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Porky Excess

From CAD 75 per person
Excellent 4.9
Based on 5 Reviews
  • Free Cancellation
  • No booking or credit card fees
  • E-ticket/Mobile voucher
  • Visit “Hogtown” and fall in love with all things pork
  • Discover some of the best pork dishes in Toronto
  • Savor mouth-watering sausage, bacon and pork
  • Visit exciting local restaurants
From the people that brought you 'Beer Makes History Better" comes a Toronto tour of porcine proportions. Sample bacon, pork, and sausage, find out about ethical pig farming at a local butcher, and learn about the role of the pig in pop culture, or is that pork culture?

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! Your guide might even “ham it up” with some pig jokes...if you’re lucky.

Your Toronto food tour begins in front of the historic Gooderham Flatiron Building, and heads to the St Lawrence Market, part of Old Town Toronto. The market itself is closed on Sundays, but a nearby restaurant 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 southern US piggy spin on a classic Canadian dish, 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 (something us locals really love). At each of these restaurant stops, we will be lingering long enough to purchase a beverage, if you’re interested, and both places have an excellent selection of local craft beers (for those 19+ years of age).

At the conclusion of the tour, your guide will present you with several recommended options for dinner (including the restaurants visited on the tour) and can give you directions to wherever you need to go for your next adventure.  

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...
what’s included
  • A fun
  • Friendly
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Bacon/sausage/pork to try at three different restaurants
  • One-way streetcar transportation
what’s excluded
  • Beverages
  • Additional food
  • Gratuity for your guide 
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 3 hours
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
meeting/Start point Toronto, Canada
Good to know Dress standard: Dress for the weather. We are taking a streetcar to cover the longest distance between stops, but we will otherwise be walking.

Child Policy: Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.
customer reviews
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“Mike was great! Will write more details for TripAdvisor soon”
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5 - Excellent
“Jackie was delightful. She educated us well about the topic and other aspects of the city.”
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5 - Excellent
“mike was a very informative guide, easy to talk to, and very enthusiastic. the food choice was excellent”
Cancellation Cancellation for this product is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given.
If cancelling less than 48 hours before the chosen start date no refund applies.
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