Join a food-loving local guide and explore the St. Lawrence Market, named by National Geographic as one of the “Best Food Markets” in the world.
Your tour will begin with an introduction to Old Town Toronto, the neighbourhood where this tour takes place. Your local tour guide will walk you past Berczy Park which features a stunning new fountain, on the way to one of their favourite coffee shops for a brew of your choice (coffee or tea), and then to a little sandwich shop nearby which is reputed to have the very best apple cake in the world. You can decide for yourself after a taste of it! It’s a truly local spot we love introducing our guests to.
After, you’ll make your way to St. Lawrence Market where you will learn about the origin of Toronto’s official signature food: the peameal bacon sandwich, which is a must-try food in the market. Celebrity chefs from Emeril to Anthony Bourdain have bitten into one of these, and now it’s your turn.
Time will be spent inside St. Lawrence Market visiting vendors on the two retail levels and sampling foods that have played an important role in the cultures of immigrants who settled here over the past two centuries, as well as foods that have become so common in this region it’s often a shock for locals to learn some of their favourites are virtually unknown outside of Ontario!
Each stop is a chance for your guide to tell you a little piece of Canadian history and about how the food fits into the cultural landscape of Canada and within their own lives. Each stop also offers the opportunity to interact with vendors, ask questions, and learn even more from the experts! Foods of your tour can include butter tarts, mustard and pretzel sticks, ginger ale, Montreal-style bagels, cheese curds, pierogis, maple candy, and more!
The final stop on the tour will be a local pub which has been around for decades. This spot not only serves the popular French-Canadian dish known as poutine; they do a variation on it which shows the creativity that comes with being unbeholden to any specific culinary tradition! By the end of this tour, you will not only have a better understanding of what Canadian food is, but also a little bit about what it means to be Canadian!
This is a truly delicious Canadian experience that you don’t want to miss while in Toronto.