Wednesday, June 28

  • General Attendance

    • $325 plus HST and Eventbrite Fees
  • Student Attendance

    • $100 plus HST and Eventbrite Fees
    • Must be a full-time post-secondary Ontario student. You must present a valid Student ID with your ticket for entrance.
    • Student tickets have been subsidized thanks to our partners at Destination Toronto!
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Explore Waterloo: Taste of Place Experiential Learning Trip

Tuesday, June 27 (Optional)
Sponsored by Explore Waterloo Region

  • $200 plus HST and Eventbrite Fees
  • Please note: this optional Add-On to the Taste of Place Summit is only available to attendees of the Taste of Place Summit on Wednesday, June 28. Purchases made without attendance to the summit will be refunded.

Get out of the city and onto the beautiful backroads of Waterloo Region as you taste your way through rural Ontario. You’ll get an insider look at three of the province’s coolest agritourism stops as you eat, drink and learn a lot across the region.

The first stop is at Mountainoak Cheese – a multi-award-winning cheese factory in New Hamburg that uses its milk to craft almost 20 varieties of Gouda. Owners Adam and Hannie VanBeirjeik will lead you through the cheesemaking and ageing process, which they learned studying in the city of Gouda, Holland. Taste the cheese, see their impressive ageing room and hear their story of immigration to Canada and starting Mountainoak. You might even make a bovine friend or two.

After touring Mountainoak, it’s time for lunch, and there’s no better place in Waterloo Region than Langdon Hall. Under the helm of Chef Jason Bangerter, Langdon Hall was ranked a top 5 restaurant by Canada’s Top 100 and continues to amaze guests. So settle in for a delicious lunch inspired by the seasons and Waterloo Region’s rich agricultural land.

Finally, wind things down with a relaxing cocktail at Willbald Farm & Distillery. From gin mules and craft beer to seltzers and more, chilling out in the rural countryside of Waterloo Region never felt so good. Kick back at a picnic table overlooking sweeping fields and enjoy.

Refund Policy

Refunds are available within 30 days of purchase. Full refunds are available until Tuesday, June 14. Between Wednesday, June 15 and Tuesday, June 20, 50% refunds are available. On or after Wednesday, June 21, refunds are not available, however registrations are transferable until Tuesday, June 27. Also note that, per their terms of service, Eventbrite does not refund purchase processing fees.

Mountainoak Cheese Langdon Hall Willbald Farm & Distillery

Feast On ® Lunch: June 28

All Summit delegates will enjoy a Feast On ® signature lunch with dishes curated by some of Ontario's top chefs.

Ricky + Olivia

Ricky + Olivia

Ricky+Olivia are a chef duo with a focus on sourcing locally. They celebrate Ontario’s diversity through playful and thoughtful dishes. In the summer months you can find them operating the seasonal restaurant at Westcott Vineyards showcasing their commitment to quality local food and drink through “taste of place”. You can also find them across Toronto and the province at their pop-ups and events throughout the year.

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Chef Aicha Smith-Belghaba

Chef Aicha Smith-Belghaba

Chef Aicha is of the Mohawk Wolf clan and Algerian from Six Nations. She is the owner of Esha’s Eats, specializing in contemporary Indigenous Cuisine and building positivity in communities. Her love and passion for food has brought her to a path of storytelling and advocacy for food sovereignty, both of which are deeply rooted in her cultures. Through her consulting work, she offers strategic planning, content development, and programming for Indigenous communities, including public speaking and catering for events.

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Down Home - Sumac + Salt

Down Home - Sumac + Salt

Down Home celebrates local connection by collecting from the earth at home. Hannah and Joel strive to create a dining experience that invites adventurous souls to feel a sense of wonder and belonging through food. In a world that can feel so disconnected, Down Home is rooted in a strong community of collaboration by sourcing foods & handmade tablewares from what is home to them. Foraged wilds and locally found ingredients create authentic plates that tell stories to curious minds. Open year round you can find them in the heart of Grey Highlands at their farmhouse restaurant celebrating the bounty of each distinct season.

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