s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, I always encourage visitors to take in all the sights and sounds our wonderful province has to offer. Ontario is a big place with a lot to offer and every region has its own unique style and charm.

Good food and drink makes for a great travel experience. Enjoying a meal in a new city or town can ground you and connect you not only to a locale’s unique cuisine, but to the people who grow, produce, and prepare that cuisine. Like a fine glass of wine with a good meal, culinary tourism enriches your overall travel experience, giving a deeper appreciation of local heritage, culture, and traditions.

“Like a fine glass of wine with a good meal, culinary tourism enriches your overall travel experience, giving a deeper appreciation of local heritage, culture, and traditions.”

In 2006, Ontario launched a 10-year Culinary Tourism Strategy, and since that time our province has been recognized as one of the world’s top culinary tourism destinations. That distinction is a credit to the dedication and creativity of Ontario’s tourism operators, local food producers, chefs, and everyone bringing top quality Ontario produce, prepared cuisine, and authentic dining experiences to the traveller’s table. To build on this success, our government created the FeastON program. FeastON highlights and supports member restaurants that source their supplies from Ontario growers and producers. Look for the FeastON logo for a true Ontario culinary experience.

So, if you’re planning to visit Toronto this summer to take in a festival, concert, or ballgame, I invite you to treat yourself to Toronto’s rich multicultural culinary offerings. Visiting Ottawa? Enjoy Ottawa’s fine local cuisine while sightseeing in the historic national capital. Sample the fine wines, produce, and dining that make a trip to the lovely Niagara Region or Prince Edward County even more memorable. Taste fresh fish caught from a pristine northern lake, and locavore delights in every part of the province. From Stratford to Elora, in Norfolk County, Grey Bruce, and Chatham-Kent, at farmers’ markets and in culinary hotspots — discover just-picked goodness, locally produced fare, creative brews, and award-winning wines.

This summer — and every season — share our hospitality and discover all the sights, sounds, and flavours of Ontario. Ontario really is yours to discover.