Honouring Tourism Excellence at the
2013 TASTE OF TOURISM AWARDS

On Wednesday, November 20th, The Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association celebrated excellence in tourism and hospitality at their annual tourism awards ceremony.

The evening honoured those businesses and individuals that exemplify business and customer service excellence, and who help profile the Hills of Headwaters region as one of Ontario’s premier tourism destinations.

The evening was hosted at the Dufferin County Museum & Archives, with Master of Ceremonies Wayne Townsend, leading guests through a casual and engaging evening of networking and socializing, which began with fabulous taste sensations from some of our region’s finest establishments:  Barley Vine Rail, The Globe Restaurant, Hockley Valley Beer and What’s Cookin’.

Following cocktails and some wonderful culinary creations, guests headed across the property, to the Corbetton Church, and enjoyed a charming & intimate evening, honouring the “best-of-the-best” in the industry, with laughter, camaraderie and celebration!

Recognizing the importance of arts and culture in the Hills of Headwaters region, and reinforcing a commitment to supporting business in the Headwaters region, award recipients received a beautiful print from artist Julia Gilmore, the Hills of Headwaters 2012 Artisan of the Year, in honour of their achievements.

The judges from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture were highly impressed with the calibre of nominees and finalists, and ultimately chose the following winners in each category:

Best Arts, Culture or Heritage Experience

  • Cuisine-Art (Alton Mill)

Artisan of the Year

  • Silver Creek Arts

Best Agri-Tourism Experience

  • Dufferin Farm Tour

Tourism Event or Festival of the Year

  • Snowfest Caledon

Best Culinary Tourism Experience

  • Mono Cliffs Inn

Best Overnight Getaway Experience

  • Cadogan Farm Adventures Bed & Breakfast

Best Customer Service Experience – Business

  • Rosemont General Store

Best Customer Service Experience – Individual

  • Heather Burke (Off Broadway Boutique)

Best New Tourism Business

  • Sproule’s Emporium

Tourism Innovator

  • Angelstone Tournaments

Tourism Ambassador

  • Wayne Townsend

Chairperson’s Award of Merit

  • Annette Turturici (Inglewood Antique Market)

 

Congratulations to all nominees and finalists, and particularly to our 2013 award winners, who exemplify the best in tourism and hospitality in the Hills of Headwaters.

Nominations are now open for next year’s Taste of Tourism awards, and submissions can be made until October 2014. Take this opportunity to recognize the “best of the best” in the Headwaters tourism industry by nominating your favourite business or operator.  Nominations can be made online at www.thehillsofheadwaters.com.

2013 Taste of Tourism Award Winners (Left to right):

Meg Floyd – Cuisine-Art (Best Arts, Culture & Heritage Experience)
Wayne Biegel – Mono Cliffs Inn (Best Culinary Tourism Experience)
Carol Hall – Mono Cliffs Inn (Best Culinary Tourism Experience)
Theresa Sauren – Mono Cliffs Inn (Best Culinary Tourism Experience)
Wayne Townsend – Dufferin County Museum (Tourism Ambassador of the Year)
Gina O’Sullivan – Cadogan Farm Adventures B&B (Best Overnight Getaway Experience)
Jill Sproule –  Sproule’s Emporium (Best New Tourism Business)
Barb Shaughnessy – Snowfest Caledon (Tourism Festival/Event of the Year)
Lianne Selke – Angelstone Tournaments (Tourism Innovator)
Regan Clermont – Angelstone Tournaments (Tourism Innovator)
Annette Turturici – Inglewood Antique Market (Chairperson’s Award of Merit)
Gail Little – Dufferin Farm Tour (Best Agri-Tourism Experience)
Heather Burke – Off Broadway Boutique (Best Customer Service – Individual)
Diane Holmes – Dufferin Farm Tour (Best Agri-Tourism Experience)
Martina Whittick & Hannah Moore – Rosemont General Store (Best Customer Service – Business)
Susan Powell – Silver Creek Arts (Artisan of the Year)

Nominations

Nominations are now open for the 2014 Taste of Tourism awards, and submissions can be made until October 2014. Take this opportunity to recognize the “best of the best” in the Headwaters tourism industry by nominating your favourite business or operator. Nominations can be made online.