When Pigs Fry


From the people that brought you 'Beer Makes History Better" comes a Toronto tour of porcine proportions. Sample bacon, pork, and sausage, find out about ethical pig farming at a local butcher, and learn about the role of the pig in pop culture, or is that pork culture?

Toronto Specialty Food Tour Highlights

  • Become a pork aficionado in the city historically known as “Hogtown”
  • Fall in love with some of Toronto’s signature pork creations
  • Experience porky bliss when savouring delicious bacon, pork, and sausage
  • Visit three cool, unique, pork-loving local restaurants
  • Learn about pork quality and sustainable, ethical pig farming at an eminent local butcher shop

Inclusions: A fun, friendly, English-speaking tour guide, bacon/sausage/pork to try at three different restaurants, one-way streetcar transportation

Exclusions: Beverages, additional food, and gratuity for your guide

Schedule details

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Meeting point: Outside the Hockey Hall of Fame (NW corner of Yonge St. and Front St.)
  • Starting time: 2.00 PM
  • Ending point: King St West near Bathurst St.
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  • It’s time for a bit of pork overload… are you ready?

    At one point there were so many pigs in Toronto that the city garnered the nickname “Hogtown”, and our pork and bacon earned a reputation for being some of the best in the world. Naturally, when you join this Toronto food tour, you experience the legendary deliciousness for yourself, through samples at some of the city’s coolest local establishments, and a visit to one of Toronto’s best butcher shops to learn about quality pork and where it comes from. Your Urban Adventures tour guide tells you about the history of domestic pig farming and the development of the pork industry in Canada. Trust us – it’s actually quite interesting! Your guide might even “ham it up” with some pig jokes… if you’re lucky.

    Your Toronto food tour begins in front of the historic Gooderham Flatiron Building, and heads to the St Lawrence Market, part of Old Town Toronto. The market itself is closed on Sundays, but a nearby restaurant serves what we’re after – a peameal bacon sandwich – which is arguably Toronto’s signature sandwich. While munching on this savoury treat, your guide explains the origin of peameal bacon, the significance of the market to Toronto, and how the area has changed over the last 200 years.

    After learning about the area and how Toronto earned the unflattering, yet beloved, nickname “Hogtown”,  hop on board one of Toronto’s iconic streetcars (known elsewhere as a “trolly” or “tram”) and roll through the financial and entertainment districts into a trendy neighbourhood in the west end favoured by young professionals. The streetcar ride is a chance to learn more about pigs, pork, and bacon, and their role in popular culture.

    Between King St West and Queen St West, this food tour in Toronto stops by a local butcher shop that specialises in organic meats from sustainably practicing farms in the region. Here, learn about organic and ethical farming, what goes into making quality pork products, and be able to ask the expert staff any questions you may have.

    In this neighbourhood you also visit two more restaurants to bite into a kind of pork recognized by the Italian government as a dish of great cultural and historical relevance, and dig into a very popular German street food with American and British flavour influences. As Toronto is such a multicultural city, it’s unsurprising that even our signature pork dishes have been transformed by different cultural influences (something us locals really love). At each of these restaurant stops, we’re lingering long enough to purchase a beverage, if you’re interested, and both places have an excellent selection of local craft beers (for those 19+ years of age).

    At the conclusion of the tour, your guide present you with several recommended options for dinner (including the restaurants visited on the tour) and can give you directions to wherever you need to go for your next adventure.

    Bacon, pork, sausage, and a ride on the streetcar. If this doesn’t sound like one of the best things to do in Toronto, then we don’t know what does! The only thing that could possibly make this tour better is if we could somehow wrap it all in more bacon. Mmmm bacon wrapped in bacon…

    Additional information

    Inclusions: A fun, friendly, English-speaking tour guide, bacon/sausage/pork to try at three different restaurants, one-way streetcar transportation

    Exclusions: Beverages, additional food, and gratuity for your guide

    Dress standard: Dress for the weather. We are taking a streetcar to cover the longest distance between stops, but we will otherwise be walking.

    Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.

    Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point.  Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

    Additional Information: There are no vegetarian or vegan options available and no food substitutions are accepted on this tour.

    Child Policy: Children between the ages of six and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children below the age of six are not permitted on this tour.

    Local contact

    Office phone number: +1 (647) 560-4332
    Email address: [email protected]

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  • Mr. Neil S. from United Kingdom travelled on 23 Aug 2017:

    Highlight of a long holiday in Canada on our final day. Mike was great fun, extremely knowledgeable and it is a great idea to finish at an excellent German beer & sausage house to extend the tour a little bit if you want!!

    Ms. Janet B. from Canada travelled on 11 Jul 2017:

    Our guide Cooper was very knowledgeable about both Toronto and the pork industry. He was extremely interesting and personable and made sure that we all had a good time. The places we went to were all delicious and I would definitely re-visit any of the stops next time I’m in Toronto. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire tour, and would highly recommend it to others.

    Ms. Robin S. from Canada travelled on 10 Apr 2017:

    Cooper was an amazing host and guide- super friendly and knowledgeable- he made the day super fun. I highly recommend this tour (or any- this is my third)- the food was amazing!

    Ms. Brenna P. from USA travelled on 05 Apr 2017:

    Our tour was amazing! Our guide Cooper was down to earth, and an absolute pleasure to hang out with! He was very informative, and made the whole experience well worth it! Can’t wait for the next one!

    Mr. Sidney J. from USA travelled on 30 Sep 2016:

    Great guide, excellent food, interesting locations

    Ms. Janet S. from USA travelled on 05 Jun 2016:

    Mike was great! Will write more details for TripAdvisor soon

    Mr. Marwan T. from USA travelled on 27 Mar 2016:

    mike was a very informative guide, easy to talk to, and very enthusiastic. the food choice was excellent

    Ms. Samantha O. from Canada travelled on 24 Sep 2015:

    I enjoyed everything except the poutine. Overall, great day and the tour guide was knowledgeable.

    Mr. Alan L. from USA travelled on 06 Sep 2015:

    Jackie was delightful. She educated us well about the topic and other aspects of the city.

    Mr. Gary K. from USA travelled on 12 Jul 2015:


    Mr. Mathew J. from Australia travelled on 13 Nov 2014:

    As a guide Jason was more than we expected and you couldn’t fault his enthusiasm or knowledge. This tour is fantastic and I would recommend to all!

    Mr. James S. from Australia travelled on 30 May 2014:

    Fantastic tour. Jason was awesome. The Healthy Butcher’s bacon was the best I have had.

    Mrs. Jennifer O. from Canada travelled on 28 Nov 2013:

    This was an excellent tour! My husband and I have lived in Toronto our whole lives but still managed to learn an awful lot from our guide. The pork sampled at all the restaurants was excellent and was a great reflection of our local cuisine. I also appreciated the focus on sustainability and food practices held to the highest standard.

    Ms. Erica G. from USA travelled on 30 May 2013:

    Jason led us on a unique adventure through the city that lived up to the name, “When pigs fry”. The tour itself was a delightful trifecta of Toronto’s history, an high-level overview of the neighborhoods, and food (num num num)..