Meet The Taste Makers: Doug Townsend

peachThe 2013 Ontario Culinary Tourism Summit is fast approaching! Entitled ?Delicious Destinations: Putting Local Food On The Map’,this years’ summit has us taking over the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, in partnership with TIAO.

We’ve lined up a roster of culinary tourism super stars to share their wealth of experience and knowledge. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be profiling these taste makers–plus their successes, lessons and best practices. So without further ado, meet our next taste maker!

Doug Townsend

photo-doug1Doug oversees the overall brand strategy for Taste of Nova Scotia.

Taste of Nova Scotia is a province-wide marketing program, whose members are committed to offering the very best culinary experience Nova Scotia has to offer.A� Nova Scotia is quickly becoming a recognized destination for food and beverage experiences.

In this role he is responsible for the development of all advertising and print materials, as well as event and product promotion. He also manages all of Taste of Nova Scotia�s online marketing initiatives including the website, e-mail marketing and the social media strategies.

Doug has a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University in Halifax.A� He spent over 5 years working with Wines of Nova Scotia, ultimately becoming their Director of Marketing.

Doug lives with his food loving wife, RenA�e LavallA�e and their two kids–together, they are the type of East Coasters that make the region shine.A� You can get a taste of their appetites on Doug’s beautiful (and mostly edible!) tumblr.

“Value should be based on a number of factors, not just how cheaply someone can fill up, […] In the end, dining out is about indulging your senses, spending quality time with family and friends and walking away with a smile on your face.” —Doug Townsend, from an interview with Cheap Eats


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