Helping agri-tourism grow in Halton

Recently Halton Region hosted its first Food Tourism Summit where Halton chefs, restaurateurs and farmers networked, while learning strategies to help them benefit from the rapidly growing local food movement.

I was happy to meet so many of our farmers and chefs and to see their excitement about building relationships with each other and the Region. While Halton’s committed to supporting our vibrant communities, including Halton’s growing agri-tourism sector, we can’t do it alone and partnerships like the ones fostered at this event are critical to our combined success.

Working together, we can make Halton Region a destination of choice for new investment, small businesses and tourism, while also supporting and preserving our vibrant agricultural community. To help accomplish this, Halton is currently implementing the Agri-tourism Action Plan that Regional Council approved last fall. It has the dual purpose of supporting our agricultural sector and attracting more visitors to Halton through agricultural and food tourism development.

A key component of the Agri-tourism Action Plan is culinary tourism which has a significant potential to motivate and attract visitors. By combining local food and drink with travel, culinary tourism offers both locals and tourists alike an authentic taste of our Region.

Not only is putting more locally sourced foods on restaurant tables a key ingredient to providing a positive experience for visitors and growing the culinary tourism industry in Halton, it also contributes to a sustainable local economy. I look forward to continuing our work together to help farmers and small businesses create the best on-farm and off-farm experiences for residents and visitors. For more details on what to see and do in Halton, and how you can support our local businesses, visit Halton.ca/tourism.

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