From Afghanistan to Persia (Merrylands)


Cuisine - Afghan, Turkish,  and Iranian

Location - Merrylands

Tour length -3.5 hours 10.30am - 2.00pm or 6.00pm - 9.00pm in January and Ramadan

Frequency Wednesday evening in January then specified Saturday or Sunday

Accessibility - Train, car and bus

Walking effort - Medium

Food alert - Meat and gluten*

Suitable for - halal

NOT suitable for - gluten free

Tour options - Available for private groups and school tours - contact us.

Price - $99 (adult) /  $89 (concession) / $79 (kids 12-18) / $55 (kids 5-11) 
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What you can expect

Enjoy dishes lovingly prepared and shared with you by the newest Australians.  Traditional recipes have come on long (and sometimes perilous) journeys from homes in Afghanistan and Persia (Iran), brought to keep these homelands alive in hearts and bellies. 

These dishes are shared with you as our new neighbours and friends. You will enjoy a quick stopover for Turkish street food and then indulge in an Afghan and Persian feast which includes delicate sweets and spiced ice cream, spiced teas, and dishes that are as 'Dizi' as their names and as marvelous as 'Mantu' can be. You will discover the flavours created by the addition of dried limes and saffron, and enjoy some of the best rice and bread to be had anywhere in the world. 

Along the way you will meet generous business owners and hear stories of hopes and dreams of people making long journeys to a new life in Australia.

This is far from your typical food tour! If you like exploring new cultures and communities and building relationships through food, then this is the experience for you.

This tour is proudly supported through funding from Cumberland Council and NSW State Government though the Stronger Communties fund.


  • experiencing a selection of authentic cultural food
  • local, friendly and knowledgeable tour guide
  • meeting the business owners and hearing their stories
  • learning about the local history, culture, and, of course, the food
  • finding the places where the locals eat

What's included

  • 3.5-hour guided cultural tasting tour
  • tasting local specialties
  • generous local food specialty tastings at cafes, restaurants and shops
  • food equivalent to a generous meal (or more)
  • visiting the best local shopping spot 

Eat for good!

Taste Tours celebrate a diverse Australia and are designed to build understanding across cultures through food. 

We recruit, train and employee amazing local people with stories to share and we only support independent family-run businesses. We operate tours in sometimes surprising locations that we know are full of high quality food businesses. These are places that are largely undiscovered by non-locals, and often receive unfair media reporting. We aim to break down stereotypes and share the untold stories of food and culture. 

You are supporting fantastic, vibrant local communities and businesses with every ticket you buy.

Food allergies, needs and


*All tours have a food alert. Please inform us beforehand of your needs, and where possible, we will organise alternative tastings for vegetarian, gluten free, no chilli and no pork, and many other common needs. 

We will note any food requirements that we are unable to cater for on a particular tour.