OCTA Presents Tastes of Ontario at 2011 Agri-Food Summit Reception

-For Immediate Release- Toronto, ON – The Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance proudly recognizes its members who participated in the 7th Annual Premiers Agri-Food Summit on Monday Apr. 4. At an afternoon reception for summit guests, six Ontario culinary destinations featured all-local fare from their regions. In addition, craft brews, VQA wine, artisanal cheese, juices and herbal tea were presented to guests. In attendance were Premier Dalton McGuinty, The Honourable Carol Mitchell, Minister, Ontario Food, Agriculture and Rural Affairs, and various other agri-food industry and government leaders. Guests eagerly sipped and savoured the offerings of Ontario culinary regions and organizations, while learning stories of the province’s many talented growers and producers. Participants were as follows: 100 Mile Market, Kitchener, Ontario Chefs Aaron and Bronwyn Linley, Bijou, Stratford, Ontario Chefs Andrew Mackenzie and Andrew Hunter, Buddha Dog, Prince Edward County, Ontario The Apple Pie Trail, Collingwood, Ontario Chef Eric Boyar, SixThirtyNine, Oxford County, Ontario Fifth Town Artisan Cheese, Prince Edward County, Ontario Chef Jamie Kennedy, JK Kitchens, Gilead Café & Bistro, Toronto, Ontario Karen Hartwick, Tea Leaves Tea Tasting Bar, Stratford, Ontario Ontario Craft Brewers, Ontario, Canada Slow Food Northumberland Chefs, Northumberland, Ontario Wine Country Ontario, Ontario, Canada   For More Information Please Contact:

Rebecca LeHeup Executive Director Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance (613) 471-0102 rebecca@ontarioculinary.com Twitter @OntarioCulinary www.OntarioCulinary.com

About The Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance: Food is the foundation of our culture. Culinary tourism offers the opportunity for people to experience our culture through food and folklore. We are developing relationships between growers and processors, chefs and restaurateurs, bed and breakfasts and distributor, with the goal of establishing new culinary tourism experiences based upon a sustainable food system. OCTA builds capacity for the Ontario culinary tourism supply chain by connecting growers, producers, processors, tourism operators and other participants in the culinary tourism supply chain. OCTA is leading efforts in research, education and product development to build capacity for culinary tourism in Ontario. As an industry driven organization working to advance the province’s Culinary Tourism Strategy, OCTA has the goal of developing Ontario into an international culinary tourism destination. www.ontarioculinary.com
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