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This 3-hour food tour of Toronto is perfect for people who love to dine on pig-inspired dishes. During this tour, travel around three restaurants and a butcher shop to learn about ethical farming, and get the chance to sample three tastings of food made from pigs. Walk away with more knowledge about the city’s history and how it came across its nickname.
3-hour food tour of Toronto’s Hogtown history
Visit three restaurants to taste different pig-inspired dishes
Taste a peameal bacon sandwich, Toronto’s signature sandwich
Stop by a local butcher shop to learn about ethical farming
Get to know why Toronto’s history and why it’s nicknamed Hogstown
This 3-hour tour departs at 2 p.m. from outside the front of the Hockey Hall of Fame on Yonge Street. Make sure to meet your group and guide a little bit before the departure time.
From the Hockey Hall of Fame, head toward the St. Lawrence Market. There’s a nearby restaurant you’ll go into to try one of Toronto’s signature sandwiches, a peameal bacon sandwich. Listen to the history of this sandwich in the area, and learn why pigs are so important to the city.
Move on to King Street West and Queen Street to visit a butcher shop. Learn about organic and ethical farming as you get a behind-the-scenes look at the butcher shop.
Continue on to two more restaurants. At one, try a classic Canadian dish with a pig-inspired kick. At the second, taste a type of German street food with a bit of American flavor.
Your tour ends at about 5 p.m. at King Street West near Bathurst Street.
It’s time for a bit of pork overload...are you ready?
At one point there were so many pigs in Toronto that the city garnered the nickname “Hogtown”, and our pork and bacon earned a reputation for being some of the best in the world. Naturally, when you join this Toronto tour, you’ll experience the legendary deliciousness for yourself, through samples at some of the city’s coolest local establishments, and a visit to one of Toronto’s best butcher shops to learn about quality pork and where it comes from. Your Urban Adventures tour guide will tell you about the history of domestic pig farming and the development of the pork industry in Canada. Trust us - it’s actually quite interesting!
then heads to the St Lawrence Market, part of Old Town Toronto. The market itself is closed on Sundays, but a restaurant within it is open and serves what we’re after - a peameal bacon sandwich - which is arguably Toronto’s signature sandwich. While munching on this savoury treat, your guide will explain the origin of peameal bacon, the significance of the market to Toronto, and how the area has changed over the last 200 years. After learning about the area and how Toronto earned the unflattering, yet beloved, nickname “Hogtown”, you’ll hop on board one of Toronto’s iconic streetcars (known elsewhere as a “trolly” or “tram”) and roll through the financial and entertainment districts into a trendy neighbourhood in the west end favoured by young professionals. The streetcar ride is a chance to learn more about pigs, pork, and bacon, and their role in popular culture.
Between King St West and Queen St West, this food tour in Toronto will stop by a local butcher shop that specialises in organic meats from sustainably practicing farms in the region. Here you will learn about organic and ethical farming, what goes into making quality pork products, and be able to ask the expert staff any questions you may have.
In this neighbourhood you’ll also visit two more restaurants to try a type of pork considered an Italian cultural treasure, and dig into a very popular German street food with American and British flavour influences. As Toronto is such a multicultural city, it’s unsurprising that even our signature pork dishes have been transformed by different cultural influences. At each of these restaurant stops, we will be lingering long enough to purchase a beverage, if you’re interested, and every spot has an excellent selection of local craft beers (for those 19+ years of age).
Bacon, pork, sausage, and ride on the streetcar. If this doesn’t sound like one of the best things to do in Toronto, then we don’t know what does! The only thing that could possibly make this tour better is if we could somehow wrap it all in more bacon. Mmmm bacon wrapped in bacon...
Mike our tour guide made this trip very enjoyable Even though we were just supposed to visit the hog roast places , Mile gave us an excellent run down if all the local history. Took us to see places we would never have thought/ knew aboutVery knowledgeable local guideWould recommend Food was great
The porchetta was one of the best things we ever ate in our lives! Definitely make sure the St. Lawrence Market will be open when you go, because it has a fascinating history that we would never have known without the tour guide. We did wish there was a plan for getting back to the starting spot because it was a long walk, on our own. And it started raining. If that problem were solved it would be a 5 star tour.
Great fun, good food and a terrific group. The Guide knows his Toronto and the stops for food are well organised and worthwhile. I'd have liked more history about Toronto and Hog Town but his memories of growing up in Windsor were pleasant enough. Unfortunately the Market was closed as we took the tour on Sunday Tip Don't take the tour on Sunday!. We ended up at Wurst later than advertised as the venue was closed at our ETA as it was hosting a Wedding tip don't take the tour if one of the stops is hosting a wedding!
The Guide happily added an hour of his time to the Tour. Gave us a good framework to continue our personal exploration of Toronto.
This was an amazing tour. Our guide couldn't have been better, full of information about the city and it's history. The food was incredible too. We were just sorry we didn't have time to do more tours with the same company. Highly recommended!
This tour was great. The guide was amazing. Our guide, Mike, was gave us a ton of information on Toronto and the history of pigs in Toronto. We had a wonderful time and recommend this tour for anyone who likes pork products.