I don’t think there is any better way to get to know a local culture than by learning about the local food scene be that in Italy or in Ireland, Mexico or the Maldives. This also holds true in places where the culture has grown out of a blending of many different countries, even continents as immigrants moved around the world taking their cultural traditions  and of course, cuisines, with them.

Miami Food Tour, South Beach Food Tour

Wherever I travel I’m always on the look out for local cookery lessons or food tours so when Miami Culinary Tours offered to give one of my readers a pair of free tickets to one of their tours I had to say yes please on your behalf.

The winner will be able to choose between the following two tasty tours taken with a local guide.

South Beach Food Tour

Visiting 7 or 8 different places for tastings you’ll enjoy the best cuisine from Miami’s melting pot – tuck into handmade Columbian empanada, savour the taste of old Havana with a range of classic Cuban dishes and from a third generation Argentinian bakery enjoy “a delicate pillow of shredded chicken with spices folded into the family’s famous buttery, flaky dough with avocado and cilantro sauce”. Oh boy! All this and more followed by a sweet treat from a historic Jewish delicatessen and last but not least, from an award-winning Italian gelateria, the best gelato in town!

On your way, you’ll also learn about the dramatic, inspiring history and see the unique architecture of the Art Deco district. Sounds good to me!

Miami Food Tours

Little Havana Food Tour

Alternatively, on the Little Havana tour discover one of Miami’s oldest neighbourhoods, visiting family run restaurants to get the story behind the food while you taste the best Cuban cuisine the area has to offer, listen to traditional music and learn about the community’s spiritual beliefs. Designed for both locals and visitors alike wanting to learn about the area’s history and culture while tasting Cuban foods that have been prepared by the same families from recipes handed down through the generations.

To be in with a chance to win all you have to do is like ‘Travel With Kat’ on Facebook in the widget below or complete one of the other options available such as tweeting about this giveaway. To maximise your chance do them all and you can tweet it every day until the deadline, just remember to fill in your tweets url in the widget!

You can enter no matter where you live but it is down to you to get yourself and your guest to Miami. The winner will have until September 2014 to take the tour so if you live in Miami or think you might visit there in the coming year, enter now!

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I’d dearly love to do both tours but for me the Little Havana tour, with some Cuban music in the mix, sounds perfect. Which would you choose?

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