Culinary Tourism in Ontario tells the magnificent story of our food, our land and our varied people. This year's 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 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.
Awards applications are open from Monday, March 2nd 2020 until Monday June 1st, 2020 at 4pm EST.
MEET THE 2019 WINNERS
Timmins, Ontario radicalgardens.com
This award recognizes Ontario organizations who have or are working on developing a destination through investment in food, drink and/or agri-tourism.
Radical Gardens is a farmstead, turned restaurant, bakery, food truck, event company, digital marketplace and community hub in Timmins. Described as having “redefined foodservice, agriculture and access in Northern Ontario” they are a small business tackling big issues by innovating everything from farming practices to supply chain management.
Tillsonburg, Ontario ottercreekwoodworks.com
This award recognizes an Ontario-based business who offers an exceptional food and drink experience for locals and travellers alike.
The Tree-to-Table Experience by Ottercreek Woodworks is truly one of a kind. Guests enjoy a guided walk inside the Carolinian Forest with woodworker Dave Schonberger before heading into his workshop to create their own live-edge charcuterie board. After, they enjoy local charcuterie and cheeses while socializing around a massive pine table and reflecting on all they’ve learned. There is nothing else like it!
Big Cheese Days by the Oxford County Cheese Trail
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.
Oxford is Canada’s Dairy Capital. Big Cheese Days was to created to celebrate Ontario’s cheese and dairy in a mammoth way. Visitors enjoy special experiences to celebrate cheese and dairy along the trail. The event is so popular, it’s been repeated for 3 years on Saturdays in May.