In the heart of Georgian Bay, you’ll find a small town with a big heart and even bigger stomach! Midland Ontario is best known for its annual Butter Tart Festival. However, there’s so much more to this quaint small town. The streets are lined with over 40 murals. It’s surrounded by a wealth of outdoor and historic attractions like the Wye Marsh and Sainte Marie Among the Hurons. And you can have a taste of it all on a food tour with Midland Food Tours!
The Woman Behind Midland Food Tours
Kelly Kurtz is a Midland area local with a passion for good food, intriguing stories, and sharing both with others! She has a long and extensive background in tourism and hospitality. Plus, she was teacher for 20 years.
After taking a few culinary tours around the world she was inspired to create her own! She was keen to share all the incredible places to eat in Midland Ontario, as well as the north Simcoe County area. And in 2021 she did just that!
However, Kelly is so much more! She’s a genuinely kind, inquisitive, and wonderful woman! She’s immensely knowledgeable in both the history of Midland and area, as well as the inner workings of the businesses she shares with her guests. While on her Midland guided walking food tours she’ll make you feel right at home and like an instant friend!
Midland Food Tours
These food tours are ideal for Ontario day trippers looking to explore Midland and the southern Georgian Bay area. Plus, they’re great for people who live in the area, I promise you’ll probably find a hidden gem or two.
You can choose from two different options. The first is a Midland guided walking food tour. The second is a Georgian Bay driving food tour. Each take you to a variety of delicious culinary food stops as well as interesting local attractions. And there are NO chain restaurants on these tours! You’ll only find independently-owned restaurants and food shops.
The best part is you don’t have to be a food connoisseur to fully appreciate and enjoy the tour! These food tours are inclusive to those with an already advance palate as well as those open to testing the waters with some new and exciting foods and flavour profiles. Each tour also offers alternative tastings for vegetarians too!
With a tag line of, “Arrive hungry and curious, leave satisfied and connected,” you know you’re in for a good time!
Midland Guided Walking Food Tour
This walking food tour is a great option for those looking for a fully guided experience! On this walking tour you’ll explore downtown Midland and a variety of food stops. The guided walking tour is approximately 3 hours long, so be sure to come prepared to walk, stand, and for whatever weather the day holds.
You’ll visit some of downtown Midland’s iconic spots and hidden gems. Enjoy samplings of fresh, local cuisine that’s locally prepared. Chat with businesses owners and chefs and learn about their stories. (You may even find yourself behind the scenes of a local favourite!) And discover just how interconnected the food community is in the Midland area!
Plus, between each food stop you’ll learn all about Midland’s heritage, from its historic murals to the people who helped make it what it is today! And if you have any questions, Kelly is there to answer!
Midland Guided Walking Food Tour Specs
Length – 3 hours
Stops – 8 locations
When – Available Friday & Saturdays
Group Size – Maximum of 8
Georgian Bay Driving Food Tour
Enjoy the scenic roads of southern Georgian Bay on this driving food tour! This tour takes you to some fun and tasty food stops in north Simcoe County. You’ll meet your guide at the first two stops in Midland and get the low down on all the magic that’s in store!
This Georgian Bay driving tour is self-guided and takes four to five hours to complete. Stops along the route are in Midland, Coldwater, Tiny, and Tay. You’ll visit a range of places, including restaurants, local food shops, and charming cafes. At each stop you’ll indulge in a tasting of either a signature dish or delicious drink. Or you’ll get to browse and shop local produce and locally make food to take home! (Food really is the best souvenir!)
Along the way you’ll catch some of the epic views that Georgian Bay is known for.
*Please note that you must have your own vehicle for this tour.
Georgian Bay Driving Food Tour Specs
Length – 4 – 5 hours
Stops – 7 locations
When – Available Fridays & Saturdays
Tips for a Successful Food Tour Experience
Whether you’re visiting from nearby or on a road trip from Toronto, we’ve rounded up a few tips to help ensure you have a fabulous food tour!
Prepare – Tours run in all weather conditions, so come prepared. Wear comfortable shoes for the walking tour. Bring a rain jacket and/or umbrella for inclement weather. And don’t forget the sunscreen!
Washrooms – Many of the stops offer washrooms along both the walking tour and the driving tour.
Bring a Cooler – With so many great food stops along each of the tours, you’re going to want to pick up a few things to bring home. So, be sure to pack a cooler to keep your goods fresh and ready for the drive home.
Lastly, come hungry! You’ll want to save all the room in your stomach for the wealth of delicious food and drinks you try along the way!
If you’d like to learn more or book a tour with Midland Food Tours, visit the website here! Or if you’re looking for a great gift idea for the foodie in your life, there are also gift cards available!
These tours are about so much more then just food! On these tours you’ll hear from owners and chefs as they share their stories behind how their business came to be as well as insights into their incredible dishes. You’ll leave hungry and happy! In addition, you’ll come away with a new appreciation for the work and dedication behind these local establishments as well as an endearing love for the charm and heritage of the Midland and area!
We were hosted by Midland Food Tours but all opinions expressed are our own.