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“Delicious, and informative…a very unique and wonderful way to experience local cuisine, glimpse more deeply the rich history of the area. Worth it!”~Trip Advisor review
Taste Detours are food and drink tours with a heritage twist. On these flavourful tours we introduce you to our local, independent food people and places. In between these tasting stops we spotlight history, architecture, and culture — step bite step.
We are telling the stories of the people and the places that give Wellington County its flavour, through the cuisine that gives this slice of Southwestern Ontario its magic.
To the Core Food Tour
You’ll be asked to confirm that you’ve read this waiver before your tour.
We’re lunching with a food and drink tour that gets right to the heart of things in downtown Guelph and learning the very notion of how this place began. Sample an Atmospheric specialty, and grab a taste of Chile; eat sweet treats on a sweet street, maybe get a little cheesy, refresh yourself with cold-pressed juice, melt into a pastry that is oh so French, and taste historic Canadian flavours.
You’ll enjoy our regional cuisine and learn about the people behind the restaurants, pubs, and specialty food shops. Along the way, your guide will share some little-known history of the area and point out cultural landmarks. See what Guelph used to be and consider where we’re going next. You can relax with the knowledge that we’ve taken care of the tab, tips, and taxes for our vendors and their staff.
*Please note, due to COVID recovery, some stops may alter but you will be visiting at least 6 of our downtown Guelph food and drink champions on this tour.
This is NOT a gluten/wheat-free tour. Vegetarians can be accommodated. But hey, take us up on creating a special vegan tour for your group of 6+!
Some of the Taste Detours Stops
Atmosphere Cafe +Etc. | Wellington Cakes | Miijidaa cafe + bistro | Eric the Baker | Sweet Cheeses | Guelph Farmers’ Market | Killer Cupcakes | Laza Food & Beverages | Rodolfo’s Rebel Foods Salsateria |
*Restaurant selections may vary due to unexpected closures, the day of the week, and availability.
Food Tour Guelph Details
WHEN: Select Saturdays for the monthly PUBLIC tour. Private tours can have alternate dates and stops.
TIME: Tours depart at 11:30
Don’t be late! We depart precisely on time.
WHAT’S INCLUDED: $95 + HST and a small admin fee for credit charges. All taxes, tips for restaurants, food & beverage tastings including alcohol. Enough for a lovely lunch! This price may vary for curated, private tours.
WHO: All fitness levels, the tour is under 1km in length
WHAT TO WEAR: Comfortable clothing and shoes
WEATHER CONDITIONS: The tour takes place rain or shine or (ack!) snow
MEETING POINT: Saturdays: We’ll meet at the Guelph Farmers’ Market, 2 Gordon Street by the deer sculptures! On other days of the week, we meet at Old City Hall.
You can park at the new Wilson Street Lot. $3 for the whole day!
*We discourage single-use plastic water bottles on our tours. Consider bringing your own refillable bottle but rest assured that there will be many opportunities to quench your thirst on the tour.