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Published August 20th 2011
Melbourne is renowned the world over as a food capital with good reason. Whether north, south, east, west, or smack-bang in the middle of town, there's a food tour that traverses both our food history and the delights and delicacies of our varied cuisines.
In Dandenong, a multi-cultural hub brimming with the sights, sounds and flavours of many colourful cultures, you can take a tour of the Afghan Precinct, including the Afghan Bazaar, the Dandenong Market and exotic food stores, while the Little India Tour will have senses sizzling with spices, an Indian lunch, Punjuabi sweets, colourful saris and jewellery. Tours cost $35. Find out more here.
For all things Greek, it simply has to be a food tour of 'Little Athens', or Oakleigh, its market, coffee, biscuits, pastries, butchers and fishmongers. Oakleigh is the Greek version of Lygon Street, but without the fanfare. It's fun, down-to-earth and a little microcosm of welcoming, warm Greek colour and culture. The tour is $89 and includes lunch. Opa!
Another way to take a bite of the world's most edible city (to pinch a line from Allan Campion, theMelbourne foodie and a walking encyclopedia on our city's best food), you can choose from a whole range of fabulous food tours with Melbourne Food Tours.
I had the pleasure of doing Allan's Foodies' Bus Tour (available for private group bookings) a while back. It was a truly indulgent experience dotted with fascinating information about our city's food history and hotspots, tastings (including plump, fresh-as-can-be oysters) at our best stores, a lovely lunch in South Yarra, and a glass of bubbles at Books for Cooks while browsing a stunning collection of food and wine books. Now, that's a day that will remain with me forever.
Looks good and theres an afghan restaurant near where I am and Im looking forward to trying it. The smell of the spices is enticing.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer Monday, 22nd of August @ 02:34 am
I really enjoyed reading your article and finding out more about food tours in Melbourne - thanks! I love the Dandenong market and there's a great Indian supermarket near there. Thanks for the tip on Oakleigh as well - I must check it out.
By Sue Williams - senior reviewer Wednesday, 24th of August @ 04:56 am