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Fresh Eats, Chocolate Treats & Tailgate Feasts in South Bend

The South Bend Farmers Market has been open since 1924 and is now one of the Midwest’s largest indoor markets. Enjoy a meal prepared with seasonal produce and fresh market meats and cheeses in the café.

Get the inside scoop on making chocolate at the South Bend Chocolate Factory Tour and Chocolate Museum. The tour features an informative video, artifact museum, factory tour and samples. The factory even houses a café and factory shop for additional tasting pleasures!

Walk the legendary University of Notre Dame campus, home to the world famous Fighting Irish. Come early for a football game and plan to bring your grill and friends along to tailgate. Take the campus tour for a lesson about historical sites like the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the Golden Dome and the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes. The tour begins at the Eck Visitors Center with a brief video.

Not far from Notre Dame is the Carriage House Dining Room, a AAA Four Diamond restaurant housed in a historic 1851 church. The cuisine is high-style international, featuring classic recipes using traditional French preparation methods. Plan two weeks ahead and bring six or more people to enjoy a multiple-course “culinary tour” of the U.S., California, Tuscany or France.