The Story Behind Taste Frederick

It all began with a blog.  When life brought Sarah back to her hometown of Frederick, Maryland and an apartment right in the heart of the historic downtown neighborhood, she began to take note of the blossoming culinary scene. However, it was a trip to New York City that included Foods of New York’s Greenwich Village Tour that ultimately inspired her to start Frederick’s first food tasting and cultural walking tour company.

Carroll-Creek-EventMouth-watering food tastings are the foundation of the tour, but as long-time Frederick residents, we also possess our share of local knowledge. Besides sampling food from fantastic local restaurants and specialty food shops, our tour participants receive a hearty portion of the history, culture, architecture, entertainment and restaurant offerings that are available beyond just our tour stops. Our goal is to infuse everyone with the excitement and confidence to return and take advantage of the wide range of food and cultural options downtown Frederick has to offer.

We’re very proud to be able to provide these tours that offer something for locals and visitors alike. In addition to our public tours, Taste Frederick Food Tours offers Private Downtown Frederick Group Food Tours and Frederick Food Tour Gift Certificates are available.

Taste Frederick’s passionate and friendly tour guides are proud to share our passion, knowledge and culinary discoveries with you on our tours. We can’t wait for you to Taste your way through Frederick with us. When we’re not giving tours you can find even more inspiration on the Taste Frederick Blog.

Tour Guides

Jackie headshot webJackie Mercer is passionate about food, family and Frederick. Originally from Chicago, she and her husband moved to Maryland in 1986. They settled in Howard County, where they raised their 2 children. As an at-home mom, she pursued her food hobby with gusto – cooking, eating, sharing and dishing – even going to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition for two years to learn about healthy eating habits. She and her husband fell in love with Frederick and after their children moved out they sold their house and bought a home in downtown Frederick in 2012. She has spent her time doing extensive “research” on the local culinary scene and exploring the local history. She is a Certified Tourism Ambassador through the Tourism Ambassador Institute, but she likes to refer to herself as a Culinary Adventure Specialist as well. Her background in restaurant work and as Director of Sales and Marketing for several organizations have helped her hone her skills as a Tour Guide. When she is not leading tours, she is usually conducting more “research” in and around Frederick or cooking meals with her family.

Jessica headshot webJessica McHugh is always on the hunt for inspiration, which often brings her to the amazing restaurants and bars of downtown Frederick. She grew up in nearby Carroll County, but loving the balance between the city and down-home charm possessed by Frederick, she moved to town in 2003 and hasn’t looked back. When she’s not escorting folks up and down her favorite streets in the world, Jessica works as a novelist and short story writer, and she can often be found writing downtown. Whether soaking up the sun as she enjoys locally brewed beer on a patio, or cloistering herself inside while sampling the seasonal fare at her favorite restaurants, she loves everything Frederick has to offer. With 12 published novels and 3 more coming in 2014, Jessica will need to draw even more inspiration from the downtown area, and she looks forward to sharing her knowledge and love of Frederick with everyone she can.

Although she’s originally from Baltimore, Ann Truelove loves Frederick and has lived here for 15 years. She considers herself a Fredericktonian and can’t help but soak up all of the incredible history and love of Frederick. She also has a passion for eating of course! Living downtown, she and her family have easy access to all the great restaurants, shops and events in the area. I don’t travel very far from Frederick much anymore, but when she has, most of what she remembers about her travels is the food. Besides eating, she also loves to garden and cook! Her little urban garden continually surprises her with a bounty of herbs and vegetables each summer. Her favorite foodie is Anthony Bourdain and favorite not-so-famous Fredericktonian is Mary Quantrell.