Where: Almonte, Ontario
When: Sundays @ 1:00 pm
Length: Approximately 3 hours
Cost: $65 / person (+ $3 ticketing fee)
What to Expect
For a small town, Almonte is laden with food, art and culture. It has been voted one of the top 10 towns to visit by Expedia.ca, Cottage Life, Narcity and Reader’s Digest! This is a 2-part tour* that combines the the new part of town with the historic. We start just on the edge of town where you'll visit some of Almonte's most innovative entrepreneurs. You’ll learn how they make their incredible food and drink and of course, eat and drink the finished product! For part 2 of the tour we'll take a short 1.5 km drive to the original, historic part of Almonte nestled along the gorgeous Mississippi River. You will be introduced to more incredible foods and the passionate people behind them. You will immersed in heritage architecture and natural beauty, and you will hear about its storied past and culture of today.
* Please ensure you have transportation to get to the second half of the tour.
Where We Stop
We'll start at the Crooked Mile Microbrewery for some of Nick & Vicki’s award-winning British-style craft beer paired with Tim’s authentic fish & chips sampler from another local favourite, The Cheeky Chippy. Then we visit the Dairy Distillery where you sample a truly unique spirit made onsite in their beautiful state-of-the-art micro distillery. Once in the old part of town, you’ll enjoy luscious pastries by Angela Hui Custom Cakes & Fine Pastries in an inviting, contemporary setting - the Sivarulrasa Art Gallery. Next up you’ll experience a little bit of France with savoury crepes at the Mill Street Crepe Company, and finally we’ll finish up the tour with tea and buttery scones at Gwendolyn’s Tea & Cake tea room.
Where We’ll Meet
The tour starts in front of the Crooked Mile Brewing Company at 453 Ottawa Street in Almonte. Click on the map indicator to access Google maps and get directions. Free parking is available out front.
This part starts at the Almonte Old Town Hall. Parking is available there or on nearby streets.
Other Things You May Want To Know
Below are the most common questions we get asked about this tour. If you have other questions check out our FAQ or contact us by email.
Do you accommodate allergies and dietary preferences?
We do our best to accommodate the special dietary needs of our guests, however we can't guarantee all stops will be able to do so. The booking process allows you to identify common dietary needs/preferences (eg. vegetarian, gluten-free, nut-free), and based on that your guide will be able to identify items you might want to avoid. If you have life-threatening allergies it is not recommended you take our tours.
How much food is served on the tour?
The tour provides food equal to a good-sized lunch. Guests leave comfortably full after our food tours.
Is there alcohol served during the tour?
Yes, samples of local craft beers and a vodka-like spirit are served on this tour. Combined it is approximately the equivalent of one alcoholic drink. If a guest prefers, a non-alcoholic drink can be provided if specified when purchasing a ticket. Additionally, several of our tasting locations provide ice water for tour guests.
How much walking is involved? Is it a fast-paced tour?
We walk at a leisurely pace. The tour covers approximately 1.5 to 2 kilometres of walking. At most locations we will be sitting down, however there will be some locations where we will be standing.
Can I shop during the tour or experience?
The experiences are organized to arrive at each tasting location at a specified time, therefore it is important to stay on schedule so the food is freshly prepared for the guests. Having said that however, occasionally there may be time for making purchases along the tour. Please check with the guide first.
What about the weather?
We are a hardy bunch! The tours are held rain, shine, or snow. Please dress for the weather conditions and bring an umbrella if necessary.