Our Partners


Preferred Partners


Zeno Group

Our storytelling heritage is fundamental, as is our drive to disrupt and pursue the unexpected across myriad channels and platforms. We are an independent, entrepreneurial team of visionaries, experts and achievers relentlessly focused on transformative work that delivers real business value to our clients. And to get there, we are guided every day by our North Star – Fearless Pursuit of the Unexpected. With a plethora of experience in the food and beverage and hospitality industry, Zeno has created innovative, breakthrough programming for clients like Barilla, Anheuser-Busch and Destination Canada. In 2016, Zeno was named one of the Best Places to Work by PRWeek , “Creative Agency of the Year” at the 2016 SABRE Awards and recognized at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity in 2016, winning a Gold Cannes Lion and a Bronze PR Cannes Lion. In addition, Zeno is the unprecedented three-time winner of PRWeek’s “US Mid-Size Agency of the Year” award. Zeno is a DJE Holdings Company. For more information, visit us at ZenoGroup.com.  


Cities are more than pretty buildings; travel to meet the people. Lokafy helps travellers see new places through the eyes of the people who live there. We let you see cities as they are meant to be seen. Lokafy is on a mission to make travel about people not just places. Get to know people from around the globe and understand the world a little bit better. Visit: Lokafy.com  


At Universe, our mission is simple: Bring people together in real life through events. Founded in Toronto in 2011, we’ve built a platform for people to discover and create events all over the world. Following unprecendented growth in 2014, we’ve expanded our offices from Toronto to San Francisco and doubled the size of our team that’s dedicated to serving the needs of our organizers and fans. Together, we’ve built a community of over 28,000 event organizers and hundreds of thousands of fans who are the heart of our company. Visit: Universe.com  

Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC)

CFCC is OCTA’s 2016 Charity of Choice. A portion of all proceeds made at Feast ON events will be given to CFCC to help support good food initiatives.  Community Food Centres Canada provides resources and a proven approach to partner organizations across Canada to create Community Food Centres that bring people together to grow, cook, share, and advocate for good food. CFCC also works with the broader food movement to build greater capacity for impact and to empower communities to work toward a healthy and fair food system. Visit: cfccanada.ca  


Colleges & Universities

Education is the cornerstone to making food tourism grow. The thought-leading post-secondary institutions listed here are committed to local food and are ensuring the next generation have an understanding of why it’s important and how it impacts the tourism industry as well.
Centennial College is Ontario’s first community college, established in 1966, primarily serving the eastern portion of the Greater Toronto Area through four campuses and seven satellite locations. The School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts prepares you for careers in any of the 5 sectors of tourism: Accommodation, Food and beverage, Transportation, Travel services, Recreation and entertainment.

Find out more at CentennialCollege.ca

With an education in hospitality from George Brown you’ll have a wide range of opportunities ahead of you. George Brown College acts as the bridge to connect students to industry, and exposure to premier restaurants, hotels and event planners. One of the best ways to learn a job is by actually doing it, so we offer field education placements in most of our programs to ensure you get real experience and are workplace ready.

Find out more at: georgebrown.ca/hospitality

Whether you’re from around the corner or around the globe, Fanshawe College offers career training and skills upgrading to suit your needs. They offer a wide variety of undergraduate and post-graduate programs and courses that lead to employment opportunities in many areas including hospitality, tourism and culinary arts.

For more information, please visit the Registrar’s Office.

Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute is Canada’s only campus for Le Cordon Bleu. Every year, students from all over the world, representing more than 100 nationalities, attend our campus to share a common bond in their passion for pastry and cuisine. All classes are taught in a state-of-the-art facility with specially designed amphitheatres featuring closed-circuit cameras, mirrors and audio systems for demonstration classes and professional kitchens for practical hands-on training.

For more information, please visit: cordonbleu.edu

Niagara College Hospitality and Tourism students enjoy an unrivalled learning environment, with outstanding facilities and highly qualified faculty. Students have the edge, learning in one of the world’s greatest travel destinations. In the Niagara Region, hospitality and tourism is estimated as a $1-billion industry annually, providing for great networking and co-op opportunities in world class hotels and restaurants.

Find out more at: NiagaraCollege.ca

Learn in actual restaurant kitchens, be inspired by working professionals who are in touch with the industry and who will prepare you for its ever-changing needs and trends. Expand your knowledge in classical and contemporary cuisine, pastry, food writing, business, restaurant design, wine fundamentals, nutrition and more

Find out more: stratfordchef.com

The University of Guelph is ranked as one of Canada’s top comprehensive universities because of our commitment to student learning and innovative research. We are dedicated to cultivating the essentials for our quality of life – water, food, environment, animal and human health, community, commerce, culture and learning.

Learn more by visiting the University of Guelph website.


Ontario Government


Ministry of Tourism

The Ontario Ministry of Tourism collaborates with tourism partners and industry on a variety of tourism products and initiatives. To find your local Ontario Tourism field representative for the latest programs and details click tourism.gov.on.ca.

Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation

The Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC) is the premier tourism marketer for the province of Ontario. Its mandate is to promote Ontario as a year-round tourism destination to citizens at home and markets around the world. For the latest opportunities visit tourismpartners.com and click on ‘Partnership Opportunities’.

Ontario Tourism Education Corporation  (OTEC)

The Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC) helps organizations and destinations develop their people, improve performance and achieve their goals for business success. Their exceptional service excellence training and industry-specific emerit occupational certification are designed for tourism, hospitality and a host of other service sectors.  Visit otec.org for more.

Economic Developers Council of Ontario

EDCO is an independent, non-profit, incorporated association of persons engaged in economic development. EDCO will provide leadership to enhance the professional development of its members; advance economic development as a profession and support our municipalities in fostering economic prosperity in the province of Ontario.  Visit edco.on.ca for more.  

Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

The Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities works to help residents of our province get the education and training they need to build a rewarding career after high school and throughout their working career. There are a various programs, apprenticeships and many other kinds of training and education. To learn more about opportunities in education, visit edu.gov.on.ca/eng/tcu/.  

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) collaborates with agricultural partners and industry on a variety of new agriculture-tourism products and initiatives. To find your local OMAFRA field representative for the latest programs and details click omafra.gov.on.ca.  

Foodland Ontario

Founded in 1977, Foodland Ontario is a consumer promotion program that works with Ontario produce growers to achieve maximum penetration of the Ontario market for our provincially-grown fresh fruits and vegetables. One of the main objectives of the program is to maintain consumer intent to purchase Ontario produce at the 80% plus threshold, thereby assisting Ontario growers to maximize their market share. For more information, please see foodland.gov.on.ca



Industry Organizations


Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation

Ontario’s Greenbelt is an area of over 1.8 million acres of permanently protected green space, farmland, vibrant communities, forests, wetlands, and watersheds – encompassing the Niagara Escarpment, Oak Ridges Moraine, and Rouge Park. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is dedicated to promoting and sustaining the Greenbelt as a beneficial, valuable, and permanent feature, enhancing the quality of life for all residents of Ontario. For more information, please see ourgreenbelt.ca.  

Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO)

The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario is the umbrella organization for the 50 leading associations and destination marketing organizations serving Ontario’s diverse tourism industry. It collectively represents the thousands of businesses and employees that are dedicated to promoting and operating the Province’s tourism infrastructure. For more information please visit TIAOntario.ca or contact Beth Potter at info@tiaontario.ca  

Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC)

TMAC is a membership based organization working to bring Canada’s travel media and tourism industry closer together. Approximately 450 members (40% media, 60% industry) across the country are made up of travel writers, authors, broadcasters, photographers, producers and industry members from all travel sectors. TMAC members must re-qualify for membership every 2 years with evidence of their published or broadcast works. For more information on TMAC’s structure and function visit travelmedia.ca  

Sustain Ontario

Sustain Ontario is a province-wide, cross-sectoral alliance that promotes healthy food and farming. Sustain Ontario takes a collaborative approach to research, policy development and action by addressing the intersecting issues related to healthy food and local sustainable agriculture. Sustain Ontario is working towards a food system that is healthy, ecological, equitable and financially viable. For more information about Sustain Ontario visit sustainontario.com  

Travel Massive

Travel Massive is a global initiative to connect people in the travel industry locally, bringing together travel brands, travel startups, and travel bloggers and travel professionals.  Travel Massive is based on three key values: Free to attend events; Open to all travel industry; Connect and share globally. For more info, visit travelmassive.com    
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