Eat/Drink: Food tours bring a feast for the taste buds and senses

Western Sydney is a pool of multiculturalism where all can indulge in the fragrance of Turkish spices, the decadence of Lebanese sweets, the tenderness of slow cooked curried meats of Indian cuisine and the freshness of farm grown produce.

For those interested in discovering more about the edible wonders the region has to offer, why not take a food tour?

Groups of people are taken to culinary hot spots where they can learn from traditional chefs what their cuisines are all about.

Taste Food Tours, by the not-for-profit Benevolent Society, has tours in Harris Park, Granville and Guildford covering Indian, Pakistani, Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisines.

Product manager Julie Everton said the tours were set up in areas with a strong cultural food influence and that had previously received negative publicity.

"Parramatta Council was very supportive and interested in the activation of some of its cultural areas," she said.

Customer Jane Gray said taking a tour was "a wonderful way of getting to know little pockets of Sydney."

Sue Downing, who took part in a tour of Granville, said she didn't know much about the area.

"Now I'm so impressed — what a diverse and generous population here."

Taste Food Tours costs $60 for children, $90 for adults or $70 concession.

The Benevolent Society provides training and possible employment for people interested in becoming a guide. Last year it trained 18 people, of whom 11 were employed. Interested? Email tastetours@benevolent.org.au.

Find a food tour near you:

The Hills, Penrith, Hawkesbury: Create your own food tour using the comprehensive guide in the Farmgate Trails section of the Hawkesbury Harvest website. Learn about what's produced and where to go.

Auburn: From Turkish drinks, food and ingredients to emporiums filled with spices and delicacies, discover the riches of this vibrant suburb with Gourmet Safaris.

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