Niagara Culinary Tours
Niagara Culinary Tours
4.5
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Winner of the 2015 Ontario Culinary Tourism Experience Award. NCT offers the experience of a walking food tour.Think of it as speed dating with restaurants! Each tour will visit local restaurants and you will have a taste of Niagara cuisine and meet chefs, owners and friendly hospitality professionals. Along the way your guide will talk about history of the area and point out cultural landmarks. You will get a chance to eat,walk and embrace your inner foodie
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada

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m g
Niagara Falls, Canada8 contributions
Oct. 2021 • Friends
Tried contacting them 5 times. Never had a response of any kind. I can only assume they are no longer running tours but wished they would have said that on their website.
Written October 27, 2021
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Our sincerest apologies. Unfortunately the pandemic hit the Niagara Region and our business and personal lives very hard. With closures and restrictions our restaurant partners were unable to participate in our tours and we did put things on hold. We are feeling we are starting all over again and that has taken longer than we had hoped. We are in the process of getting back to doing what we do best and that is provide a quality experience and excellent Niagara hospitality. We anticipate a re-launch for June 2022 as we create new, vibrant partnerships and tours.
Written March 4, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

patersondoug
Paris, Canada3 contributions
Oct. 2020
The whole mood of the tour was extremely relaxing and informative. The food was great and the tour very informative and adaptable. If a question was asked it was answered and if a visual could be shown as part of the answer it was provided
Written October 9, 2020
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We are grateful for the opportunity to show you around the beautiful town of NOTL and share in your special surprise weekend! It is important to us that the tour is not only delicious but safe. The adaptations we have made showcase some amazing culinary options and allow us to practice physical distancing while still enjoying some wonderful establishments. Happy that we could bring back some travel memories with a little taste of Budapest.
Written October 11, 2020
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Don
Port Dover, Canada1 contribution
Sep. 2020 • Couples
Shouldn’t be called a Culinary food tour it might’ve been pre-Covid but it definitely isn’t now. The tour guide was very well and we tipped him appropriately There were six of us and we were all very disappointed Basically had a taste of beer at a microbrewery and lunch and then for $96 per person
Written September 26, 2020
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Thank you for your feedback. It is a bit disheartening to hear we didn't meet your expectations for this tour. We have taken our responsibility of providing a safe and ethical experience in the midst of a pandemic very seriously. Yes, you are correct the tour has changed for safety reasons and we are updating our marketing to indicate this more clearly. The actual culinary experience has been elevated by the new format and we do feel there is value in the food, the guided tour and the carefully chosen culinary partners. The current tour includes a tutored beer and cheese pairing, a two course meal at a 5 star farm to table restaurant and a visit to a unique bakeshop where you will receive a full size chimney cake to take home and enjoy at your leisure. At our first two stops customers are given a Covid health questionnaire and/or a no touch temperature check. We no longer promote sampling as to minimize any unnecessary contact. We did provide a gluten free option at your request but were not made aware of seafood allergies until the group was seated and although we had asked in advance. We switched dessert stops to our gelato partner to ensure that the gluten free option could be provided. Our guide who is our co-owner made every effort to ensure your tour went well, including providing chimney cakes to go from another culinary partner because others in the group were interested.
Written October 11, 2020
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Dan C
Toronto, Canada25 contributions
Aug. 2020
Steve was our guide for this food tour, improvised and private (just us) due to the pandemic. Wore a mask between stops, kept physical distant.

We've been to NOTL many times, we booked this because the Shaw plays are all closed down.

Steve was great, learned some things we did not know. like the history of what is now the Balzacs coffee shop, how all the great flower beds all along the main street got started and more.

We also learned that beer and cheese do go together and what the heck is a Chimney Cake?

Highly recommended.
Written August 19, 2020
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Edgardo Jose C
1 contribution
Mar. 2020 • Family
The tour itself was great. Our guide was friendly and informative. She had a great conversation skills and a nice personality. She definitely deserves praise.

The sad part was the food was rather lacking. While the 1st stop offered a great starter (veg in coconut soup and fresh spring roll) the 2nd really let us down, they spoke about their style and history but essentially served us a Cesar salad. While the last stop was good the lack of an actual meal in the middle made the chimney cakes less satisfying.

Again Great tour and guide, food needs improvement.
Written March 10, 2020
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Dennis JB
2 contributions
Nov. 2019 • Family
My family had a great time on this tour. Our tour guide was helpful and knowledgeable. The stops are all walking distance from where we meet. It was a very enjoyable day had by all.
Written November 13, 2019
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Extraordinary790934
2 contributions
Nov. 2019 • Couples
Our tour guide Janet was very knowledgeable and a pleasure to hangout with. The food was great, especially the meat pie. We’ed do it again!
Written November 11, 2019
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SaraPA
Detroit, MI243 contributions
Oct. 2019
We enjoy food tours so didn't think twice when visiting the Niagara area for the first time. However, I would NOT recommend this tour. NOTL is very small and even a casual day would bring you to most of the spots we stopped at. The spots were a little odd. The first was a Thai restaurant where we had tom kha gai soup. This just seems odd and out of place--most people probably have been to a Thai restaurant and there was nothing unique about this stop. Then Treadwall for pizza, Bella Vita for a lackluster sandwich and then, oddly, two sweet spots (excellent gelato and a funnel type cake). No way do these 5 stops requires nearly 3 hours. I felt like we aimlessly, slowly walked in circles to help fill the time.
Our guide, Lou, was nice enough be he spent the whole tour talking about himself. I swear I know more about him then some friends--his beekeeping, jam making, bike tours, trips to Asia, work history, his adoration for the Treadwall chef. I could go on.... It was really a tour about how awesome Lou is. Very little information on the town, other restaurants to visit, breweries, wineries, interesting history.
Save your time and money. Visit the Treadwall bakery (excellent pizza) and Il gelato di carlotta for gelato. I would also recommend the Exchange Brewery for a beer/cheese sampling and the Olde Angel Inn for fish and chips. Beyond NOTL, I'd recommend the Pie Plate and Oast Brewers (excellent $20 prix fixe dinners sunday night), Ravine winery for a delicious lunch and the Wayne Gretzky Estates for a taste of Canadian Cream. (Most of these recommendation we either discovered on our own or by asking around).
Written October 30, 2019
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Aaron
1 contribution
Oct. 2019
Lou's awesome and can tell you about some really insightful things about the place, and how it developed, and then link it to the food you're tasting! Food is decent. I'd like to see a little more variety. One stop was just a slice of tomato and then seasonal veggies. Sure, it's nice to know that outlets serve locally sourced seasonal veggies, but foodies would expect more. Overall, my partner and I really enjoyed the experience and would recommend to others. Price is reasonable.
Written October 14, 2019
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Sandy
Burlington, Canada17 contributions
Oct. 2019
This tour was a huge disappointment. We (unfortunately) thought it would be comparable to A Taste of Niagara that we attended in February at $150 p/p (where we received a welcome event on the Friday evening, a full meal, wine tasting at each restaurant and transportation to each on the Saturday evening). On this tour ($75 p/p), there were three tiny pieces of cheese with beer sampling, a sliver of pizza, a tiny caprese salad … after realizing this was it for the "meal", as we were starving, we skipped the funnel cake and gelato and went and got a real meal! As for the historical component, sadly, we learned more about Lou than NOTL. Would not recommend this at all - waste of time and money!
Written October 13, 2019
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