Explore Culinary Excellence in British Columbia!
Any proper foodie knows that the best way to spend a vacation is on a culinary tour through a previously unvisited region. By taking a culinary trip through British Columbia, you’ll be privy to some of the best food in the nation and undoubtedly find inspiration for your next dinner party. Here are four of the best culinary trips through the region currently available:
1. Gastown Tasting Tour
For just $115, you’ll spend an amazing evening tasting and sipping your way through the Gastown district of Vancouver, British Columbia. The tour is available Tuesday through Saturday and meets inside Waterfront Station on West Cordova Street.
You’ll stop at a local pub to sample some of the local brews joined by appetizers to stimulate your pallet. Walk through the neighborhood and stop at a craft cocktail bar for a classic cocktail and canapé. You’ll then stroll through a back alley and make two more stops before heading to a modern taberna. Sherry and fabulous deserts round out your evening at one of the neighborhood’s most popular eateries.
2. Gastown Craft Beer ‘n Bites Tour
This tour is dedicated to those that love a fine brew. For $80, guests will sample beers at four distinct locations and be guided by knowledgeable, entertaining hosts. Covering a span of three hours, you’ll enjoy and discuss craft brews alongside a delectable sampling of nibbles.
You’ll find this tour both unique and informative as you are taught about beer history, the brewing process and other aspects of your favorite ales. The tour offers international selections as well as a host of local beers, worthy of any beer lover.
This half-day tour takes guests through five neighborhoods in Vancouver that are known for their fabulous fare. You’ll begin your tour in Chinatown, visiting the Asian market, cheese shops, pasta makers and Italian bakeries. Browse markets, visit merchants and take away one of 218 flavors from the gelato shop.
The tour is cond
ucted by guides well-versed in the food and culture of the region. Highlights of the tour include stops at South China Seas Trading and Oyama Sausage. The tour is large enough to accommodate 20 people, but intimate enough to ensure that you are given the attention you deserve.
4. Salt Spring Island Food Tour
The first stop on this amazing gastronomic journey is Salt Spring’s Farmer’s Market where guests will meet the makers of Salt Spring Island Cheeses. Visit the docks and purchase freshly caught fish that your hosts will store for you until you are ready to return to your hotel.
Chefs will prepare a picnic lunch for guests at the next stop: the only organic winery in the city. Take part in a wine tasting and then take a glass of your favorite onto the patio to enjoy with your lunch. Next on the journey is a trip to an organic farm where guests can learn about the organic farming movement and even take home strategies that can be applied to their own gardens. Your tour will end with a pint of Salt Spring Island’s locally produced ale and a plate of freshly shucked oysters.
British Columbia offers a surprisingly vast array of culinary delights. Any one of these four tours is sure to delight the senses and stimulate the appetite. If you have the time, spend a week in the region, taking part in a different tour each evening. You’re sure to find inspiration in the amazing food and drink you’ll sample along the way.
Shawn Williams is a journalist and blogs for manchesterairporthotels.net, a site where you can find guides on Accommodation near Manchester Airport including hotels at terminal 1, 2 and 3. She enjoys finding unique culinary adventures on her travels!