Ontario Restaurants to be Recognized Via Local Food Ambassador Program


TORONTO — The Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance, with support from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, is creating a local food ambassador program to recognize local restaurant industry leaders.

“Since 2006, we’sve been working with over 30 destinations and organizations from across the province to not only help nurture a food identity for Ontario but to support and protect our province’s vast agriculture, aquaculture and viticulture resources through developing authentic culinary tourism experiences,” said Rebecca LeHeup, executive director of the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance.

“With the continued support of the Ontario government, we are going to create a program to celebrate and support those restaurants [that] champion Ontario food — making it more accessible for locals and travellers alike.”

The program will recognize ambassadors — local restaurants and chefs — who are committed to sourcing local food and promoting the farmers they work with though publicity materials, social media and the OCTA website.




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