Aiken Bites and Sites

Aiken Bites and Sites


We had a great time on the Aiken Bites and Sites Sampling Tour today. It was far more than bites! After four restaurant stops we are pleasantly stuffed. Bill was a fantastic tour guide and although we've been in Aiken over a decade, we learned info we hadn't known before. A fun afternoon.
1st stop on the signature tour of Aiken bites and sites!
Kamur is always provides our tour guest with the opportunity to sample his menu, which for those who have never experienced indian cuisine it is something which will bring them back😃
We can always count on something good being served to tour guest from The PIzza Joint
Our Signature tour starts off with guests enjoying a local favorites at Betsy Round the Corner
Aiken Ice Cream is a favorite Bites & Sites stop on our Signature tour😍
Great time on the food tour!
Check out Aiken Bites & Sites "Dog Days of Summer" promotion - But 1 get 1 1/2 off - now thru 8/31/19
Had a wonderful day touring the downtown area with a little history and then trying out some of the restaurants. We tried places I normally would not venture into and was amazed at what they had to offer. This tour is well worth it and everyone should try it whether you live here or just visiting.
Fun, delicious and informative! Don't miss it!
Join us for a great tasting experience in Downtown Aiken on June 29th and every Saturday after that. We will be walking around Aiken and enjoying 7 different tasting locations. Book your tour with friends now.

We are passionate about Aiken and love its story. Bite into a unique tasting experience led by our knowledgeable guides. Enjoy Aiken's food scene while learning about Aiken's colorful past and make new friends on a walking food tour.

[05/17/20]   To friends and followers of Aiken Bites & Sites due to the coronavirus outbreak and the uncertainty of group activities and our restaurant partner operations, Aiken Bites & Sites will be discontinuing our business effective immediately. The requirements of social distancing and restaurant limited capacity makes the future food tours difficult at best.

Anyone who purchased a gift certificate and has an unused balance will receive a full refund in the near future, Sandy and I who like to thank all those who were a part of our tours in the past and hope everyone stays safe during these uncertain and unique times.

Did you know Benjamin Franklin was the first to propose daylight savings time in 1784, but it was not implemented until after World War II. A recipe for fun is food and friends – Why not make some new friends on a food tour.
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Do you know what a food tour is? A food tour involves walking around a neighborhood, going into shops and restaurants to try various foods, and hearing both about the foods themselves and how they fit into the city's culture.

How much does a food tour cost? Often food tours will cost between $35-70 per person.

Are food tours worth it? You can certainly go to restaurants and try the local cuisine on your own, but a food tour goes way beyond ordering things from a menu. ... Food Tours are worth booking because food is such a big part of what makes the culture the way it is…and they're so much fun!

First time ever as a part of the Joye in Aiken celebration. A custom walking food tour paired with world class musical entertainment. What could be better? Great food and premier musical performances. Book your tour at https://www.joyeinaiken.coml limited spots available.

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One again Aiken Bites & Sites board member (Trixie) is drafted into selecting the winner of our recent Valentine's contest. Congratulations to Tamera Weeks. 🥰

One again Aiken Bites & Sites board member (Trixie) is drafted into selecting the winner of our recent Valentine's contest. Congratulations to Tamera Weeks. 🥰

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It’s not too late to give that special someone a unique experience this Valentine’s Day.
We still have openings on our special Valentine’s Signature Food Tour on Saturday 2/15 starting at 10:45 AM. Go to to book a tour or like us on Facebook for a chance to win a free night’s stay at the Inn at Houndslake and a Food Tour.

Our two silent board members (Trixie & Zorro) wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day and wanted to remind you, if you’re looking for a special gift this year. Why not consider a Walking Food Tour – history, culture and food shared with new or old friends. – Gift Certificates available in any denomination - Go to

Share this post for more chances to win! Anyone who registers for our tour on February 15 will receive a special Valentines treat!!

If your date nights have been a little dull lately, we have the cure! Enter to win a tour and a night at The Inn at Houndslake! Like us, love us, and you could WIN!!

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Join us this Saturday and taste super food, meet new people and learn more about Aiken. It’s going to be a SUPER weekend!

[01/28/20]   Who is your pick for the Big Game this weekend? And if you aren’t a football fan, what are you doing instead of watching the game?

[01/27/20]   Looking for a special something for your favorite valentine? Why not join us on a walking food tour - History, culture and tasting locations with other guest.
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Thoroughbred Country South Carolina

Have you heard about the latest way to tour Aiken? Come on, enjoy Aiken's food scene while learning about Aiken's colorful past. Aiken Bites and Sites
More ideas on things to see & do in Thoroughbred Country, SC available 24/7/365 - #DiscoverSC

After Weeks and Weeks of NFL, we finally have a game set for Sunday! Kick off your Big Game weekend with a Food Tour with your friends! Reserve your spot today!

Joye In Aiken

As part of Joye in Aiken, we will be hosting TWO food tours! Enjoy the arts, learn more about Aiken and eat some incredible food! Aiken celebrates the arts in an amazing way! More information to come! Joye in Aiken is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making the best in the performing arts available to our citizens, and especially our students. In 2016, Joye was awarded the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award (South Carolina’s highest honor in the arts) for its Educational Outreach Program. 

Thank you for the shout out Thoroughbred Country!! Come tour with us!!

Have you heard about the latest way to tour Aiken? Come on, enjoy Aiken's food scene while learning about Aiken's colorful past. Aiken Bites and Sites
More ideas on things to see & do in Thoroughbred Country, SC available 24/7/365 - #DiscoverSC

Why Taking a Food Tour While Traveling Might Be the Best Idea Ever Food lovers can research a destination until the cows come home (and until the butter’s churned, and slathered on a thick-cut piece of freshly made bread, but we digress). But will it result in amazing food experiences? Not always. Especially in a location where the language is a challenge, or whe...

If one of your resolutions for 2020 is to enjoy the people you love, our tours are a great way to do exactly that. Spend time in 2020 with friends and family, making memories, enjoying fabulous food and learning about Aiken! Visit our events link to learn about upcoming tours!

Thank you to everyone in Aiken for welcoming us so warmly and to everyone who joined us on a tour in 2019! Enjoy this wonderful season!

Happy Holidays

An Aiken Bites & Sites experience is the perfect gift! You can purchase tickets or enter an amount of your choice. Our gift certificates never expire and can be redeemed for ANY future tour. With every purchase you will be entered into our holiday drawing for a chance to win a tour for two.

'Tis the Season for Giving: New Survey Reveals Gifting Experiences On the Rise - Eventbrite US Blog

Did you know that “Experience Gifts” are becoming more popular to give over material things? We sell gift certificates for our culinary tours at Every holiday season, people spend countless hours shopping online or at a crowded mall trying to come up with the perfect gift for their family and friends. The good news for gift-givers (and receivers) is that the preference for experiences over material “things” has been growing in popularity...

Best friends for over fifty years, these two ladies shared a fun time on a recent walking food tour with Aiken Bites & Sites.

Aiken Bites & Sites Board meets with Santa. Trixie wants to remind everyone to buy a gift certificate for a walking food tour and get a chance to win a free tour for two before Christmas.

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Need a gift for someone and want a chance to win something for yourself? Santa has you covered!

What a great way to finish a walking food tour, a visit with Santa at Flanigan's Ice Cream

Food, Glorious Food!

Food, Glorious Food!

About Us (And Our Silent Partners!)

Bill Ferris and Sandy Petsch are co-owners and operators of Aiken Bites & Sites. After many years living in the Cincinnati, OH area, the couple relocated to Aiken in April of 2018 upon Bill’s retirement. Their marriage is truly made in heaven as Sandy loves to cook and Bill loves to eat.

While not natives to the South, both Bill & Sandy have enjoyed the more laid-back lifestyle and warmer weather that South Carolina offers. While travelling the couple tries to take in a food tour wherever they go. It’s a great way to become immersed in the culture and try various foods indigenous to the area.

Bill is new to the retirement scene after spending 47 years in quality control at various manufacturing locations. He feels he is not ready for an easy chair or playing golf every day. Sandy’s background includes teaching, insurance underwriting and accounts receivable besides owning and operating two small business ventures.

Upon relocating to Aiken, the couple found that Aikenites enjoy a rich and vibrant downtown area not evident in many surrounding towns. All Aiken is missing is their own walking food tour.

The parent company, Z-T Tours LLC is named in honor of their two dogs, Zorro and Trixie. They are very silent partners. Aiken Bites & Sites is the perfect name for what the tour is all about.

Bill is responsible for the research on the history and culture of Aiken and will be leading the majority of the tours, at least in the beginning. Sandy’s role will be working with the food partners to ensure the best possible tasting experience for the guests.

Our mission for Aiken Bites and Sites is “Together let’s share Aiken’s flavors, history and culture though a solid partnership that provides a high-quality customer /guest experience.”

Thanks for your interest in Aiken Bites and Sites and we hope to meet you on a tour.

Z-T Tours, LLC P.O. Box 352 New Ellenton, SC 29809

833-901-FOOD (3663)

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