We enjoy going on food tours during trips so much! This is our second visit to Vancouver and made sure we booked a food tour! For every city, country, state, we go to, there is a different type of food. Being on food tours just makes us go on more because of all the different kinds of taste we try and the history we learn in each dish.
There are a few food tours available in Vancouver but we went with Vancouver Foodie Tours. They offer four different tours; we went with the Granville Island Market Tour which was a fantastic Christmas tour. The Granville Market was full of beautiful Christmas lights and decorations along with unique dishes that tasted like the holidays.
Quick info about the tour:
+ 2 hours for the tour
+ Starts at $56.99 per person
+ Children 3-12 years old is $10 off
+ Tours available all year round
We started off by arriving at the ‘meet-up’ point which is next to the Vancouver Foodie Tours flag on the island. Once our tour guide gathered everyone, we were given a name sticker, did a quick icebreaker to get to know everyone, and immediately started off with the restaurants at our meeting point. Here’s an order of our visit and what we had for each location:
Edible Canada, which is the largest culinary tourism company in Canada, focused on showcasing local ingredients and Canadian cuisine. We had their Falafel Veggie plate and it was so tasty! The hummus underneath it all was amazing!
JJ Bean is one of the best spots for coffee and the second stop on the tour. JJ Bean coffee is freshly roasted within days of being served. We enjoyed a small cup of coffee as our sample! Fun fact: You can’t have an established business on the island if you aren’t a resident of Vancouver and your business had to have started within the city. Therefore, Starbucks was unable to set up shop.
Next stop, we headed over to A Bread Affair where we had the most delicious cookie, Ginger Molasses. We also had some cranberry baguette inside the bread bag which we paired with the next food stop.
Oyama Sausage offered us a taste of their charcuterie samples. They had the finest meats such as lamb, red wine prosciutto, campagne Parisienne, bison bresaola, truffle salami, and more. While eating these, we paired it with the cranberry baguette from A Bread Affair.
Then we had a taste of Benton Brothers Fine Cheese where we sampled the 5-year village cheddar cheese and Rathtrevor cheese. Along with #1 Orchard ambrosia apples which are an ambrosia for sure – so crunchy and sweet!
This was Mary’s favorite stop – Granville Island Tea Company where we tasted their Masala Chai tea. She loved it so much that we went back after the tour to get a full size (which was a complimentary drink if you do the tour)
We enjoyed this stop since they made the donuts right at the window. Lee’s Donuts is known for its legendary melt-in-your-mouth donuts. They’ve been making donuts for 38 years, locals favorite is the honey-dipped donuts.
Lastly, we tasted a few mixes such as the Noble maple syrup, Almond butter crunch, and Black truffle salt. All the sweets ended the tour perfectly!
After 2 hours, we were very satisfied and wish we could’ve started the tour over again for more! There were a lot of favorites on this tour alone. When we come back to Vancouver, we will definitely book another tour with Vancouver Foodie Tours to try the other tours they offer. If you’re visiting the area or a local that hasn’t tried this tour, we highly suggest doing so!
Vancouver, BC V6B 2Z4, Canada