posted on November 18, 2013 by Kara Johancsik
If you’re looking for a way to snack, shop, and see local, then the Culinary Christmas on Fort Street tour by Off the Eaten Track Culinary Walking Tours is just for you! This limited-time tour gives you a chance to taste food from some of our finest cafes, restaurants, and delicatessens, ensuring that you’re well fed for Christmas shopping.
The section of Fort Street between Blanshard and Quadra is a bustling shopping area and a hot spot for local stores and restaurants. Historically, antique shops gravitated to this section of Fort Street, forming an Antique Row. Today, a wide selection of bookstores, boutiques, cafes and delis intermingle with the antique shops, creating an ideal shopping experience for both foodies and treasure hunters.
This Christmas, join a Culinary Christmas on Fort Street tour to ensure that your belly is full of the best local food before you head out to explore the shops. The tour starts at the Little Cheese Shop at 2:30pm, where you’ll get a sample of local and imported cheese and lots of information about cheese varietals from the knowledgeable staff. Then, you’ll head to Choux Choux Charcuterie to taste a selection of their cured and smoked meats. You’ll enjoy the authentic European feel of this delicatessen: walk through the doors, and it’s easy to forget that you’re in Victoria, not Paris! Next stop is at Chorizo & Co for some Spanish Tapas, then you’ll head to Hook Seafood for wild smoked and cured fish, made locally on Qualicum Beach. Finally, you’ll head to Crust Bakery to finish off the tour with a sweet treat.
These tours run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from November 19 to December 19, 2013. The tour costs $45 and runs for 1.5 hours. Buy tickets online from Off the Eaten Track ahead of time to reserve your spot on the tour, and don’t forget to bring an empty stomach!
After your tour, take some time to explore the antique stores, bookstores, and boutiques. Have a look at our Fab Fort Street blog for just a few ideas on where to shop!