Vancouver's Best Food Tours Slideshow
December 6, 2012
Beer Makes History Better Tour
Granville Island Market Tour
Don your headset for Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts’ Granville Island Market Tour. Led by a chef instructor, guests explore what is grown, fished, and cooked fresh in the island’s bustling Public Market. During the 90-minute walking tour, participants learn historical tidbits and recipe tips. The CA$40 (US$40.34)-tour includes a tote bag, coffee or tea, and a baked treat. For CA$20 (US$20.17) visitors can get a buffet lunch with a wine flight at the culinary school after the tour.
Taste your way through Vancouver’s Chinatown neighborhood — the third largest in North America — with Edible Canada’s Chinatown Tour. During this two-hour walking tour, guests learn about the neighborhood’s history while sampling barbecue meats, exotic fruits, teas, and baked goods; get tips for food preparation; and receive recipes. The CA$65 (US$65.54)-tour culminates with a dim sum lunch.
Thirsty? Explore Gastown’s explosive craft beer scene on the Gastown Tasting Tour, hosted by Vancouver Food Tour. The three-hour walking tour begins at a local brew pub with a tasting of three beers with appetizers. After stops at a craft cocktail bar and wine tasting in one of the area’s cobblestone back alleys, the tour culminates with a tapas and pintxos paired with sherry. Offered Tuesdays through Saturdays, the tour is CA$99 (US$99.83).
Catch and Cook Crab Tour
Led by a fishing guide and chef, Swallow Tail Tours’ Catch and Cook Crab Tour teaches participants to catch and cook Dungeness crab. The daylong tour starts with setting traps in the morning and culminates with a lesson in preparing garlic crab and lunch on the beach. Even if you don’t catch a crab, the group still gets lunch on the CA$139 (US$140.16)-tour.
Tantalize your taste buds on the two-hour Taste Vancouver Food Tours' Gastown Tour. Led by "Gassy Jack," (the nickname for the late Canadian bar owner John Deighton who loved to tell stories and for whom the bar-filled neighborhood is named), guests learn about the history and culture of this historic neighborhood while visiting 10 of Gassy’s favorite eateries. Highlights include trying lobster mac and cheese, West Coast crabcakes, and pulled pork on the CA$39 (US$39.33)-tour.
Cycling Culinary Tour
Burn some calories while cycling and tasting your way through Vancouver’s diverse neighborhoods with Cycle City Tours' Food Tour. The CA$99 (US$99.83), four-hour tour begins with sampling food from food carts in downtown Vancouver followed by a tour of Granville Island’s Public Market and Chinatown and concludes with a stop at a community garden in the Downtown Eastside and a ride through Gastown.
Guilty Pleasures Gourmet Tour
Experience five of downtown Vancouver’s popular eateries with Vancouver Foodie Tours’ Guilty Pleasures Gourmet Tour. The CA$69 (US$69.58), three-hour tour includes five courses, 14 tastings, and three wine, beer, and sake pairings with stops at Kirin Chinese Restaurant for dim sum, Sutton Place Wine Merchant for wine tasting, Hubbub for a pulled pork sandwich and beer pairing, and ShuRaku Sake Bar and Bistro forsalmon and sake.