One-Tank Trip for June 9/18
(c) By Jim Fox
The “journey of delicious exploring” is no longer the purview of big cities – it’s coming to a city or town near you.
A fun part of exploring new destinations is to sample the local cuisine to get the flavour of the place.
Take it from “Spicy Jan” (aka Jan Vilaca), owner and guide of Tasty Road Trips, and gourmet food industry veteran, who finds “the buzz of food tours in small towns is catching on.”
Her company’s adventures have now expanded to include Woodstock with tours to “tickle your taste buds whether you are a visitor or have lived here all your life.”
The launch of Tasty Road Trips Food Tours helps to “discover this hub for delicious tastings, unique shops and to learn about the rich history of Woodstock.”
Also offered are tours in St. George and Paris (near Brantford), with an affiliate operator in Peterborough.
It’s “ideal” for visiting family and group tours can be curated for special occasions, team building, sales incentives and educational outings,” Jan said.
The tours of 2-1/2 to 3 hours take in from six to 12 locations with food, shops and cultural stops.
“From chocolate to pizza to seafood to the best guacamole you will ever try, Buddha bowls, fresh oysters and produce tastings, we touch all types of food and experience,” she said.
|Enjoying a slice of pizza at Finkle Street Tap and Grill in Woodstock.|
As well, “some incredible chefs” prepare tastings off the menu just for the tours.
Meredith Maywood, Oxford County’s tourism specialist, said “food tours are full of entertainment, interesting stories and great eats.”
In welcoming Tasty Road Trips, she said the tours “make an excellent activity for couples, friends and singles to explore the great food history of Woodstock.”
Sip, sample and savour
A recent tour called “Explore Woodstock with a Foodie” was called a “delicious adventure” in the city known as the Dairy Capital of Canada.
There was, of course, a sampling of cheese at Fritzie’s Fries from “Fry King” Steve Charron via gourmet poutine prepared especially for the visitors.
|Fritzie’s Fries is a popular stop for poutine on the Tasty tours.|
It consisted of melty cheese curds, gravy and fresh cut fries on the tasting menu.
Over at Habitual Chocolate, owner Philippe Lehner uses cacao beans from around the world that become rich dark chocolate bars.
He also prepared small batch, all-natural ice cream drizzled with dark melted chocolate for sampling.
The tour included wood-fired oven pizza at Finkle Street Tap and Grill to sample, a visit to the farmer’s market, local entrepreneurs including the Record Works and the art gallery.
Each tour has a guide for the group or private tour and takes into account those with food concerns or allergies and the distance walked.
|Habitual Chocolate's Philippe Lehner|
Jan’s first tour was on a snowy day in January with two guests from Toronto who wanted to discover “the sips and samples in small towns,” she said.
“Big city folks are enticed by what a small town has to offer and they always find they return over and over,” she added.
If you indulge
Sharing the passion for food and travel, the company is booking through Tasty Road Trips Food Tours and on the Airbnb Experience Platform.
The cost is between $45 to $55 a person depending on the requirements of the tour (food restrictions, beverage samples, etc.)
Children, aged six to 12, are half price and it’s free for those five and younger. Walking distance is 1 to 1.5 kilometres.
For more information: tastyroadtrips.com
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