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Winner of the 2015 Ontario Culinary Tourism Experience Award. Niagara Culinary Tours offers the unique experience of a walking food tour. Think of it as speed dating with restaurants! We offer a blend of culture, food and history. Enjoy what Niagara’s locally owned and operated restaurants have to offer. Each Niagara Culinary Tour will visit several local restaurants where you will have a taste of Niagara cuisine and meet chefs, owners and friendly hospitality professionals. Along the way your guide will talk about the history of the area and point out cultural landmarks. You will get a chance to eat, walk and embrace your inner foodie!

Photo of Kimberley and Steven with Rebecca of OCTA

 Niagara Culinary Tours began after a trip to Charleston where a food tour inspired Steven and Kimberley to create their own company. Realizing how incredibly lucky they are to live in Niagara they knew this was a wonderful way to share their good fortune with others. We have so many chefs known for being locavores, an area steeped in history, surrounded by VQA wines and the Niagara Escarpment. Whether you are a visiting world traveller, a day tripper or a local who wants to stop and smell the prosciutto, Niagara Culinary Tours is for you!

 Steven Lovelace

Born and raised in the big city of Melbourne, Australia. One highly social Aussie who loves food and wine. After a trip to Charleston he realized that he could combine the things he loves, to start up Niagara Culinary Tours. Steven has over 17 years of experience as a territory manager in licensee sales for Niagara wineries and has served his way across continents as a waiter in many fast paced restaurants including those in London, England, Whistler, B.C. , Toronto and Niagara. Steven is a proud member of Les Marmitons, spending time learning new cooking techniques from local chefs with his fellow food lovers. Known to frequently utter the words “what do you want for dinner?” Steven looks forward to being on the cutting edge of this exciting new culinary trend.

Steven talking about wine pairing

Kimberley Gunning

Kimberley is a home grown Niagaran who is known to plan trips around what they’re going to eat on vacation. Kimberley is the master organizer of the team. As a community volunteer she has held a number of executive positions, which allowed her to showcase her incredible strength in event planning. With a graduate degree from University of Toronto in social work and a diploma in fashion merchandising, perhaps an unlikely food tour operator but Kimberley is trained to be highly attuned to people’s needs and has a keen ability to recognize emerging trends. A self-proclaimed foodie who has been known to Instagram a meal or two. She is a party planner extraordinaire in her spare time and a certified Niagara Ambassador, Professional Event Planner and TICO Travel Counsellor. In 2017 she added co-author to her resume  with her contribution to Volume 3 in the best selling series, Dreaming BIG Being BOLD. In it, Kimberley shares her story of being a culinary tourism entrepreneur.  Kimberley is passionate about food, wine, travel and of course, Niagara.

Photo of Kimberley 

 

Our Amazing Culinary Guides

 

Our lead guide Charlie

Charlie

Our Lead Tour Guide

Also sometimes known as "Really?! Charlie". Charlie is a resident of Old Towne and loves to share his historical wisdom and his quick wit. He enjoys leading groups in Niagara on the Lake and we can guarantee that an afternoon with Charlie is never boring!

 

.Gary King

Gary King

Gary King is a recently retired school principal living in Welland with his wife Phyllis and son Michael; son Nathan and daughter Rebbecca live in Australia. He is a former President and long-time member of the Niagara Falls Nature Club. Gary graduated from the McMaster University (BA Hist) and obtained a MEd from Brock University, and spent three decades teaching in Niagara elementary schools. Gary leads tours in Niagara Falls.

Tiffany Mayer

Tiffany Mayer

Tiffany Mayer loves sharing the stories of Niagara food. She’s a journalist by training and has spent her career writing about farming and food. Niagara has been her muse since 2005 and since moving here, she has met and written about many of the farmers, chefs and food artisans who have dedicated their careers to keeping us well fed. She calls St. Catharines home and in her spare time, you find her at her keyboard writing or tucking into something tasty. Tiffany is our St Catharines guide.  

 

Photo of guide Chris 

Chris Radimer

Originally from Winnipeg Manitoba, Chris Radimer spent years travelling to unique locations around the world with the Royal Canadian Navy before retiring and settling in Port Colborne. He brings an appreciation of fine food, wine, coffee and art to his tours, and wIth a degree in history and a love of learning, Chris looks forward to sharing stories as we sample the best of what Niagara has to offer. In his spare time, Chris enjoys kayaking, film, and cooking for his lovely wife Marla.