Food tours help you get to know a destination through its culinary scene, and great photo-ops (on and off the plate) can make those tours truly memorable. Here are five to consider.
Anyone can find a pub serving Guinness and meat pies in Dublin, but this Saturday tour helps visitors dig deeper to find the city’s very best independently owned restaurants. You’ll stroll the historic streets of downtown Dublin to get a true feel for the city and talk to passionate vendors who will serve up samples of uniquely Irish products like locally produced cheese, freshly caught oysters and, of course, Irish whiskey.
Located just outside Banff National Park, the town of Canmore sits among the dramatic Rocky Mountains. On Saturdays, guests of Canmore Food Tours can enjoy nine tastings—including local beers, Canadian wines, Alberta-made artisanal chocolates, organic flatbreads and bison dishes—from local eateries. Afterwards, walk it off with a guided tour through the town while learning about local Canmore history, art and culture.
There are photo-worthy attractions throughout downtown San Francisco, but few places are as striking as the city’s historic Ferry Building. Now a food hall and farmers’ market, it’s home to some of the city’s best food vendors, which collectively tell the story of Northern California cuisine. On this Edible Excursion tour (available Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays) you can sample bites from stalwarts like the Cowgirl Creamery Cheese Shop and the Acme Bread Company, then hop on a cruise to Alcatraz to take in beautiful views of the bay.
With its forests, fjords and towering mountains, Gros Morne National Park possesses a remote and rare kind of beauty. This tour (available Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) takes you through the pretty community of Norris Point within the park, stopping at various restaurants for a progressive four-course dinner that highlights local seafood.
A trip to Nashville isn’t complete without a walk down the city’s Music Mile in the SoBro neighbourhood. On Walk Eat Nashville’s SoBro/Downtown Tour (available Wednesdays and Fridays) you’ll pass by music hot spots and enjoy panoramic views of the city while visiting Southern-style restaurants like Husk, where food is cooked on a hot ember grill and visitors can peek into the “ham closet,” where country-style ham is left to age. Music-lovers can also take an East Nashville tour (available Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays) that includes a stop outside the historic Woodland Studios (now called Acony Records).