Joyce is the Community Manager for Vancouver Foodie Tours. She is the stomach behind the company’s social channels and online publications. Joyce loves to travel the world and is fascinated by the central role that food plays in all cultures. Food brings people together, and many of her fondest memories involve a great meal with family and friends.
Joyce loves Vancouver for its diverse and authentic food culture and the city’s breathtaking scenery. She is passionate about people and its excited to use her creativity, graphic design, and marketing background with Vancouver Foodie Tours. She is thankful to work with the company’s amazing team of foodies and to continue to build new relationships in the city.
People are often deceived by Joyce’s petite nature, as her appetite knows no bounds. She’s affectionately known as “Little Dumpling” and can always find room for dessert.
How do the experiences you offer at Vancouver Foodie Tours give guests a unique perspective on the history, people or culture of your region?
Food is a central component to cultures across the globe. A city’s culinary scene gives insight to its history, values, ambitions, and people. Vancouver Foodie Tours provide opportunities to be immersed in Vancouver’s multicultural food scene, which has earned international acclaim. You can taste the best Chinese food outside of China, the freshest seafood in the world, and the farm-to-table produce of British Columbia. You’ll learn the background of the food, the stories of the chefs, and the significance to the city. Our expert tour guides are proud to be ambassadors for Vancouver and culture – food and otherwise. We make personal connections with each guests, giving local insight and making memorable experiences.
How have the experiences that you offer evolved since their inception?
Since inception, our tour portfolio has extended to new neighbourhoods in the city. We now have four tours – The Guilty Pleasures Gourmet Tour, The Granville Island Market Tour, The World’s Best Food Truck Tour, and the Gastronomic Gastown Tour (launching May 2016). Over the years we have built relationships with many incredible partners. Whether it’s a story, a technique, a new dish – we learn something new every day and continue to refine our Foodie Tours to provide guests with the best possible experience.
What is one detail of an experience you provide that may go unnoticed by guests, but which you feel is important?
All of our tasting partners are places that we genuinely love which feature food that we seriously crave. We work together to feature best-in-class tastings and we pay our partners for the food and beverages on each tour. We’ve found that this element gives authenticity to our Foodie Tours and builds long-standing relationships with our community.
What do you wish every guest knew as they consider participating in the experiences you offer?
We’ve found that guests derive the most value from a Vancouver Foodie Tour when they take the tour at the beginning of their trip. It allows guests to get an overview of the city, collect recommendations, and chat with their local tour guide. Our knowledge extends far beyond food – we’re well versed on Vancouver’s tourist attractions, culture, and neighbourhoods!
What is one travel trend that really excites you?
Food tours are becoming more popular around the globe! We do food tours whenever we travel. In our opinion, it’s the best way to experience a city and we’re thrilled to see/be a part of the food tour movement.
Besides the obvious bonus of eating, what sets Vancouver Foodie Tours apart from other excursions in the city?
Yes, the food is certainly a game-changer! However, it’s our team and incredible tour guides that make each experience special. We genuinely love Vancouver and we’re excited by the opportunity to share our city with others. We work with a great community of people and it’s our pleasure to introduce guests to the attractions/restaurants/events/neighbourhoods that are near to our hearts.
What is one insiders tip to getting the most out of an experiential travel vacation?
Whether it’s your tour guide, a concierge, or a friendly face on the street, find a local and ask lots of questions!
What is one strategy that has helped your business to grow?
TripAdvisor is a great way for a small business like us to grow. It’s a trusted place for potential guests to read what to expect and what to look forward to. Likewise, it’s a resource for us to hear honest feedback from our guests. If you take a read – some of the reviews on our Foodie Tours will leave you drooling!
What is one personal habit that has helped you to be successful?
Never stop learning!
Please share one instance where a guest had a moving or emotional reaction to the experience you provided to them.
We’re humbled to have received lots of wonderful TripAdvisor reviews over the years! Here’s one that came in this weekend:
One of my favorite highlights from my 5 day stay in the green, eco-friendly, beautiful city of Vancouver was the Gourmet Foodie Tour. The tour was hosted by the easy-on-the-eyes Nadia, a master chef in her own right (having worked in the kitchens of world famous chefs from distant lands of Thailand, to London [Gordon Ramsey]). The trip began at Kirin Restaurant, and since I am from the backwater of Nebraska, it was amazing to taste the Dim Sum and some steam rolls. (They smell fantastic but don’t eat them too fast like I did, you might burn your tongue!)
As you savor the food in your mouth, Nadia, the expert tour guide, describes virtually every ingredient, and some history/background of the food; it adds another layer of satisfaction as she is a word-smith and extremely well-spoken. (In fact another visitor suggested that she start her own blog, which I am still hoping she does, where she describes restaurants, exotic foods, and her adventures of the chef’s world.) Since she is a master chef, she has tried pretty much all of the best food within town. Unlike myself, I am not a major foodie (although this trip might turn you into one), nor have the sensitive palliate other foodies or chefs have, I was able to enjoy this solo trip mostly through the downtown area enjoying every little bite through Vancouver’s delicious shops.
Another word I would like to describe the tour is: professional. We virtually had no wait for our food when we stopped at each point (unless it had to have some minor prep to remain fresh and top quality), so this tour would even could enough for professional business trips by groups. I personally did not have any allergies, vegetarian preferences, but I noticed a few of the other locals/tourists were catered too their particular preferences and there were only smiles of savory satisfaction. Since we had a “best bite” of sushi in one of the amazing hotels, and since Nadia has vast knowledge of other restaurants in the local area, she recommended Tojo’s sushi, which I went their later and had their 5 course sushi meal, which was some of the best sushi I have had ever had.
I could keep going on, but between this and all the historical tours, this should be at the top of your things to do when you visit Vancouver, and I wish I could have done all three tours they offer. There is a reason why this is on the top of Vancouver’s “to do” list, it simply cannot be missed! Visited April 2016
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