Gold Coast Food and Wine Tours is operated by Karen Inglis-Turner, a self-confessed Foodie through and through. Karen has a passion for all types of food, wine and cocktails. Flavour and quality are paramount to Karen and she has brought these attributes to her unique tours of the finest the Gold Coast has to offer in food and drinks.
After a fun-filled trip to Hawaii, Karen was blown away by the experience of going on local food tours on the islands. Her passion for the culinary delights around the world and her natural love of being around people and sharing her experiences encouraged her to establish Gold Coast Food and Wine Tours. Karen knew there were so many amazing places on the Gold Coast that many people didn’t know about and she wanted to be the one who could give the local insider’s knowledge to others on her food tours.
Karen recalls, “It all started when I went to Hawaii. Time was short so I did a tour to find out where the locals ate and the best food. He took me into these little places in back streets that you just don’t find when you’re visiting a place. It was great fun and made a real difference to the enjoyment of my holiday. When I got back, I searched and found nothing like it on the Gold Coast and decided there and then, that’s what I was going to do.”
Based on the Gold Coast, Karen’s career has progressed from a business development background to following her passion in food and drinks. A big believer in living life with passion and making the most of every moment, it only seemed natural that she take this step to share with others the amazing experiences that can be found on the Gold Coast.
Karen is experienced in the hosting, reviewing, training and running of food tours in Queensland and with her outstanding knowledge of local cuisine, Karen is excited to commence Gold Coast Food and Wine Tours. She knows the local industry inside out and loves a good story so your tours will be full of local knowledge.
Karen loves to share her enthusiasm and experience with fellow foodies, visitors to the Gold Coast, locals on date nights, hens parties, corporate team building or just guests who are interested in discovering what delicious gourmet delights the Gold Coast has to offer.
“It’s not just good eating and drinking, you also need to like people! And I do. I love entertaining or taking people out and laughing and having fun and helping them to experience joy. I realised it was a turning point in my life and this is what I was passionate about so I could stay enthusiastic to build a business around it.” Karen explains.
Karen thrives on helping guests to enjoy and discover an afternoon of Food, Wine and Fun in a selection of beautiful areas throughout the Gold Coast.
Karen is a professional tour guide and a member of Institute of Australian Tour Guides which ensures the highest standards of competence and integrity. IAGT is a national professional industry association that represents Australian tour guides.