On Thursday, March 26, 2015, Halton Region will host the second annual Halton Region Food Tourism Summit – Steps to Sustainability at Country Heritage Park in Milton. This event brings together local chefs, restaurateurs, farmers and tourism professionals and provides them with an opportunity to network and learn about important and emerging issues in the fields of agriculture, food and tourism.
Halton is committed to making the Region a destination of choice for new investment, small businesses and tourism. We are also committed to supporting and preserving our vibrant agricultural community. Agriculture and tourism are both big contributors to Halton’s local economy which is why the Region has developed an Agritourism Action Plan. The Action Plan was undertaken with the dual purpose of supporting Halton’s agricultural sector and attracting more visitors to the region through agriculture and food tourism development.
Events like the Food Tourism Summit continue to help develop key relationships between the farming and culinary communities so that we can put more locally-sourced foods on restaurant tables. This event will also provide participants with an opportunity to learn from industry professionals about innovative sustainable practices and industry initiatives that have helped their businesses thrive.
This year’s event includes a great lineup of topics and speakers including:
- From farm gate to chefs’ plate – A business to business model for rural Ontario
- Linda Reader, Community Economic Development & Marketing Consultant, Grey County Chef’s Forum
- Cindy Phillips, Rob Roy Market Garden, Feversham, ON
- The Mustard Seed Co-op – Cultivating a stronger local and sustainable food system
- Damian Wills , Local Food Manager, The Mustard Seed Co-op
- Speakers’ Panel – How your business can benefit from high profile local events in 2015
- Michael Merrall, Founder, PwC EpicTour Halton – Canada’s largest GranFondo-style cycling event & festival
- Maria Fortunato, Executive Director – Hamilton Halton Brant Regional Tourism Association
- Jim Mylet, Senior Manager of Procurement, Toronto 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games
This event is free of charge. For registration and event details, please visit halton.ca/foodtourism or dial 311.
Not only is putting more locally sourced foods on restaurant tables a key ingredient to 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 that help make Halton such a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.
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