eat healthier, laugh harder & be happier is his motto.

Ben mastracco Food Coach – Plant-based Eating

 

Tour Guide/Hollywood Western Stuntman/Whiskey Aficionado

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