Vancouver Food Tour – British Columbia

Badge of Awesome Communities invites you to share your favourite things to see and do in cool destinations around the world. We caught up with the folks from Vancouver Food Tour — one of our featured attractions from British Columbia — to learn about what they have to offer.

What makes Vancouver Food Tour awesome?

Vancouver Food Tour: We create memories! We encourage learning while eating and drinking, making it a culturally rich experience...and fun 🙂

Our tours are appealing to travelers who love good food and drink, because they offer a diverse and relevant taste of the community. Guests experience a sampling of locally sourced and sustainable ingredients, while discussing the basic principles of how to identify and pair taste characteristics and flavour profiles. These take-aways enhance the guest experience and are always part of their shareable moments.

We tempt and delight palettes with a delicious discovery of Vancouver neighbourhoods, visiting multiple local restaurants, with the focus on pairing local chef’s signature dishes with BC wine, craft brews and innovative cocktails in a three-hour epicurean escapade that includes historical insights of the community.

We have a few different walking food tours offered in neighbouring downtown communities:

Our Gastown Tasting Tour is a three-hour, progressive dinner, walking tour. Guests can expect to sample a diverse array of unique offerings, while learning about the history of Gassy Jack, the Steamclock and Blood Alley. We offer public tours every day at 5pm, with Friday and Saturday starting at 4 pm. Food and beverage pairings include: sangria with lebanese tasting plate; whiskey sour with crab cake and watermelon cucumber salad; a flight of BC wine paired with locally made charcuterie and cheese; a  local beer flight paired with individual tasting bites, with a focus of lager, ale and cider.

The Modern Chinatown Tasting Tour is not a dim sum tour 🙂 It is a similar three-hour dining experience, but with more family-style tastings and casual eateries. This tour starts at Dr Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden with a quick introduction to Chinatown and its history. Guests will be immersed in Chinatown's rich history, while sampling the current culinary scene. Offerings include a gluten-free deep-fried chicken paired with a choice of local cider or beer; a slice of Vegan pizza paired with choice of red or white wine; two legacy restaurants serving innovative and classic cocktails, each paired with chef's daily creations. This tour will delight and amaze your senses.

 Crossing two neighbourhoods, the Vancouver Vegan Food Tour is a culinary caper that starts in Gastown at one of Vancouver's most popular vegetarian restaurants and visits four other locations, including a vegan gelato and the Vegan Supply store.  This is priced lower and only offers two alcoholic pairings. Guests can expect to sample the following items: a gluten-free, crispy tamarind cauliflower paired with local draft beer or cider; vegan pizza slice with choice or red or white wine; an incredibly healthy salad bowl with tempeh and soy hummus served with a locally made Kombucha tea; a sweet non-dairy gelato; and finish off with short demonstration with samples at a Vegan Supply store (guests get $5 to spend).

Hungry to learn more? Visit the Vancouver Food Tour website for all the delicious details.

Josh Martin
Josh Martin is the founder and chief blogger at Badge of Awesome. He lives in southwestern Ontario, Canada and is the author of "Misadventure Musings: Lessons learned from life's awesome and absurd moments" and "Going on a Bear Hunt: Five things cancer taught me about overcoming obstacles."

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