City council asked to donate $25K towards culinary destination

Published on : Tuesday, October 8, 2013

culinary-destinationCity council has been asked Monday to contribute $25,000 so Tourism Windsor-Essex Pelee Island can start marketing the region as a culinary destination.Rino Bortolin, “This is a no-brainer because this area is ripe to explode,” Bortolin said. “With the wineries, the geographical location and other tourism attractions, it’s a unique spot.


People don’t even realize what we have here.”


After recent splashy announcements promoting a cargo hub at the airport and big sporting events, Mayor Eddie Francis wants city council to embrace the next big push in Windsor’s economic transformation – culinary tourism.


“From the farm to the table, from our agricultural industry to our restaurants … we have a strong, strong, strong local culinary experience, but I feel it’s never been strongly marketed,” said Francis.


The mayor likes the way word is getting out about the area’s burgeoning wine industry and he wants the same to happen with the local food sector so the two can combine and Windsor and Essex County can be marketed as a “destination experience” for traveling foodies.


“One of our strong points is the rich culinary experience in this region,” said Francis, who authored the report going before council on Monday.


Part of the effort, said Francis, would be to compile a catalog of the different culinary experiences available here and then have a one-stop source for that information for potential visitors, as well as for local people. Bortolin said Windsor is a unique destination because it’s a border city.


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