Announcing the 2018 Ontario Culinary Tourism Awards Finalists

Culinary Tourism in Ontario tells the magnificent story of our food, our land and our varied people. This years’ champions exemplify the innovation in storytelling that satiates the growing appetite of folks to experience local flavours. Cheers-Cup-close-up These awards are about the passion and excellence of those dedicated to advancing the culinary tourism movement in Ontario. Through their steadfast leadership and unique experiences, both winners and finalists set the bar for what culinary tourism in Ontario represents. These awards are jointly presented by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario, the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation, Attractions Ontario and the Culinary Tourism Alliance. CranberryPlunge2
THE JUDGING Our awards are a little different. Our judges are made up of 3 – 5 well-traveled members of the food and travel media sector. At least one judge visits each nominate business or location before reconvening to choose three finalists (and the winner!). This year, our judges were:
  • Valerie Howes, journalist and author
  • Renee Suen, restaurant and travel writer
  • Rod Charles, Deputy Editor at

The awards are divided into three categories: Leadership, Experience and Event of the Year.  So, without further ado, here are this year’s finalists:


Iron Kettle Bed & Breakfast     Comber, Ontario Niagara Parks     Niagara Region, Ontario Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island (TWEPI)     Windsor, Ontario  


Brewery Discover Routes     9 Routes across Ontario CN Tower / 360 Restaurant     Toronto, Ontario Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery     Bala, Ontario  


Cheers Caledon!     Town of Caledon, Ontario Farm to Table Community Celebration     Tweed, Ontario FUNKfest     Gravenhurst, Ontario  

For a full list of finalists in all categories, including Tourism Industry Awards, Media Awards and more, visit

Winners will be announced at the Ontario Tourism Awards Gala on October 24th, 2018, following the Ontario Tourism Summit. To purchase tickets, click here.

Stay tuned!

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