This was one of the highlights of our recent trip to the Maritimes! It was such an interesting and delicious way to see Halifax.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here’s what we sampled from Chives –
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.
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.
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.
When you’re in Halifax, be sure to check out Emily’s tour!
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 –
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.
Have you been on any food tasting tours? How was your experience? Do you have recommendations? Share them below! 🙂