Local Tasting Tours Satisfies the Appetite
Foodies rejoice! A new Halifax tour is now available, offering a taste of our walkable downtown streets, rich history and (best of all?) tasty cuisine.
Local Tasting Tours is all set to please your palette with walking tours designed to showcase Halifax’s many culinary delights. We’re famous for our seafood – and rightly so – but LTT branches out and shows you more, like thin crust pizza topped with the best local ingredients, flavourful Thai food to waken the taste buds and buttery biscuits made from a chef’s personal family recipe (to name a few). Tastings are chef’s choice and change based on seasonal ingredients, so there’s lots of flavour and lots of variety too. Hungry yet?
The tour begins at the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market – quite fitting considering the role the market plays in stocking kitchens throughout Halifax and beyond with the finest of local products, from produce to dairy to meat. The Market is home to The Fish Shop, where you’ll sample some yummy seafood (maple smoked salmon if you’re lucky!)
LTT owner and guide Emily Forrest will take you on a leisurely stroll through downtown Halifax with stops along the way to satisfy your appetite for tasty treats and quirky bits of trivia – she knows her history! What Emily does best is weave together culinary and historical details into stories of Acadian and Mi’kmaq tradition and food preparation techniques, Halifax brewing expertise, menus served to members of the Royal Family over the years and even a few haunted restaurants. A sample of rum cake is accompanied with a rum running history lesson, as well as a nod to the Old Burying Ground, where supposedly rests an inhabitant who was transported to his final resting place by ship in a barrel of rum for preservation purposes.
90 minute tours run 6 days/week (Tuesdays – Sundays) at 1:30 p.m. at a cost of $25 – a steal if you ask us – until mid-October. You can book online to reserve your spot, or take your chances and show up with cash in hand. Tastings are supplied by:
- The Fish Shop
- Uncommon Grounds
- Talay Thai
- Morris East
- Rum Runners Rum Cake Factory
Whether you’re an adventurous eater or a “meat and potatoes” kind of person, you’ll appreciate this experience through and through. Emily’s passion for what she does is infectious, and you’ll end the tour with a better understanding of Halifax’s booming restaurant scene, talented and hard-working chefs, love of local ingredients…in fact, we think you’ll be a little awed. We all know diets are null and void during vacations, so bring your appetite and a comfy pair of walking shoes, and you’re good to go.