“I’ve lived here all my life, and I’ve still learned things I didn’t know,” said Carla Dunham about the new Wolfville food tours.
Well-known local tour guide, Jeremy Novak, most recognized for his Valley Ghost Walks tours and for being a guide on the Magic Wine Bus, created the new business earlier this fall.
“I spend a lot of time as a guide on the Magic Wine Bus,” says Novak, “and I like to think about what other possibilities for tours there are out there.”
In his promotion, Novak writes that Wolfville is a culinary hotspot in the Annapolis Valley with more than 21 eateries to entice the most famished foodie. Wolfville Food Tours helps navigate through the abundance of culinary choice with samples at each location. This flavourful journey will leave your taste buds satisfied and have you making a list of where to visit again tomorrow.
The Wolfville Food Tours are a three-hour food journey through Wolfville, stopping at eight different locations, sampling everything from crepes, to truffles, to cider and all things in between. At each location, Novak provides participants with the story behind each restaurant and highlights various features of the menu. The food choices are carefully selected to best display what each place does well, giving participants to try something they might not otherwise order.
When possible, the chef comes to the table to further talk about the food, explaining what is locally sourced, or why certain menu items were selected.
For those with dietary restrictions, there are special packages available including vegetarian and pescetarian (fish, no meat) ticket options.
Current stops include Just Us!, Paddy’s, Troy, Charts, Li’s Wok & Grill, Joe’s, Naked Crepe and the Annapolis Cider Company. Stops and food served is subject to change.
Before starting the Wolfville tours, Novak did his research. He studied websites for other similar tours, and was a participant on a tour in both Halifax and Vancouver.
Regarding the tour in Gastown, Vancouver, Novak said he later went back and ate at the restaurants he had toured. “I felt comfortable there, having already been, and I knew something about the menu,” he says. He hopes the same will happen in Wolfville.
Businesses are happy to have the exposure through Wolfville Food Tours. As Novak says, even though the tourism season might be over, the restaurants are still open for business. They have provided a lot of feedback for the creation of the tours, specifically stating that a weekday afternoon is most feasible, as the restaurants are less busy, and participants can be almost guaranteed a seat and a chat with the chefs.
“I was so full!” said tour participant Lia Glover. “It’s such great value for your money!”
With stopping at eight restaurants, Novak advises for you to eat a small snack before coming, but says it won’t be necessary to eat supper afterwards!
If you are looking for a unique and delicious way to spend an afternoon restaurant hopping, sampling different food where everything is pre-paid for, look no further than the Wolfville Food Tours. It’s meant for a fun afternoon with friends, or making new friends, learning something new, and trying lots of different kinds of food.
As Glover says, “it was a wonderful afternoon, and I will be telling everyone about it!”
Wolfville Food Tours run on Thursday afternoons from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. until Dec. 14. They will start up again in the new year, with details coming out on the website or Facebook.