As an Experience developer and broker, we offer our own customizable experiences and partner with other community organizations to develop sustainable experiences for followers and culinary enthusiasts.
In 2020 we are offering a wide range of food and drink focused walking experiences in Downtown London and the surrounding area. You’ll be able to connect to the Forest City in a new way and indulge your senses with an insider experience by local culinary experts.
If you’re a diehard culinary enthusiast who cares about your food and where it originates, you’re going to love discovering the Forest City’s thriving local food and drink scene. Our landmark restos, bars and indie cafés distinguish themselves with authenticity and an emphasis on using characteristic locally-sourced ingredients.
Each group is paired with a friendly host who will immerse you in local culture and share their insider knowledge. Taste, sip, shop, and walk while embracing your inner foodie.
Every experience is unique so we recommend you bring your camera (or charged cell phone) to capture your experience. Bring your curiosity and questions, we love sharing anecdotes and recommendations for great indie places to eat and drink in the Forest City.
Coming Soon: Downtown London Asian Food Experience
Covent Garden Market Experience
Experience the Covent Garden Market and surrounding area with a friendly local insider. We’ll meet at Market Square. You’ll have a personal introduction to London’s Covent Garden Market foods and its passionate vendors.
These vendors may include a cheesemonger, butcher, artisanal baker, small-batch coffee roaster, chocolatier or ice cream purveyor. By the end of this progressive tasting experience, you’ll have sampled a series of locally-sourced, in-season signature items that add up to an authentic expression of Covent Garden’s culinary scene.
This will culminate with a cooking class in the Market Kitchen. We promise you’ll leave the end of the tour satiated and informed about the culinary landscape in and around the Market.
On the Forks Culinary Experience
Experience London’s foodie and cultural scene on this three-hour guided walking experience by a culinary insider. The experience begins at the historic Covent Garden Market where you’ll meet friendly speciality food vendors.
Along the way, we will visit several unique spots, which may include a farm to table restaurant, cheesemonger, butcher, artisanal baker, small-batch coffee roaster, chocolatier or ice cream purveyor. This tour, centred around the Forks of the Thames stops at Museum London for a sit-down dining experience at the Rhino Lounge.
Our Culinary and Cultural Experiences allow you to learn about the heritage sites we pass, discuss the history of the founding of the city and point out some of the more eccentric things that only a true insider can show you.
The Ultimate Forest City Culinary Experience
Are you a gastronome or a foodie? With the keen interest in all things culinary, it should not surprise anyone to learn that there is a gastronomic pecking order. At the bottom of the gastronomic hierarchy is goinfre (greedy guts), then goulu (glutton), gourmand, (one who enjoys eating), friand (epicure; one who with discriminating taste takes pleasure in fine food and drink), gourmet (a connoisseur of food and drink), and finally the gastronome (one with a serious interest in gastronomy). Let’s not overlook “foodie”, a contemporary term that is frequently used as a synonym for gastronome or epicure. There is a distinct difference in their meanings. The foodie is a hobbyist and a gastronome has the educated palate and refined taste of a professional.
Whether you consider yourself a gastronome or a foodie, how about partaking in the ultimate, intimate, authentic hands-on dining experience guided by a top culinary professional that culminates in a 6-course farm-to-table tasting menu and wine pairing by one of London’s most innovative chefs?
Walk through London’s bustling downtown with your fellow guests stopping along the way for a locally inspired cocktail from a top mixologist before arriving at our confidential destination where the experience will truly begin.
How do cancellations work?
A minimum of 48 hours notice for any cancellation is required. All cancellations/notifications/rescheduling must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will the experiences operate during bad weather?
Yes, our food tours operate rain or shine, snow or cold, wet or dry. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.
Are the experiences accessible?
Yes, the majority of our food tours are accessible to wheelchairs and walking aids. Service dogs are welcome at most of our stops.
Will there be washrooms throughout the experiences?
Well maintained and accessible washrooms are available during the experiential tours at various stops on the way.
How far do we walk?
Our culinary experiences cover approximately 1.5 – 2 km over the course of 2 – 3 hours, with approximately 30 minutes of total walking. We stop several times and maintain a comfortable pace. The area around the Forks of the Thames has some changes in elevation, so if your experience includes this area please be prepared to traverse some small hills.
Do you provide options for dietary restrictions (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free)?
We can often substitute a dish or two on the tour to accommodate dietary restrictions, but please contact us first before purchasing your ticket. We can also customize experiences for groups of six or more.
Does the culinary experience include drinks?
Your ticket includes all the food and drinks served on the tour. Some of our tours may have optional craft cocktail and wine packages, otherwise, all beverages are included with your ticket.
Are gratuities included in the price?
There is no automatic gratuity included in the price of your experience. Your guide will appreciate a tip at the end of the experience, but it is not expected or required.
Will the stops be closed to the public during the experience?
We set up each stop in advance with our partners who as a small indie business may be serving regulars when we arrive, so we may face a minimal wait or eat standing time at some stops. It’s part of our commitment to supporting local food and farmers who showcase the best of our city. All our culinary tours operate rain or shine.
Looking to book one of our experiences or inquire about a team-building event? Reach out to us and we’ll get right back to you.
Or contact us directly at Booking@forestcityculinaryexperiences.ca