Want to live like a local and know the secret spots to eat and get your freshest groceries?
The long-running Taste Tours is your little foodie friend.
I experienced a Taste Tour for the first time around ten years ago, and I finally went back for more recently.
On a warm Sunday morning I headed over to the suburb of Cabramatta (which took all of five minutes; I am lucky to live 'out west') and I took heed of the cautionary 'leave enough time to find parking' tip, as Cabramatta is absolutely notorious for grid lock traffic and limited parking at any time, though especially on a Sunday when families are doing their food shopping, going our for yum cha, and enjoying their time doing Sunday things.
There are parking stations but even getting there is futile as the line up is huge, so my insider tip is to park in a residential street, and walk. It'll cost nothing, and you will be so grateful for your escape when the tour is over.
Onto the actual tour!
My best advice before you event start is: come hungry!
If your tour has a morning start, don't even bother with breakfast.
That's what I did and I was still SO FULL by the end.
The thing about doing a taste tour is that you get to absolutely immerse yourself in the suburb, the people, the culture, and the very heartbeat of the place you are visiting.
Want to know where to shop, to get the cheapest possible groceries?
Doing one of these tours means that you get the insider tips from people in the know.
And when your tour director takes you to visit all the food stops, you will meet the people behind the business and get the backstory like never before, and you'd likely not get the opportunity to do so if you were simply dropping in unannounced.
If you're that foodie in your friendship group and want to be able to recommend delicious food spots as someone who has genuinely experienced it, this is yet another reason to take part in a Taste Tour.
Here is more about the tour Taste of Vietnam - straight from their website:
What I have always loved about a Taste Tour is the variety of cuisines on offer, the value for money, and just how satisfied you feel post event - your belly is full, and each vendor feels validated and lovely... who doesn't want to tell their story, and have a captive audience listen and understand their whole journey.
A Taste Tour is also an EXCELLENT gift for the person who has everything... or simply someone you know will appreciate a gift with a difference.My 'Taste of Vietnam' your in Cabramatta was 3.5 hours long, and costs: $99 for adults, $89 for concession, and a Youth ticket is $79 (for ages 12-18), while a child ticket is $55 (ages 5-11).
See all the current Taste Tours on offer here: www.tastetours.com.au