Walking food tours help locals rediscover Surfers Paradise

17 Mar

By Mia Tarantini, Bond University Journalism Student

New food and wine tours around the Gold Coast are giving tourists the chance to eat like a local and locals the chance to rediscover their city.

Director and Founder of Gold Coast Food and Wine Tours Karen Inglis-Turner is a long-time foodie and has recently turned her passion for food and drink into a new way to open up the city to tourists and locals alike.

Ms Inglis-Turner encourages anybody interested in food and wine tastings to get involved in the tours.

“It’s a great way to spend an afternoon; you get a different experience, it’s great for events or groups and it’s a chance to meet new friends,” she said.

“It gives tourists the chance to see the area and what’s fantastic and happening on the Gold Coast.”

One of her newer tours, the Taste of Surfers Paradise, is set to give locals the ability to give the strip another chance after initially dissing it.

“Locals are coming on these tours and finding hidden gems within the food industry that they had no idea existed,” she said.

One of the challenges Ms Inglis-Turner faces is convincing the locals that there are positive aspects of Surfers Paradise.

To combat this, Ms Inglis-Turner tries to find venues using mostly local produce so that they can support the regional industry.

Gold Coast local Claire Townsend said that although she’s only been living here for six months, she’s already made up her mind about Surfers Paradise.

“It’s just too busy – I mean, I can see its appeal to young people but personally I wouldn’t choose to spend any time there,” she said.

Mrs Townsend hadn’t heard of the food and wine tours but said that she’d be interested in finding the hotspots around her new home.

“I’m only new to the Burleigh area so I’d definitely be interested in finding out where’s hot and where’s not,” she said.

“A food and wine tour seems to be the most effective way to do that.”

Ms Inglis-Turner will soon be introducing three new tours: The Taste of Gold Coast, The Taste of Queensland and The Taste of Tambourine.

Gold Coast Food and Wine Tours is offering a special ‘locals discount’ off the $129 price for the four-hour, five venue walking tour, with Ms Inglis-Turner saying that you’re guaranteed to get your money’s worth.

For more information and bookings head to goldcoastfoodandwinetours.com.au or like and follow them on Facebook.

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