Get out there and explore the province. The changing seasons, creative farmers and hard-working artisans that make Ontario’s taste of place unique can be seen in fields, at markets and on tables.  These can be experienced equally on dazzling plates crafted by creative chefs or paper plates, piled high with saucy sandwiches served at picnic tables.

Culinary tourism isn’t necessarily about fine wines, crisp linens and silverware; although we have no shortage of those experiences in the province. It’s about experiential travel, using taste as a way to make memories and understand a region. It includes any tourism experience in which a person learns about, appreciates, consumes or, dare we say, indulges in food and drink that reflects the local cuisine, heritage or culture of a place.

"Culinary tourism isn’t necessarily about fine wines, crisp linens and silverware...It’s about experiential travel, using taste as a way to make memories and understand a region."

It all boils down to this: every traveler and local alike has one thing in common, they eat at least three times a day. Folks across Ontario are starting to catch on to this revolutionary concept and every week are dishing out more local edibles and experiences. What’s the best way to take advantage of this feast of local flavours?

Find your inner foodie

Visit some of the continent's biggest food truck rallies in Hamilton or Waterloo.  Take an edible walking tour in Elora or Kingston.  Sip ciders in Caledon or Prince Edward County.  Tuck into local tacos in Kitchener or feast at a festival in Ottawa.  Every region and season in this vast province has its own unique taste and more are cropping up every day.

Local farmers are joining forces with chefs and winemakers. Artisans are hitting the streets with distillers and growers. Together they all are creating new and authentically Ontario experiences.  There are weekend-long festivals dedicated to garlic; entire weeks dedicated to craft beer; and months to sticky, sweet maple. The people of this province are celebrating our food and drink like never before. 

It’s the perfect time to get out and experience all the edible wonders Ontario has to offer.  In the coming months, indulge your inner culinary tourist and plan a stay-cation. Do your holiday shopping at a local distillery.  Brush away the winter blues over mulled wine at a locally-focused restaurant in the city. Come February, enjoy local cider and snowshoeing in Grey County. When the snow finally starts to melt, plan a family outing to a sugar shack. This edible province is just waiting to be discovered.