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We are very excited to be participating in the upcoming Victoria Dine Around and Stay in Town Festival! We will be offering two culinary tours in partnership with Tourism Victoria. For more information on the festival and to be entered in to win $1000 worth of gift certificates click Here


Food-Tography Culinary Tour: February 21, 28, March 7 ($65)

Who doesn’t love to take pictures of their food? On this culinary tour of historic and vibrant Victoria, we encourage you to shoot your food and share your pictures with the world. Two local companies, Off the Eaten Track and Victoria Photowalks, have paired up to create this truly unique tour that combines a photography lesson with a culinary tour. Tour participants will eat their way through four local eateries while getting tips and lessons from a seasoned photography pro. So bring your camera and your appetite and learn how to properly capture your favorite food moments. Whether you’re new to photography or looking for some insider tips, all levels are welcome. Same goes for you foodies out there! Cost includes all food & beverages and photography and culinary guide.

For tour information and tickets click HERE


Knife & Fort Culinary Tour: February 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, March 6 ($38.25)

Join this 1.5 hour tour of one of the tastiest streets in Victoria! Known as antique row, Fort street is home to quirky second hand shops, European delis, and tasty locally owned restaurants. This fun and informative tour is a great opportunity to try some new hidden gems and pick up some unique and tasty gifts. On this tour we sip and sample our way along Fort Street stopping at The Little Cheese Shop, Choux Choux Charcuterie, Chorizo & Co, La Taquisa, and Crust Bakery.  Learn about this historic neighbourhood and meet the business owners that make this tasty street thrive! Cost includes all food and beverage samples and tour guide.

For tour information and tickets click HERE

Another new year another delicious Dine-Out Vancouver Festival! This year we are offering four tours during the two week event starting January 17th and ending February 1st. For more information on the tours please visit

1. Best Bites of the East Village: Saturdays & Sundays ($50)

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The East Village is one of the fastest growing culinary communities in Vancouver and on this tour we explore the diverse foodie scene by visiting four great local stops. From a Bolivian pastry to a tea tasting at Vancouver’s smallest tea shop, this tour will introduce you to the wonderful hidden gems that dot this historic neighbourhood.

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2. Main Street Hidden Gems Tour: Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays ($50)

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Main Street may be one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city but it is home to some of the youngest and hippest locals. Packed full of designer boutiques, funky thrift shops, and quirky restaurants, Vancouverites know that Main is the street to find the city’s best culinary hidden gems. Let us show you four of the very best spots we guarantee you wouldn’t find on your own! From a local bakery to a tiki hideaway, we know all the tastiest shops on Main.

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3. Craft Distillery Tour: Thursdays & Saturdays ($60)

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The craft distilling movement has exploded in British Columbia and Vancouver boasts some of the best local artisans creating award winning spirits. We visit three distilleries where we sample various handcrafted spirits such as vodka, gin, brandy, cassis and more. We also get a private tour of two of the distilling facilities and learn from the distillers themselves how they create such boozy masterpieces. A great tour to learn more about how distilling is done, sample a variety of spirits, and pick up a bottle for later!

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4. Food-Tography : A Culinary Photography Tour: Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays ($65)


Who doesn’t love to take pictures of their food! On this culinary tour of historic and gritty Railtown, we encourage you to shoot your food and share your pictures with the world. Two local companies, Off the Eaten Track and Vancouver Photowalks, have paired up to create this truly unique tour that combines a photography lesson with a culinary tour. Tour participants will eat and sip their way through three local eateries all the while getting tips and lessons from a seasoned photography pro. So bring your camera and your appetite and learn how to properly capture your favorite food moments.

Tickets Here:

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Well hello there dudes, happy Movember! In honour of all the great dudes out there we’ve created a food tour especially for you. This tour has all your culinary favorites; local beer, pizza, tacos, a private distillery tour, and even dude-inspired cupcakes. 5% of all ticket sales will be donated to the Movember Canada Foundation. And ladies, you are definitely welcome to join the tour and support that awesome dude in your life, but only the dudes get to take home a pretty sweet “swag bag” filled with cool dude stuff.

Buy Tickets Here:
Eventbrite - Movember Dude Food Tour


We LOVE this tasty and local dish from one of our fantastic tour partners in Victoria, Choux Choux Charcuterie. September is our favorite time to eat sweet ripe tomato’s and paired with some spicy chorizo, this is a perfect dish for a nice dinner. Why not pair it with a local Victoria wine like the 2011 Roussanne from deVine Vineyards.

Steamed Salt Spring Island Mussels with Tomato & Chorizo

2lbs mussels, cleaned & rinsed
1 link spanish chorizo, cut into rounds
1 jar matiz sofrito (this is a miracle of onions garlic & tomatoes sautéed in olive oil)
1 baguette (we like Fol Epi)

Put a large pot with a tight fitting lid on medium-low heat. Add the chorizo, stir occasionally until fat just starts to render, 3-5mins. Add sofrito and increase heat to high. Once sofrito is bubbling add mussels, cover, reduce heat to medium-high, shaking pot from time to time. Serve with sliced baguette once all the shells have opened, about 8-12 minutes.
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Nothing says summer like a tasty cocktail! Join us on our newest tour, Vancouver Distillery Tour, where we sip and sample numerous award winning spirits and get a behind the scenes look at the distilling procedure. We have partnered with three of the very best distilleries in the city.

1. The Long Table Distillery (1451 Hornby St)
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“Our hand crafted 300 liter copper pot still may be small, but it’s the heart of our operation and consistently micro-distills a unique collection of premium spirits that reveal bold character and refined taste. Each handcrafted batch tells a story of its unique and often subtle taste characteristics derived from our skillfully crafted proprietary recipes. The organic and natural ingredients we use are carefully chosen for their freshness, often handpicked by our network of expert wild foragers in our local mountains or, from fairly traded sources from around the world. Even the water we use is sourced from British Columbia’s pristine Coast Mountain Range.”

Off The Eaten Track Pick: The Bourbon Barrelled Gin. This Gin ages in hand picked Bourbon barrels from Washington which lends a wonderful vanilla and caramel aspect to the finished product.

2. Yaletown Distilling (1131 Mainland St)
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“After almost 20 years of making fresh beer at the Yaletown Brewing Company and pioneering the craft beer movement in Vancouver, it was an organic expansion for the Mark James Group to lead the way in artesian distilling. Launched on Repeal Day December 5th, 2013 marking the anniversary for the end of prohibition, the Yaletown Distilling Company is honouring the tradition of distilling by producing premium handcrafted spirits.”

Off The Eaten Track Pick: The Eau De Vie. This fruit brandy is made from Okanagan grapes and would be killer poured over ice cream.

3. Odd Society Spirits (1725 Powell St)
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“Odd Society is a small-batch craft distillery in the heart of East Vancouver that is dedicated to combining old world distilling traditions with new world ingredients and ingenuity to create a family of spirits that entice and intrigue.”

Off The Eaten Track Pick: East Van Vodka. Made from 100% malted barley from Prince George, this award winning vodka has the most unique taste that makes an insane martini!

Want to visit all of these distilleries but don’t want to drive? How about joining our Vancouver Distillery Tour. Running every Saturday 3-6pm. Click here for more info and to book tickets.

Who doesn’t love a good beet dip? Who I ask you! We manged to smuggle this recipe out of the new Belgard Kitchen in the uber cool Settlement Building in trendy Railtown. Serve with crudites and a side of almonds, this dish is perfect on a sunny spring day.

Ruby Red Beet Dip from Belgard Kitchen

Ruby Red Beet Dip from Belgard Kitchen

Ruby Red Beet Dip

By Executive Chef Reuben Major


5 medium beets, peeled and baked

1/2 cup goat cheese

1/2 cup sour cream

1/4 cup tahini

1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 tsp lemon juice

1.5 tsp red wine vinegar

1.5 tsp salt


Preheat oven to 350°F

Prepare beets by peeling and chopping them into large pieces. Place the beets on a baking sheet and cook for approximately 30 minutes or until beets are tender. Have a fork handy to pierce the beets: they’re done when you feel little to no resistance when piercing the beet. Set aside and let cool completely

In a large bowl, incorporate all remaining ingredients.

Once beets have cooled, add them to the bowl and puree until texture is smooth.


Poster for #inthespirit campaign 2013

We love the holiday season—the decorations, the lights, the music and most importantly, the food. We all have our favorite holiday traditions that get us in the holiday spirit.

Off The Eaten Track wants to know what puts you into the holiday spirit?

Tell us for a chance to win a holiday-inspired gift basket worth $100 filled with tastes and treats from our wonderful tour partners.

Want to win an Off The Eaten Track Tours gift basket?

Here’s how you can enter to win:

1. Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter @offtheatentrack (2 entries )

2. Leave a comment on this post telling us what puts you in the holiday spirit (1 entry)

3. Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)

Win @offtheatentrack gift basket $100 value #inthespirit RT to enter

We will draw the *winner at random on December 16th, 2013. Good luck!

*Only residents of Greater Vancouver and Greater Victoria can enter



The East Cafe

We are happy to announce that we have added four new fantastic foodie stops to our already stellar list of tour partners. We’ve added a French influenced Japanese izakaya, an award winning butcher shop, a family run Bolivian hidden gem, and a hip new coffee shop in the East Village.

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1. Itadakimasu Restaurant & Sake Bar (4148 Main Street)
We are so excited to add this delicious Japanese-French fusion izakaya to our Main Street Restaurant & Cocktail Tour. Owner Chef Andy Chuma has close to two decades of culinary experience in Canada, France and Japan. His devotion to Japanese food is matched only by his enthusiasm for French cuisine. Itadakimasu is his labour of love, a fusion between Japanese taste and French preparation.



2. Rocio’s Saltenas & Pastries (2261 East Hastings Street)
Contributing to the already amazing multicultural flavour of the East Village neighbourhood is Saltenas. This family run Bolivian restaurant is serving up fair trade Bolivian coffee & delicious savory pastries . Called saltenas, these treats are stuffed with your choice of chicken, beef, or veggies. Think empanadas with a Bolivian flair!

East Cafe

East Cafe

East Cafe

East Cafe

3. The East Cafe (2401 East Hastings Street)
Locally owned and operated by Dalyn & Zol, this bright and airy cafe is full of lovely character and beautiful treats. They sourced their menu from local shops (pastries from the Pie Shoppe, sandwiches from La Grotto) and use a vintage Italian espresso machine to make the perfect cup of coffee. This place is unpretentious and friendly, just like the East Village itself.

Windsor Meats

Windsor Meats

4. Windsor Meats (2276 East Hastings Street)
We are sad to see Moccia Urbani leave but we are very happy that they are being replaced by an equally cool butcher shop. Windsor meats will be opening this weekend in the former Urbani shop and they will be bringing their award winning butcher cuts with them. They specialize in free-range, all-natural, non-medicated local meats, as well as carrying a vast selection of natural sauces, condiments, oils, and snacks.


Our summer seasonal tour is here! Come with us on September 14th to explore the amazing Vancouver urban gardens and the restaurants that utilize these gardens around the neighbourhoods of Gastown & Chinatown.

Curious about urban gardening? Passionate about local food? Vancouver has an abundance of both and this tour is a delicious opportunity to explore the growing urban gardening movement while sipping and tasting culinary treats from local restaurants. Let us take you behind the scenes at two of the most interesting urban farms as well as three culinary stops where we celebrate our amazing local culinary bounty.

The tour starts at a hidden farm on the top of a parking garage with amazing views of the city. Owned by a company called Local Garden, we get a private tour of their incredible vertical urban farm and try some of their fresh micro-greens. Then we head to the Juice Truck food cart in Gastown for a sample of their delicious smoothies made from locally sourced fruits and vegetables. We then head to Bestie, a trendy sausage & beer parlour in the heart of Chinatown. Here we will try a sample of their German inspired street food using local ingredients. The next stop is at Harvest Union for a sample of mind-blowing boutique ice cream from a local company Earnest Ice Cream. We finish the tour with a honey tasting and a private tour of an urban apiary with Mellifera Bees.

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Fresh micro-greens at Local Garden

Fresh micro-greens at Local Garden

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Tour Details:
Day: Saturday September 14th
Time: 11.30-2.30pm
Length: 3 hours
Meeting Place: 535 Richards Street (Easy Park Parkade)
Cost: $65 (includes tax)

Tour Info:
Capacity: 10 people
Walking Distance: 2km (approximately 20 minutes)
Price Includes: All food & beverages, tour guide, taxes.
Weather: Tour runs regardless of weather

Gently removing the boxes of honey

Gently removing the boxes of honey

Off The Eaten Track recently had the pleasure of meeting Melissa Cartwright, owner and beekeeper of a local company called Mellifera Bees. Melissa makes amazing unprocessed honey from local hives located throughout the city and the lower mainland. You may have seen her awesome infused honey sold at local farmers markets and local boutique shops.

Melissa will be launching a very interesting and informative tour of her hives located at Le March St. George. The 2 hour tour is a fun and safe way to learn all about how bees make and store honey! You will be treated to an afternoon of touring through the inside of a bee hive, learning about bee behaviour, and of course tasting fresh honey straight from the hive!

Day: Sunday August 25th & Sunday September 15th
Address: 4393 St. George (corner of St. George & 28th)
Time: 2pm (tour is roughly 2 hours long)
Cost: $45 (includes hive tour and honey tasting)

Note on safety:
Melissa is a fully trained beekeeper and is an expert at handling bees. Head veils will be provided but full coverage clothing is recommended. This tour is not suitable for those with bee sting allergies.

Tickets available to purchase at:
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Honey gathered from the St. George & 28th Apiary

Honey gathered from the St. George & 28th Apiary

Lavender infused honey

Lavender infused honey

Busy Bees

Busy Bees

Melissa is an expert with her bees

Melissa is an expert with her bees

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