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Meet the winners of the 2019 Ontario Culinary Tourism Awards

Last night, the winners of the 2019 Ontario Tourism Awards were announced at a gala event in the Blue Mountains. Amongst these deserving businesses were three champions of food tourism.

So, without further ado, meet the winners of the 2019 Ontario Culinary Tourism Awards!

Leadership Award

Radical Gardens

radicalgardens.com        Timmins, Ontario

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.

Finalists included: Taste of Burlington in Burlington and Taste Detours in Guelph

Experience Award

Tree to Table by Ottercreek Woodworks

ottercreekwoodworks.com     Tillsonburg, Ontario

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!

Finalists included: Killarney Lodge in Algonquin Park and Saints & Sinners Bootleggers Trail in Simcoe County

Event Of The Year

Big Cheese Days by the Oxford County Cheese Trail

tourismoxford.ca         Woodstock, Ontario

Oxford is Canada’s Dairy Capital. Big Cheese Days was 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.­­

Finalists included: Ciderfest by Blue Mountain Village Association and Cheers! Caledon in Caledon

Applications for the Ontario Tourism Awards open every spring. Keep an eye on the the awards page for news and deadlines.

For a full list of Ontario Tourism Award winners, visit TIAOntario.ca