Past Industry News

Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show Wins Top Achievement Award and Two Top 100 Festivals & Events at FEO

The Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show were presented with three very prestigious awards at the Annual Festival & Events Ontario (FEO) Conference’s Awards Gala Dinner held March 6th, 2015 at the Sheraton Hotel in Niagara Falls, Ontario.


The Norfolk County Fair won a major provincial award for Best Promotional Campaign. The campaign was judged on entries that demonstrated the positive use of traditional marketing material, media opportunities, promotional material and websites for the benefit of the festival or event. The fair also took home two of the Top 100 Festivals & Events award.


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Plan Your Summer with the Official Elgin County Visitor’s Guide

Elgin County Tourism is pleased to announce that the official 2015 Elgin County Visitor’s Guide is now available! The weather may still be cold outside but Elgin County Tourism is dreaming of long sunny days and warm Lake Erie breezes. Before you know it, summer will be here and now is the perfect time to start planning your vacation. With kilometres of sandy beaches, lush Carolinian forest hiking and cycling trails, peaceful campgrounds, vineyards perched on rolling country hills and an abundance of mouth-watering culinary attractions, Elgin County is the place to be this summer!


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Four local cheesemakers earn 9 nominations for Canadian Cheese Grand Prix

cheeseWith four outstanding local cheesemakers garnering numerous nominations for this year’s prestigious Canadian Cheese Grand Prix, yet another page is being written in Oxford County’s long and illustrious cheese history book. Local entrants, among hundreds of competitors from across Canada, are Bright Brand Cheese & Butter, Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese, Local Dairy Products and MountainOak Cheese Ltd. Cheesemakers from Canada’s east to west coasts submitted 268 cheeses in 27 categories for the 9th annual competition, with 81 finalists chosen for the April 22 Gala of Champions in Toronto.


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Festivals & Events Ontario Appoints Kathrin Delutis as Executive Director


Board President Rosemarie O’Brien is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathrin Delutis to the position of Executive Director of Festival and Events Ontario (FEO). Ms. Delutis will start with FEO on March 16, 2015.


“Festival and Events Ontario provides leadership and support to hundreds of festivals, events and suppliers,” explained Ms. O’Brien. “In Kathrin, we have found an accomplished leader who will work alongside the Board and staff to take FEO into the future with vision and confidence. She has extensive experience in the not-for-profit realm, firm roots in events and great competence in strategy development and annual planning.”


“I am truly honoured to lead this organization,” said Ms. Delutis. “FEO has been led by a dedicated group of staff and board members, looking to build its capacity, and I look forward to working together, to build an even stronger association.”


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Elgin County Takes Home Economic Development Award

Elgin County Economic Development is pleased to be the recipient of an Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) Marketing Award of Excellence for its Savour Elgin/Elgin Arts Trail Discovery Guide. The County also received honourable mention for the Elgin County Experiences Guide. The award was presented at the EDCO annual conference in Hamilton on February 12, 2015.


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Tourism Experts Prepare for Prosperous Season Ahead

On February 18th and 19th, the Best Western PLUS Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre in London, Ontario will host 200+ tourism professionals for the fourth annual Ontario’s Southwest Tourism Conference. This is a forum for those in the tourism industry to stay up-to-date with trends, share ideas and network with colleagues.


Tourists already spend over 1.4 billion a year in this region. With economists predicting the loonie could drop even more, this is prime time for tourism growth in Southern Ontario.


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Art exploration returns for the second annual Railway City Arts Crawl

In late February, the streets of St. Thomas will once again be peppered with art lovers and curious onlookers. Back for a second year, the Railway City Arts Crawl is a winter celebration of local arts and culture spanning a variety of public and commercial venues throughout St. Thomas on February 27 and 28. A free event, the Arts Crawl invites people to move leisurely from site to site using a passport as a guide and to interact with talented local artists engaging in the creative process.


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Winter Bites is back!

Winter is here and that means Winter Bites Restaurant Week is back! During Winter Bites Restaurant Week, January 12 to January 18, 2015, diners can visit participating Essex County restaurants and indulge in a 3-course meal starting at only $10. Participants can dine on prix-fixe menus with $10, $15, $25 or $35 options. Each restaurant will offer a unique Winter Bites menu where diners can select from a variety of appetizers, entrees and desserts.

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HMCS Ojibwa wins prestigious Canadian Tourism Award

1HMCS OJIBWA came up a winner last night for the second time this month.  The Elgin Military Museum received the TIAC Brewster Travel Innovator of the Year Award for Ojibwa’s opening season at the Travel Industry Association of Canada awards gala in Ottawa Wednesday night.

“This is an incredible finish to a great year,” said Ian Raven, Executive Director of the Museum.  “We were honoured to be finalists in the company of such amazing competition.  Every one of the four finalists should be on every Canadian’s must see list.”

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New smartphone app helps users ‘Buy Local, Eat Smart, Get Healthy’

Western University researchers and partners released the SmartAPPetite app recently, providing Southwestern Ontarians customized tips about local food, healthy eating, recipes, and information about local farmers and food providers.  As part of an effort to connect the region to healthy, local food options, the smartphone app promotes the motto ‘Buy Local, Eat Smart, Get Healthy,’ and its creators aim to give a boost to the local food economy while helping people improve their diets.

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