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Published September 19th 2011
Hungry for something different? Then the newest Foodie Trails to bless our culinary curiosity will not only whet the appetite, they'll satisfy it well beyond expectations.
Sydney Road and African Trails through Dandenong and Footscray are Beacon Holiday's latest food tours. They're a welcome addition to their ever-popular Masala Trails, which traverse some of the best Indian hot spots in Dandenong and Melbourne's CBD.
These delectable journeys not only feature progressive meals and tasting samples, they're spiced up with fascinating snippets of history and entertaining anecdotes. Each is a culture-infused walking food tour with like-minded people who love food and the exciting people and stories behind it.
Having done the Masala Trail through the city, I can personally vouch for the wonderful host, Himanshi, who is knowledgeable, warm and certainly passionate about food and food culture. I've also previously done a food tour of Brunswick's Sydney Road and remain in awe of the enticements to be discovered in that cosmopolitan part of town – not only delectable but steeped within long-held family traditions.
Beacon Holiday's Turkish Trails through Brunswick Street feature some of the oldest Turkish eateries in Melbourne – and certainly some of the most authentic flavours and experiences, like a plate full of Turkish meze, strong, cinnamon-infused tea and sweet baklava.
With African cuisine (blending Indian, Malay, French and British)
reaching fabulous new heights in Melbourne over recent years, the African Trails through Footscray and Dandenong promise delicious insight into a cuisine many of us are just starting to explore and understand. They also promise anything from warm Injera (Ethiopian bread) to a matoki (lamb stew). You can read more about African, and in particular Ethiopian, food here.
All of the Foodie Trails are designed to give you an authentic, multi-flavoured experience of the particular cuisine and its culture people, so leave all pre-conceived ideas at home. Arrive with an open mind, a sense of fun and a healthy appetite.
Of course, you might not want to stop there. The Foodie Trails in and around Melbourne, offered by award-winning, boutique tour operator, Beacon Holidays, make the perfect appetiser for their international food tours of India, Turkey and South Africa. Now you can't get much more immersed in the food and culture than that!