On Wednesday, November 20th, The Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association celebrated excellence in tourism and hospitality at their annual tourism awards.
The evening honoured the folks that exemplify business and customer service excellence in the Hills of Headwaters region, and help profile the area as one of Ontario’s premier tourism destinations.
The evening was hosted at the Dufferin County Museum & Archives, with Master of Ceremonies Wayne Townsend, leading guests through fabulous taste sensations from some of our region’s finest establishments: Barley Vine Rail Co., The Globe Restaurant, Hockley Valley Beer and What’s Cookin’. A�
Following cocktails and some wonderful culinary creations, guests headed across the property, to the Corbetton Church, and enjoyed a charming & intimate evening, honouring the “best-of-the-best” in the industry!
Recognizing the importance of arts and culture in the Hills of Headwaters region, and reinforcing a commitment to supporting business in the Headwaters region, award recipients received a beautiful print from artist Julia Gilmore, the Hills of Headwaters 2012 Artisan of the Year, in honour of their achievements.
The judges from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture were highly impressed with the calibre of nominees and finalists. A�So, without further ado, the winners of the 2013 Taste of Tourism Awards are:
Best Arts, Culture or Heritage Experience
- Cuisine-Art (Alton Mill)
Artisan of the Year
- Silver Creek Arts
Best Agri-Tourism Experience
- Dufferin Farm Tour
Tourism Event or Festival of the Year
- Snowfest Caledon
Best Culinary Tourism Experience
- Mono Cliffs Inn
Best Overnight Getaway Experience
- Cadogan Farm Adventures Bed & Breakfast
Best Customer Service Experience – Business
- Rosemont General Store
Best Customer Service Experience – Individual
- Heather Burke (Off Broadway Boutique)
Best New Tourism Business
- Sproule’s Emporium
- Angelstone Tournaments
- Wayne Townsend
Chairperson’s Award of Merit
- Annette Turturici (Inglewood Antique Market)
Congratulations to all nominees and finalists!
Nominations are now open for next year’s Taste of Tourism awards, and submissions can be made until October 2014. Take this opportunity to recognize the “best of the best” in the Headwaters tourism industry by nominating your favourite business or operator. Nominations can be made online atA�www.thehillsofheadwaters.com.