Ontario Culinary Tourism Awards of Excellence



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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.

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.  Presented by the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance, these awards recognize those who work hard to tell the stories of our growers, chefs, and beverage producers.

 The Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence are a celebration of success and an opportunity to recognize those who have made significant contributions to Ontario’s tourism industry. These awards are jointly presented by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario, the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation, and the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance. The Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence are divided into three categories: Tourism Industry Awards of Excellence, Tourism Marketing and Travel Media Awards of Excellence, and of course, the Culinary Tourism Awards of Excellence.

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LEADERSHIP_2018This award recognizes Ontario organizations who have or are working on developing a destination through investment in food, drink and/or agri-tourism. 


experience_2018This award recognizes an Ontario organization or business that delivers an exceptional, authentic consumer experience showcasing the best Ontario food and drink.



This award recognizes an Ontario-based festival or event that demonstrates its commitment to showcasing local food and drink products and is therefore an authentic expression on Ontario.



We_awardsquare 2018 Leadership Award

Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island

Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island is the official Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for the regional tourism industry. They are a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting and selling Windsor, Essex and Pelee Island as a remarkable destination.visitwindsoressex.com

Finalists included:Iron Kettle B&B, Niagara Parks
10683928_339915386175389_1675417851_n2018 Experience Award

Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh

Cranberry growing has been a Johnston family tradition since 1950. We’re dedicated to responsible growing practices for a sustainable future. Every day you can tour and taste what Muskoka’s all about. Every season brings new discoveries, so plan your visit now!


Finalists included:The CN Tower, The Brewery Discovery Routes
ff8 2018 Event Of The Year

FUNKfest by Sawdust City Brewing Co.

Tantalize your tastebuds with barrel-aged Berliners, funky-fresh fruit brews and pucker power concoctions from Ontario craft breweries! Live music, fresh food, and festivities hosted in a blow-out parking lot party under the big Muskoka sky!


Finalists included: Cheers Caledon!, Farm to Table Community Celebration

Find a full list of Ontario Tourism Award finalists here!

For any questions regarding the Ontario Culinary Tourism Awards of Excellence,  please contact Agatha at agatha@ontarioculinary.com or at 416-644-3601. 

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