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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Application deadline has now passed. We will be announcing finalists in all three categories in mid September. Thank you!

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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This award recognizes an Ontario organization, collaborative group or community who has or is working on developing a destination through investment in culinary tourism.

When putting together your application, include support materials and do your best to address the following:

Describe how this committee or organization has taken on a leadership role in promoting culinary tourism.

Describe the past year that have demonstrated leadership skills and comprehension of the multiple layers of culinary tourism.

Describe any partnerships that have been formed with other culinary organizations, suppliers or growers within the past year.

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This award recognizes an Ontario organization. group or business that delivers an authentic consumer experience showcasing the best of Ontario food and beverage.

When putting together your application, include support materials and do your best to address the following:

Describe the culinary experience(s) being offered by the individual or business.

Describe how you or your business have been successful in promoting local ingredients and products to create a multi-layered culinary tourism experience

Please detail the elements of your culinary tourism experience including partnerships, branding and commitment to local products.

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This award recognizes an Ontario based festival or event that is an authentic culinary tourism experience through its commitment to showcasing local food and beverage products.

When putting together your application, include support materials and do your best to address the following:

Describe the culinary experience(s) being offered during this festival/event.

Describe how has this festival/event been successful in promoting local ingredients and products to create a multi-layered culinary tourism experience in Ontario.

Please detail the elements of your festival/event including local partnerships, unique activations and sourcing practices.

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Adam Waxman

Adam Waxman is the Executive Editor of DINE magazine. As a food, wine and travel journalist he contributes to numerous publications. Adam is an actor and has performed on film, TV and various stages including the Stratford Festival. Watch for him as the host of the TV series The Hungry Wanderer.

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Valerie Howes

National Magazine Award-nominated food and travel writer Valerie Howes writes for publications such as Globe and Mail, National Post enRoute, West Jet and Food Arts.

She lives and works in Toronto and is co-authoring a book with Chefs for Oceans founder Ned Bell on sustainable seafood as well as producing a multi-platform project around social entrepreneurship in the food and drink industry.

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David Lee

Growing up in a multicultural city like Toronto, Dave has always long had an appreciation for good food wherever it comes from. He also has a keen interest in issues surrounding food such as sustainability, labour practices, racism, and sexism. In addition to food he’s also gone deep into the world of craft beer, trying more than 800 unique beers in the process. He currently shares his food and beer thoughts @davesunlee and @davidsunlee. Dave currently works as a photo editor in Toronto.

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Anne DesBrisay

Anne DesBrisay is an Ottawa-based author, food writer, and culinary judge. For twenty years, she was the Ottawa Citizen’s restaurant critic, and now writes about the National Capital Region’s fine food and restaurant scene for Ottawa Magazine, Harry, MacLeans, among others. Anne is senior editor for Taste & Travel Magazine and the author of Capital Dining, her trio of guide books to the best places to eat. Her latest book, Ottawa Cooks, will be published in the fall of 2016.

 


winners

 

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Norfolk County

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Norfolk County is a leader in their region, inspiring stakeholders and building new products and campaigns with a real commitment to local food. In 2014, they published their first cookbook celebrating chefs and farmers of the region.

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Niagara Culinary Tours

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Niagara Culinary Tours offers the unique experience of a walking food tour. Think of it as speed dating with restaurants! We offer a blend of culture, food and history. Enjoy what Niagara’s locally owned and operated restaurants have to offer.

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Taste-Real : Local Food Fest

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Enjoy the tastes of Guelph Wellington, watch food skills demos and pick up fresh and real local food. You can learn about fermenting, cheese making, butchery, backyard chickens, foraging, canning, bread baking and goat milking through free workshops too!


Find a full list of Ontario Tourism Award finalists here!


 

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS!

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