Oakleigh street dining

Experience the flavours and culture of Greece on a walking food tour in the heart of Oakleigh.

Gourmet Food Safaris will lead a guided tour that allows attendees to discover the best of Greek fare on offer in Oakleigh.

The day-long tour starts with a coffee and an introduction to Oakleigh’s rich Greek heritage and culture; a suburb that has become renowned as Melbourne’s “little Greece”.

It then moves on to a variety of tastings where dips, olives, cheese, Gyros (souvlaki) and other goods can be sampled, before finishing up with a sit-down lunch as the main meal.

Tour guide Victoria Kyriakopoulos says the walking food tour is not only a great way to discover the flavours of Greek food in Oakleigh but also gives attendees a valuable cultural lesson.

“You get a sense of the character of the place and of the Greek community in Oakleigh,” she says.

“It’s all family-run businesses so you get to meet the families and kids working behind the counter. Everyone is really passionate about what they do – they’re passionate about their produce and their business.

Marinated feta

“You also get to hear the stories along the way and get a unique insight into the local Greek culture.”

Ms Kyriakopoulos says the tour takes attendees “behind the scenes” of some of the bakeries and food stores in Oakleigh, giving them a chance to meet business owners.

“One of the great things about Oakleigh is all the characters we get to meet and talk to on the tour,” she says.

Oakleigh is the perfect destination for a Greek food tour because the area provides an environment similar to that of a small Greek village, says Kyriakopoulos.

“It’s quite a unique destination – there’s nowhere else in Australia where you get that immersion in Greek culture.

“Oakleigh has a very special atmosphere. It is bustling on a Saturday and that makes it feel very much like a genuine Greek village.”

Ms Kyriakopoulos says tour attendees can look forward to a “very full” and “lively” day.

“They (attendees) leave Oakleigh with a real sense of the Greek characters and flavours.”

 

The next Gourmet Food Safaris Greek walking food tour in Oakleigh is planned for Saturday, May 21, 2016.

For bookings, visit gourmetsafaris.com.au