Visiting Toronto? Have a passion for ethnic and gourmet foods? Then a guided walking food tour might be right ingredient to a memorable holiday. Food tours have become a popular tourism activity in both American and Canadian urban centers and with good reason – what better way to experience a city than a walk with 8 or 10 stops along the way to sample local food specialties and learn first hand from local chefs and food enthusiasts.

In Toronto, there are a number of food tour companies offering tours.

Tasty Tours

Tasty Tours’ food tours are geared to those with a sweet tooth. Founder, Audrey Ooi, leads walking tours which are dedicated to sweets – chocolates, cupcakes, pastries – and take you to bakeries, chocolate shops and more, where you get to sample goodies while learning the story behind the treats. Example tours are: Kensington Market Sweets Tour (which runs about 2 hours and costs $30./person) or Trinity Bellwoods Chocolate Tour (which runs about 3 hours and costs $35./person).

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Cupcakes are one of the sweets on Tasty Tours walking tours in Toronto

Chow Bella Food Tours

Spend an afternoon with Chow Bella founder, Trina Hendry, exploring in Toronto’s trendy Queen and King West neighborhoods by taking a guided walking food tour. The 3-hour Chocolate and Cheese tour ($65.) includes stops at a modern tea boutique, a ‘cupcakes-only’ shop, a creperie, a gourmet cheese restaurant and an artisan chocolate factory.

chocolate and cheese tasting walking food tours by Chow Bella in Toronto, Canada

Chocolate and cheese walking food tours by Chow Bella,

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Culinary Adventure Company

Winner of the 2012 Ontario Tourism Award for Best Culinary Tourism Experience, Culinary Adventure Company, is owned and operated by professional chef, Scott Savoie. Culinary Adventure Company is more than just a food tours business – in addition to offering food tours in both Toronto and Buffalo, NY, it also has cooking classes, plus a variety of Culinary Adventures – one which includes mushroom foraging.

In Toronto, there are four distinctly different food tours offered. Little India Food & Cultural Walking Tour ($69.), in “Little India” along Gerrard Street East on Thursday evenings from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm; the 3-hour Discover Greektown on the Danforth Food & Cultural Walking Tour ($69.) on Saturdays starting at 11:30 am; and the Riverside/Leslieville Food & Cultural Walking Tour ($69.) along Queen Street East for four hours every Saturday starting at 11:00 am. If you’re interested in combining dinner with a tour, there’s the Chef’s Tour of ‘Little Italy’ ($149. Dinner Tour) every Wednesday from 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm.

Culinary Adventure Company founder Scott Savoie food tour Leslieville Toronto walking tour

Culinary Adventure Company founder Scott Savoie takes a group to Olive + Olives during a walking food tour in Leslieville, along Queen Street East in Toronto

Foodies On Foot

This foodie firm offers five different culinary tours. The standby, walking food tour, Favorites Food Tour, where the guides take you along to their favorite food gourmet and specialty food stores during a 3 to 5 hour walking tour in downtown Toronto. If walking isn’t your thing or you want a different mode of tour, they offer a 5-hour 501 Street Car Food Tour where you ride Toronto streetcars along Queen Street to get to food destinations along the tour. The 501 Queen Streetcar route is the longest surface route (24.8 kilometres (15.4 miles) in North America AND one of the longest in the world, running across Toronto from the east-west. This streetcar food tour will take you through many distinct Toronto neighborhoods, and will have 6 stops as we visit 6 different neighborhoods.

Foodies On Foot are one of the few firms to offer a family-oriented food tour that encouraging bringing younger children. The tour called Mommy and Me, led by Foodies on Foot co-founder, Gloria ?, and her 9 year old daughter, Victoria takes you on a family friendly culinary adventure through the city. In this family friendly culinary experience which runs 2.5 – 3 hours, visits are to several fun and “playful” establishments that have been pre-approved by both Victoria and Gloria. There is no age minimum for this tour but tickets are required for children older than 3.


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