June 27, 2023

Dress Code: Casual

Waterloo Region Taste of Place Experience (optional).
$200 + taxes and fees, includes food, drink, and transportation.


Departure from 300 Adelaide Street East, Toronto


Agritourism experience at Mountainoak cheese


Garden lunch at Langdon Hall Hotel & Spa


Tour and tasting at Willibald Farm & Distillery


Arrive at 300 Adelaide Street East, Toronto

June 28, 2023

Dress Code: Business Casual

7:30 AM Registration and light breakfast bites
8:30 AM Indigenous Welcome Chief Stacey Laforme - Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation
8:40 AM Master of Ceremonies Welcome and National Introduction The Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Member of Parliament, House of Commons of Canada
Liza Frulla, Chair of the Board of Directors, Destination Canada
Ion Vilcu, Director for Affiliate Members, UNWTO
Rebecca Mackenzie, President and CEO, Culinary Tourism Alliance
Dr. Eileen De Courcy, Vice-President, Academic, George Brown College
Tony Garcia, Director, Continuing Education, Strategic Partnerships, Marketing, George Brown College
8:50 AM Great Taste of Canada Launch Rebecca Mackenzie, President and CEO, Culinary Tourism Alliance
Beth Potter, President and CEO, Tourism Industry Association of Canada
9:00 AM Opening Keynote Lori McCarthy, Author of Food Culture Place
9:30 AM Panel:
Growing Culinary Tourism in North Star Cities
Monica Orr, Team Leader, Travel Trade and Media Relations, Tourisme Montréal.
Scott Beck, President and CEO, Destination Toronto
Royce Chwin, President and CEO, Destination Vancouver
Gloria Loree, Senior VP & Chief Marketing Officer, Destination Canada
10:30 AM Networking Break
Sponsored by Fortinos
11:00 AM UNWTO Affiliate Members - Global Best Practices Speakers:
Gümüş Burcu Gezeroğlu and Melike Ezgi Memiş, Türkiye Tourism Promotion and Development Agency | GoTürkiye
11:25 AM Case Study:
UNESCO City of Gastronomy
Jonathan Mabry, Ph.D., Executive Director, UNESCO Tucson City of Gastronomy
11:50 AM UNWTO Affiliate Members - Global Best Practices Speakers:
Maylene Broderick, Chief Director Enterprise Development and Transformation | Department of Tourism, South Africa
Dr. Laeticia Jacobs, Deputy Director: Tourism | Department of Tourism, South Africa
12:10 PM UNWTO Affiliate Members - Global Best Practices Speaker:
Nicole Groot Zevert, Project Manager, Culinary Flanders at Toerisme Vlaanderen | VisitFlanders
12:40 PM Lunch - A Feast On® Signature Event Dishes curated by:
Chef Joel Gray and Chef Hannah Harradine | Down Home - Sumac + Salt
Chef Ricky and Chef Olivia Simpson | Ricky + Olivia
Chef Aicha Smith | Esha's Eats
Chef Ravinder Singh | Bindia Indian Bistro
2:00 PM Indigenous Culinary Tourism:
A Provincial Approach
Kevin Eshkawkogan, CEO of Indigenous Tourism Ontario
Paul Owl, Founder, Tree Teas Brewing
2:30 PM Trail to Success - Agritourism Best Practices Speakers:
Suzanne Kelly and Tannis Baker of the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies
2:55 PM The Power of Collaboration & Community in creating Taste of Place Speaker:
Chef Mandel Hitzer, Founder, RAW: Almond
3:20 PM Networking Break
3:50 PM National Indigenous Culinary Tourism Experiences Speakers:
Chef Paul Natrall, Founder & Executive Chef, Mr Bannock
Chef Jenna White, Owner, Jenna's Nut-Free Dessertery Inc.
Chef Tammy Maki, CEO & Owner, Raven Rising-Global Indigenous Chocolates
Chef Jenni Lessard, Interim Executive Director, Indigenous Culinary of Associated Nations (ICAN)
4:50 PM The Chef's Role in Leading Sustainbility in Culinary Tourism Speaker:
Chef Jason Bangerter, Bangerter, Executive Chef, Relais & Chàteaux Langdon Hall in conversation with Katie Bridges, Editor, Foodism Magazine
5:20 PM Closing Remarks
5:30 PM Taste of Place Reception