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Halifax Food Tour

This was one of the highlights of our recent trip to the Maritimes!  It was such an interesting and delicious way to see Halifax.

Before going on the food tour, of course we had to grab some food first haha :).  We headed over to the boardwalk and got this lobster roll with fries from The Battered Fish. 

The fries were awesome!

The fries were awesome!

After this quick detour (burp), we walked over to the food tour’s meeting place – the entrance to Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market.
Halifax Seaport Farmer's Market

Emily, our tour guide, greeted us (she figured us out because we looked lost lol), and we joined a group of 11 eagerly waiting for the tour to start. 

Our first stop was a shop inside the Farmer’s Market, called Wrap So D.  The owner, Chef Darren, treated us to his famous cinnamon buns while his assistant showed off some fancy knife-throwing skills.
Wrap So D

delicious cinnamon buns with chocolate syrup and cream cheese icing

Delicious cinnamon buns with chocolate syrup and cream cheese icing

Cheff Darren definitely knows how to put on a show.  Here he is belting out to Moves like Jagger while we gobbled up his tasty cinnamon buns.

He's a really good singer!

He’s a really good singer!

Next stop was Sugah! – a colorful candy and ice cream shop near the boardwalk.
Sugah They make their own chocolate concoctions using local ingredients.  Here are some of them –
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We were given a taste of their Kraken Krunch (milk chocolate with seaweed bits) and their toffee honeycomb with dark chocolate.  They were delicious!
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Next door is a shop called Rum Cake Factory.  We had some rum cake samples, a peek into their kitchen and rum supply, and were treated to a bit of history about rum and rum cakes in Halifax.

Rum Cake Factory
rum cake factory

Emily then took us to the old Farmer’s Market.  It was practically deserted, unlike the new Seaport Farmer’s Market, but the building was beautiful and it was a great place to stop and try out the next thing on the menu – bread dipped in olive oil and spices.

Entrance to the old Farmer's Market

Entrance to the old Farmer’s Market

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Inside the old Farmer's market.  It's quite charming.

Inside the old Farmer’s market. It’s quite charming.

bread dipped in olive oil by Liquid Gold and spices from Epices De Cru.

Bread dipped in olive oil by Liquid Gold and spices from Epices De Cru.

So into my food!

So into my food!

Next, we hit up one of the best restaurants in Halifax – Chives.  It was apparently the first in the city to offer a changing menu based on what’s fresh and in season.
ChivesHere’s what we sampled from Chives –

Potato Leek Soup and a biscuit

Potato Leek Soup and a biscuit

Their potato leek soup was absolutely divine and the biscuit was yummy.

Chive’s location was previously a bank.  The vault is still intact, and they turned it into a private dining room.  Pretty cool.

No cash here too bad!

No cash here too bad!

A bit of walking and we were rewarded with the best shawarma place in town (and they have an award to prove it) – Mezza.  We had their chicken shawarma and as a few people in our group have never heard of shawarma, that was a good experience for them.

Here's Emily with our shawarmas!

Here’s Emily with our shawarmas!

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Emily then led us to Burrito Jax, a few steps away.  The burrito craze is just catching on in Halifax, and this is one of their pioneers.

I'm not a big burrito fan.  This was just ok for me. There are better ones in Toronto.

This was just ok for me. I’m not a big burrito fan.

Our final stop on this culinary tour is a refreshing glass of cold tea from World Tea House.  Perfect to cap off an afternoon of taste explorations!
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When you’re in Halifax, be sure to check out Emily’s tour!

Emily’s great because she gives you a backstory and some fun facts about each establishment you visit.

Emily’s great because she gives you a backstory and some fun facts about each establishment you visit.

At $30 per person, you get a two-hour culinary adventure with bites of history and culture in between.  Totally worth it!
Book with her here –
localtastingtours.com

Tip: Halifax is very hilly, wear comfy shoes.  But it’s great for burning all the calories you will consume on this tour!

All in all, this was a fantastic experience and it felt like I was in one of those food and travel shows on TLC!  Will definitely be checking out similar tours back in Toronto and other cities I’ll be visiting in the future.
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Have you been on any food tasting tours? How was your experience? Do you have recommendations? Share them below! 🙂

 kerstie ladd

 

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  3. HI Kerstie

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for following. I am honored! You have a beautiful site here. I look forward to visiting and keeping up with you here as well!

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