At the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance, we believe the best way to experience culture is through food.Food serves to connect us with the land, our heritage and the people around us. It is a diverse and dynamic channel for sharing stories, forming relationships and building communities. By combining local food and drink with travel, culinary tourism offers both locals and tourists alike an authentic taste of our bountiful province while contributing to a sustainable world economy.
Along with our member destinations, we are actively contributing to our province’s edible history by creating fruitful relationships in communities across the province –from the farm up – to cultivate a better, more delicious Ontario. Though our roots are firmly planted in Ontario soil, our branches reach beyond borders, minimizing the distance between field and fork across the globe.
By bridging the gap between the food and travel industries, we are strengthening viticulture, agriculture and aquaculture to promote the growth of culinary tourism. Our work lies in developing strong relationships between growers, chefs, processors, restaurateurs, accommodation providers, distributors, government and industry organizations. But above all, we act as the leading voice to share Ontario’s culinary stories with passion and pride.
We believe discovery is a medium for growth, change and unity. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, edible experiences will change the way you think about your food, beyond the plate.We believe in local. We believe in authentic.
We believe commitment and collaboration are the avenues to success in the tourism industry. Together, these fundamental ideas reinforce the economic, environmental and social health of our communities.