Edmonton's food scene has exploded in the past few years with so many new restaurants it's hard to count! One of the best ways of experiencing all of these places are food tours: you get a bit (in some cases a lot) of activity in while being able to sample the best of the best offerings from a multitude of restaurants. The principle of these food tours isn't to burn off all of the calories you consume, it's to realize that this city has so much to offer that is just a short bike ride or walk away. There are a multitude of tours in Edmonton ranging from sit down experiences, where you don't move and the variety of businesses bring the food to you, and biking tours that can take you about 20 km around the ctiy touring each business. I have chosen a few of the tours that either include a walk, be prepared to walk a out 1 kilometer over the tour, to a bike ride that can lat about 6 hours, here they are:
1) Epicurean Adventure Tours: (http://www.eatyeg.com/)
This group holds food tours on multiple days - from evening dashes in Beverley touring those favourite little restaurants and bars in the Beverly neighbourhood to the "Beacon and Brews Tour" that takes you to a variety of South Edmonton's breweries and restaurants that serve pork. Be prepared to walk about 1 km in between the variety of locations! Cost is between $60 for an evening to $110 for a half a day. You'll get a nice sample of different communities that aren't just in the downtown area.
2) Big Food Tours: (https://www.bigfoodtours.ca/)
They hold tours in three regions in Edmonton: Ice District, Stratchona, and the Brewery District all costing $105.75. At each of these locations you'll get to meet the chefs, learn about the food, and visit 5 restaurants with 5 cocktails and 25 food samples over 4 hours. The distance varies depending on which restaurants are involved but this is a walking tour so expect about a 1 km distance total.
3) Food Bike Tour: (https://www.foodbiketour.com/)
Covered 6 restaurants from Argentinian restaurants to Vietnamese ones. Be prepared to eat a lot and enjoy a few beverages along the way. You will hit some pretty big distances on the bike over 6 hours, I think we went about 20 km! This is definitely a trip for passionate bikers. The cost for this trip is around $100.
4) Urban Pedal Tours: (https://www.urbanpedaltours.com/)
Ok hold on to your hats... or bar stools for this one. You're literally riding a U shaped bike with bar stools as seats and wooden bar tops as handles. No booze is consumed on the vehicle itself but you will travel to 3 different bars on either Whyte Avenue and Jasper Ave. I had a lot of fun on this tour and if you weren't friends with everyone on the tour... you will be by the second stop! The cost is $38 per person but you do need to pay for the drinks or any food at each of the locations. Expect this to be about a 2 hour tour.