Nominations for the 2017 Ontario Culinary Tourism Awards are officially open, but not for long. Applications close June 30th.
These annual awards are about rewarding the businesses who work hard to spread Ontario�s food story and make experience people our local flavours. It�s a celebration of the industry’s successes and of those dedicated to advancing the culinary tourism movement in Ontario. They are jointly presented by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario, the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation and the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance.
Just like last year, the awards are divided into three categories.
- The Ontario Culinary Tourism award of excellence in Leadership
- The Ontario Culinary Tourism award of excellence in Experience
- The Ontario Culinary Tourism award of excellence in Event of the Year
Let�s look back at our last year�s winners who put Ontario food culture on the map!
In last year�s leadership category, the award was received by the Oxford County for their revived Cheese Trail.
They reinvented the well-know Cheese Trail that lets people discover all of the artisanal cheeses Oxford Country has to offer. They set a perfect example of how to cultivate a taste of place and create a community around local food.
The award for best experience went to the Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island & EPIC Wineries with The EPIC Passport.
With this fruitful partnership, they offer an immersive wine experience you won�t ever forget. The wine passport�s discounts, event listings and information where to eat encourages people to visit multiple local wineries and discover the whole wine region.
Beau�s All Natural Brewing�s Oktoberfest received the award for best event.
Beau�s Oktoberfest is wunderbar from top to bottom. They manage to attract 20 000 people to a tiny village in Eastern Ontario to enjoy local award-winning beer. On top of that, restaurants serve local food inspired by the Bavarian theme.
Now take your chance and nominate yourself or your hard-working colleague for the awards! Again, Deadline for nominations is midnight June 30, 2017.