Great Taste of Ontario returns with ‘passports’ for food & drink in Oshawa, Whitby and Durham

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Published June 14, 2023 at 12:50 pm

The Deck Bar and Grill, Bowmanville

The Great Taste of Ontario is back.

The field guide to the best of food & drink in the province – a collection of digital passports and stories to help you fall in love with Ontario’s culinary delights – returns with free ‘passports’ available to help guide your planning and inspire your choices before hitting the road to visit the growers and makers of each region.

There are passports available for more than a dozen destinations around Ontario, including Brampton, the Black Foodie Guide, Indigenous Tourism, Niagara Benchlands, three different Toronto regions and two for Durham, showcasing Whitby as well as Oshawa/Durham.

Each time you check-in along the way, you’ll also be a step closer to receiving a $25 Feast On voucher.

Bistro 67, Whitby

The Great Taste of Ontario invites foodies to discover Durham Region, a place with rolling hills, farms and small towns and a mix of rural charm and urban sophistication. Durham also boasts some of the richest soil in Ontario, a lake-moderated environment for growing and strong partnerships with all partners in the supply chain, including the province’s top apple producer, the largest commercial blueberry grower east of Toronto and award-winning wineries and breweries.

The region offers incredible cuisine, culinary businesses and local produce and some of the most delicious dining destinations in the province. As well, everything from strawberries and apples to pumpkins, wine and Christmas trees are locally grown and sold at farm gates and markets across the region.

Urban Pantry, Uxbridge

Some of the stops on the Great Taste of Ontario Tour in the region include The Port Restaurant in Pickering, foraging for fiddleheads in Uxbridge, the Pingle’s Farm Market in Clarington, Urban Pantry in Uxbridge, Butchie’s in Whitby, the Deck Bar & Grill in Bowmanville and for spicy foods, Spicy Affair, Street MoMos and Kenzo Ramen in Oshawa.

For an extra special seasonal experience in the fall check out Nature’s Bounty Farm near Port Perry and if apples are your thing Algoma Orchards is a year-round experience while Slab Town Cider puts those apples to very good use on their farm south of Uxbridge.

Kenzo Ramen, Oshawa

The Great Taste of Ontario is put on each year by the Culinary Tourism Alliance, an organization established in 2006 to ensure food tourism is a “meaningful and sustainable” contributor to local economies in destinations worldwide.

The Culinary Tourism Alliance works with communities to grow food tourism by leveraging the history, heritage, and culture behind the food and drink that makes each destination unique.

To download a passport, visit https://ontarioculinary.com/great-taste/download-passport/

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