November 17, 2017  

Earlier this week the Hon. Bardish Chagger, Canada's Minister of Small Business and Tourism, announced Canada is embarking on a National Culinary Tourism Strategy. Culinary tourism is a large contributor to our economy. International travellers spend $3.56 billion  in food and beverages. Canada's food service industry generates $75 million annually and employs 1.2 million Canadians. Today I'm sharing 5 inspirational culinary resources.

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5  Culinary Tourism Resources

Savour Stratford
The very popular Savour Stratford event transitioned in 2012 to an ongoing program including a culinary guide, restaurants, events and culinary trails. The Savour Stratford website includes a searchable list of restaurants by cost, dining experience and other amenities.
http://www.visitstratford.ca/where-to-dine-find-a-restaurant

Butter Tarts
The North Wellington Butter tarts and Buggies Trail takes visitors on a tour of restaurants, farmers markets and shops revolving around the region's mennonite culture and iconic butter tarts. 
http://www.buttertartsandbuggies.com/

Wine Trail Ride in Essex County by WindsorEats - This guided cycling tour includes tastings at three wineries and culminates with a meal featuring a local chef preparing local foods. WindsorEats owner Adriano Ciotoli was named as a finalist Tourism Champion of the Year for the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario in September 2017. http://www.winetrailride.com/

Food Tours - Here's a sampling of food tours offered in three Canadian cities. Food tours create employment for tour guide, they're a popular activity for tourists and they promote local restaurants and provide a wonderful introduction to a community.  
Local Montréal Food Tours http://localmontrealtours.com/
Toronto  https://www.tofoodtours.com/
Guelph Food Tours http://www.tastedetours.ca/the-tours

Great Canadian Cheese Festival - This culinary tourism event includes 130 exhibitors, cheese tasting, paring seminars, cooking seminars, and competitions. These type of events support local food businesses, supporting tourism accommodation, wineries and food shops, restaurants and create awareness of the region. This particular event is timed in early June to kick off the summer season and compliments the regional Cheddar and Ale Trail. https://cheesefestival.ca/