Niagara Culinary Trail gives 'Taste of Niagara' for Economic Developers Council of Ontario

Queenston, January 26, 2009 - Niagara Culinary Trail members are working together to showcase our region’s local food and cuisine at the “Taste of Ontario” reception for the Economic Development Council of Ontario on February 4th, 2009 between 5pm and 7pm at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Center.

Over 250 economic development practitioners from across Ontario, along with senior level provincial and federal officials will have an opportunity to experience our province’s unique culinary offerings at this premier networking event for economic developers. As part of the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance, the Niagara Culinary Trail joins Savour Muskoka, Norfolk County and the Wine Council of Ontario in representing Ontario’s amazing local products, producers and unique culinary experiences. These collaborations are important in establishing Ontario as an international culinary tourism destination while creating awareness that culinary tourism is an increasingly important economic driver for our province. 

The Epicurean Café and Grill has worked together with two other NCTrail members, Greaves Jams and Lake Land Meats and will present the special flavours of Niagara within 3 different authentic “Niagara Dishes” that will be sampled by the EDCO delegates during the evening reception. Chef Dylan Mclay said “Working together with local producers and putting together a dish like Red Wine Cured Lake Land Venison Hind with Niagara Rutabaga Butter and Greaves Damson Plum Jam was exciting!”, adding “we have so many wonderful products right here in Niagara’s part of the Greenbelt”. 
 
The Niagara Culinary Trail is Niagara’s leading organization working to increase awareness about our region’s local foods and offers opportunities for residents and visitors to experience local food as it promotes vibrant rural communities and protects natural areas. The map and website are the best tools for finding local food, local food products, farm to table culinary events and local restaurants featuring dishes prepared with local foods. While choosing to buy local food is delicious, it also helps our economy, our environment, our farmers and Ontario’s Greenbelt.  
 
The Niagara Culinary Trail members are united in their efforts to celebrate and share in Niagara’s agricultural and culinary heritage as these activities support a healthy environment.  Visit www.niagaraculinarytrail.com for more information on local food and how to participate in unique culinary experiences right here in our Greenbelt, a place where possibilities grow.  
 
Wrapping around the Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt is 1.8 million acres of potential to make Ontario, and the earth, a better place. Encompassing the Niagara Escarpment, the Oak Ridges Moraine, Rouge Park, hundreds of rural towns and villages and some 7,000 farms, Ontario's Greenbelt is the largest and most diverse in the world.

The Niagara Culinary Trail is a mandate initiative of the Niagara Environmental Food Alliance; a not-for-profitorganization sponsored by Niagara Peninsula Community Resource Centre with funding by a grant from the Friendsof the Greenbelt Foundation.

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For a PDF of this press release please click here.

Contact: Magdalena Kaiser-Smit - Director of Marketing and Communications 905.262.1895  
Magdalena - at - niagaraculinarytrail.com

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