Frequently Asked Questions
“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” ~ Virginia Woolf.
- Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
- Can I get a refund or reschedule if I need to?
- How much food is served on the tour?
- How many stops are there?
- Do we only walk around and sample food?
- Are vegetarian options and/or dietary restrictions/allergies honoured on the tour?
- Are alcohol tastings included in the tour?
- Will the tour still happen if it’s raining?
- What about locals – is there anything for us?
- How much walking is involved? Is it a fast-paced tour?
- Are gift certificates available?
- Can I book a custom or private tour?
- Someone in our party has difficulty walking. Will we be able to participate?
- Can I shop during the tour?
- Is parking available at the starting point of the tour?
- Does the tour end at the same place we meet?
- What is the weather like in Guelph– do I need warm clothing?
- Are cameras allowed on the tour?
- Are bathrooms available during the tour?
- If a tour is sold out, can I get on a waiting list?
Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
Yes, tickets must be purchased in advance. Tours often sell out so we suggest purchasing your tickets early to guarantee your desired tour day. You can buy your Taste Detours tickets with Visa or MasterCard using our EzTix service. Just find the Buy Tickets Now button at the top of our home page or via our calendar.
Can I get a refund or reschedule if I need to?
It is best to think of your tickets as you would a theatre, sporting event or concert. You are paying for your space on a Taste Detours to be guaranteed.
If you cannot make it – for whatever reason – you will need to find someone who can come in your place just like you would with another ticket where you wanted your spot to be guaranteed.
Taste Detours frequently sell out and there are no partial credits for partial attendance or late arrivals.
How much food is served on the tour?
Taste Detours To The Core food tour offers enough food to qualify for a lunch. Our Little Bites tour is just that – a bit shorter and more of an appetizer tour pre-dinner. EatStreet: A Moveable Brunch starts with treats from the Guelph Farmers' Market and carries on to 5 other stops. With the combination of drink and food tastings combined with breaks for architectural, cultural, and historical insight, most participants are comfortably full after our food tours.
How many stops are there?
We will enjoy 6 or 7 delicious tastings on To The Core food tour, with stops at a combination of specialty shops and restaurants where we mix it up with some sweet, some savoury & some drink. Little Bites has 3 stops and is more of a appetizer tour. EatStreet visits 6 locations with multiple "stops" at Guelph Market.
Do we only walk around and sample food?
Not at all! Taste Detours combines architectural commentary, historical facts, local culture and culinary insight into a unique local experience.
Are vegetarian options and/or dietary restrictions/allergies honoured on the tour?
Our businesses endeavour to provide alternative tasting options for vegetarians on both our To The Core and Little Bites tours. Please be sure to let us know if you (or anyone in your group) has a dietary sensitivity (e.g. vegetarian, celiac, allergy, etc.) when you purchase your tickets. As long as we know in advance, we will work with the business to accommodate your needs. **We will happily create a custom Vegan / Gluten Free tour for your group, just give us enough lead time!
Are alcohol tastings included in the tour?
It can be. On To The Core you are offered an alcohol tasting while our Little Bites starts and ends with local spirits! We recognize that some – but not all – people may choose an alcoholic beverage on their tour and we’d like to keep our prices fair for all types. No alcohol on EatStreet: A Moveable Brunch.
Will the tour still happen if it’s raining?
Yes, we tour rain or shine - even snow! Admit it now, food tastes better in the rain. It’s romantic that way.
What about locals – is there anything for us?
Definitely! Many of of our guests live right here in Guelph. Locals should attend to learn little known tales and histories of the town and try some new Tastes and experiences from familiar restaurants.
How much walking is involved? Is it a fast-paced tour?
Our tours will cover no more than 1km of easy walking, with stops for food tastings, restroom breaks, and cultural commentary. The tours generally last between 2 and 3 hours and participants can expect to be standing or walking for some of the time. We walk at a moderate pace and mix our walking and standing portions with some sit downs for 20-25 minutes. We recommend that you wear comfortable shoes and weather appropriate attire.
Are gift certificates available?
Yes, Gift Certificates are available for all tours. To purchase a gift certificate, please visit here. Once you've purchased, you can choose to send on the electronic certificate to your lucky recipient or print a prettier version like this Gift Certificate.
Can I book a custom or private tour?
Yes, specialty Tours can happily be arranged for a minimum of 6 people.
These type of tours are perfect for:
Corporate events, conventions, conferences and team building
- Networking, social and singles groups
Outings for clients, family and friends
Wedding and baby showers
Culinary or cooking field trips
- You tell us!
Someone in our party has difficulty walking. Will we be able to participate?
We’re aware that not everyone walks at the same speed, so we try to set a pace that works for the entire group. That said, this is a walking tour. You are the best judge of your own ability or the ability of your friends/relatives.
Can I shop during the tour?
We ask that you please wait to shop until after the tour so that we can stick to our food-tasting schedule and continue with the informative tour and food tastings in a timely manner. The tours are scheduled for arrival at each tasting location so the food is freshly prepared for the participants. We hope that you’ll revisit your favourite locations at the end of the tour. We’ll provide a print out of each location’s address and contact information to ensure you have all the information you need.
Is parking available at the starting point of the tour?
Yes, there is a choice of public parking lots located near the meeting location of the Food Tour. Specific parking details are included in the meeting location directions after purchasing ticket(s) with location, pricing, and hours. We recommend that you do NOT park on the street within the downtown core (pay attention to signage) because there is a strict two-hour limit and the tour might run up to an hour longer. Choose a parking lot instead. But if a tour is on a Sunday, park for FREE!
Does the tour end at the same place we meet?
Not necessarily, but the start and end points will be close to each other. The entire downtown core is extremely walkable, essentially only 4 not-so-square blocks. But chock-a-block full of Taste.
What is the weather like in Guelph– do I need warm clothing?
We are Canadian! As such each tour will vary depending on the season. Wrap up for cooler, wet weather and layer up for warmer days.
Are cameras allowed on the tour?
Yes please! Cameras and filming are encouraged during the tour. We’d love it if you would share some of your experience on our social media channels. We’re on Facebook Twitter Instagram and Trip Advisor
Are bathrooms available during the tour?
Yes, bathrooms are available during the tour at selected food-tasting locations.
If a tour is sold out, can I get on a waiting list?
We do not provide a waiting list, tour tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. But do contact us to see if we can work out an alternate date for you.