Terroir & The Giant Sandwich

By Agatha Podgorski

Oxford Cheese Please!

By Agatha Podgorski

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When the Great Pumpkin Comes, Offer Him a Beer

By Pat Anderson

We don’t want to admit it, but it’s fall. Soon the leaves will start turning and people will start putting fall decorations outside their front doors. Colourful leaves and pumpkins aren’t the only thing we’ll be seeing hitting homes this season though!

Tourism Industry Announces 2012 Finalists


The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario, the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation and the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance–hey, that’s us!–are pleased to announce the awards finalists for the 2012 Ontario Tourism Awards.


By Agatha Podgorski

� and 20 of them are Foodie focused!

On March 5, A�Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) proudly to announce the 2012 Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario, sponsored by VIA Rail Canada.

Culinary Activist Anita Stewart Appointed to Order of Canada!

By Danielle Heft

Elora, Ontario has a lot to be proud of this week when it comes to its culinary activists and efforts.

Elora resident, and culinary activist Anita Stewart was appointed to Order of Canada outstanding achievements in Canadian food and cuisine on December 30, 2011, which was announced by Governor General David Johnston.


Anita Stewart was the one who defined “Canadian Culinary Tourism” and continues to enforce it in important scholarly discipline. She was recognized for herA�significant contribution to Canadian culture, including her promotion of the Canadian food industry and advocacy of locally-produced foods.

She has created over 10 cookbooks – all which started in 1974 by hand writing, photocopying and binding 500 copies of a cookbook made to help raise money for her son’s preschool.A� Her most popular cookbooks include: Anita Stewart’s CANADA and The Flavours of Canada: A Celebration of the Finest Regional Foods.


Anita is also a contributing author to the 2005-2015 Ontario Culinary Tourism Strategy. Congratulations Anita from the entire OCTA team!

The Fergus-Elora News Express posted this article January 3, describing Stewart’s recognition and successes. Read it here!

Where food firms take form: a look into food incubators

By Danielle Heft

A great article posted in the Ottawa Citizen by Hilary Duff!

OTTAWA � Give them space and they will grow.

That�s the premise behind Jennifer Heagle and Jo-Ann Laverty�s newest food-business project.

In the past five years, the women behind the Red Apron gourmet meal service have witnessed their own small business grow and succeed. Last May�s expansion to a new location across the street meant their old kitchen space at 571 Gladstone Ave. was up for grabs.

Committed to the lease for another year, Heagle and Laverty decided to start Ottawa�s first incubator kitchen.

An incubator kitchen is a place where small food businesses can ?hatch? and grow, less burdened by the huge financial costs associated with equipping a commercially-approved kitchen.

Announcing the 2011 Culinary Tourism Award Winners!

By Agatha Podgorski

TORONTO, Ont. //– The Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance (OCTA) is proud to announce the winners of the 2011 Culinary Tourism Awards! The 2011 Culinary Tourism Leadership Award winner is Savour Stratford Perth County. The 2011 Culinary Tourism Experience Award winner is The Apple Pie Trail.








Winners were honoured at the 2011 Ontario Tourism Summit, taking place in Hamilton, Ontario on October 3rd through the 5th.

The Ontario Culinary Tourism Awards celebrate 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.A� Presented by the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance, these awards recognize those who work hard to tell the stories of our growers, producers, chefs, winemakers and brewers.

Also of note were the awards runners up: For Leadership, it was WindsorEats.com; For Experience, it was Oktoberfest at Beaus All Natural Brewing Company in Vankleek Hill.

The OCTA Team Would Like to Send a BIG Congrats to Savour Elgin!

By Danielle Heft

Savour Elgin for its recent international awards of excellence in marketing!

The county’s efforts in promoting what the area has to offer in terms of culinary efforts received two awards for the marketing used in the Savour Elgin project from the International Economic Development Council, and we’re sure it won’t be the last!

To read the full article on the recent awards by Patrick Brennan of the Times-Journal, click here.

Congratulations again from the OCTA team!


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