The Ontario Culinary Alliance sums it up well on their website when referring to Culinary Tourism:
“It (culinary tourism) 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 is not limited to gourmet food. It is about what is unique, authentic and memorable about the delicious stories our regions have to tell. This includes our farmers, our cheesemongers, fishermen, brewers, winemakers and everyone in between.
It’s the ooey-gooey butter tart from that small town bakery you visited as a child. It’s that interesting bar on that nameless street that only locals know about that your stumbled upon last year. It’s winemakers coming together with farmers for delicious harvest dinners under the stars; or pickling smackdowns over cocktails at boutique hotels.
In all it’s forms, culinary is the bread and butter of our province’s offering. It’s what gives our stories soul and causes our bellies to smile.”