Frequently Asked Questions
How do I buy tickets? Can I pay cash?
Tickets can be purchased through our website or by calling 1 800 656-0713. Payment options are Visa, AMEX or MasterCard. Tickets must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance. To maximize your chances of getting the day, time, and number of tickets you prefer, please book well in advance. Cash and/or walk-up traffic on the day of the tours are not accepted. Tickets are $65/person + $3 ticketing fee.
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 Good Food Tour serves enough food that would equal a good-sized lunch. With the combination of food tastings and breaks for architectural, cultural, and historical insights, guests leave comfortably full after our food tours.
Is there alcohol served during the tour?
Yes, there are alcoholic drink samples served on two of our three tours; the Bites on Bridge Street tour (local craft beer) and the Down By The River tour (craft beer & vodka-like spirit). Neither amounts to more than a single serving of alcohol. Additionally, several of our tasting locations provide ice water for tour guests.
Do we only walk around and sample food?
Absolutely not! The Good Food Tour combines architectural commentary, historical facts, local culture and culinary insight into a unique, ~3 hour experience. You will be walking through Almonte or Carleton Place, eating the local artisans’ most delicious foods while learning from the people who live here.
How much walking is involved? Is it a fast-paced tour?
We walk at a leisurely pace. Our tours cover approximately one and a half to two kilometres of walking. At most locations we will be sitting down, however there will be some locations where we will be standing.
Is there parking near the meeting point?
Yes, there is free parking at each of the starting points. After purchasing your ticket(s) you will receive information with directions, parking details and meet-up location. Start points are also indicated on the tour pages of this website.
Can I shop during the tour or experience?
Absolutely! We encourage people to purchase items to support our partners. Having said that, 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. There is usually plenty of time to purchase items at each stop, but your guide will give you warning as to when we are leaving for the next stop and ask you to get your shopping done before the group leaves.
Do your tours have anything to offer people who live in Almonte / Carleton Place area?
Yes! Many of The Good Food Tour attendees live right here in this area. It is a great way to learn some interesting stories of the towns' bygone era as well as check out a few food establishments of special interest.
Are cameras allowed on the tour?
Yes! We are totally okay with guests who take photos or videos. If you get any great shots we’d love for you to share them with us.
What about bringing children on the tour?
There is a child ticket price. Note the tour is approximately 3 hours long and some children have a limited attention span. The tour may not be appropriate for some children. Parents know their child best and should assess the situation individually. Since there is a lot of standing and walking, please consider this when deciding whether the tour is appropriate for your child.
If I am bringing an infant/very young child, do I need to purchase a ticket for them?
If you are bringing an infant or a child 6 and under and they will not be participating in the tastings, you do not need to purchase a ticket for them. However, please do let us know if you will be attending with your child when you purchase your ticket in the notes section. Please note that stroller access is not readily available in some of our partner locations.
If a food tour is sold out, can I get on a waiting list?
Unfortunately we do not provide a waiting list. If a date and time is sold out, there is a chance that we will add an additional tour on that day. Please contact us with the date you are interested in if you do not see an availability.
What is your Refund Policy?
Tickets are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend the tour you have booked you may reschedule for another time and date up to 48 hours prior to the booked time. Within 48 hours you are welcome to send someone else in your place.
Are gift certificates available?
Yes. The Good Food Tour Certificates are quite popular and make an excellent personal or corporate gift.
Can I book a private group tour?
Yes. Private tours are perfect for networking groups, large outings with friends, family gatherings, birthday parties, out of town guests, team building, ladies or singles groups and are available on request. To learn more, please see our Private & Group Tours Page and fill out the form. Options are available to customize length, start times, distance and number of tasting locations.
Are tours offered only in English?
Yes, we only offer tours in English at this time. Please email us if you would like to make arrangements for your own interpreter to join the tour. We can arrange for a French translator if enough notice is given.
Are the Good Food Tours available year-round?
The Good Food Tours are offered from May to the end of October. We encourage you to check our website for possible further offerings as they become available.
Is The Good Food Tours on social media?
What is Mississippi Mills?
The Town of Mississippi Mills is made up of the town of Almonte and the former Townships of Ramsay and Pakenham as a result of municipal amalgamations in 1998. Maps may indicate one name or both. Google Map
I have a question about the company, The Good Food Tour. Who do I contact?
Got questions or need to contact the owner? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I need to purchase a ticket if I’m not eating on the tour?
Non-paying individuals will not be able to join the tour for any reason. The ticket fees help cover the costs of all the food tastings and to pay for your tour guide's wages, who offers valuable commentary on historical, architectural, cultural and restaurant information during your Good Food Tour.
What happens if it rains or snows?
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.
Are bathrooms available during the tour?
Yes, bathrooms are available during the tour at almost every food-tasting location.