AUNDECK OMNI KANING FIRST NATION, Ont. — Indigenous Tourism Ontario (ITO) is launching FEAST: Growing Indigenous Food Tourism in Ontario. The initiative aims to advance the Indigenous food-tourism sector, increase dialogue and cultural exchange, support Indigenous-owned businesses and contribute to community development.
While FEAST will encourage new food-tourism experiences, it will also contribute to cultural re-vitalization by protecting food traditions and celebrating innovations.
“As Indigenous people of these lands, we’ve been hosts for hundreds of years and initiatives like FEAST will further create space to help Indigenous people tell their story on their terms,” says Kevin Eshkawkogan, president and CEO, ITO.
“Since time immemorial, Indigenous foods and foodways have been enriching the place that we’re so privileged to call home, and they have the potential to become a meaningful part of every visitor experience in Ontario and beyond,” says Trevor Jonas Benson, vice-president of Destination Development, Culinary Tourism Alliance (CTA). “As settler allies operating in the tourism space, we could not be more invested in supporting implementation in partnership with ITO and Indigenous businesses seeking to create positive change through food tourism.”