Have you ever taken a sip of an Aperol spritz and been whisked back to that trattoria from your summer vacation in Italy? Or a bite of fresh seafood that reminded you of your coastal holiday? Food and drink is inextricably intertwined with travel — we experience the world through tastes and flavours, just as much as sights and sounds.

Taking place on June 28 at George Brown College, the Taste of Place Summit is the must-attend event of the summer for industry professionals in food and travel. The global summit is bringing the food and drink of destinations to life. It's where destination and economic developers, managers, thought leaders and marketers meet to build their tastes of place, unlocking the positive power of growing culinary tourism. Thoughtful discussions with a side of delicious dishes? Sign us up!

Presented by the Culinary Tourism Alliance in partnership with George Brown College and with Escapism and Foodism as the official media partner, the event for industry professionals features a lineup of Canada’s most engaging chefs and leaders, gathered together to create meaningful and sustainable taste of place experiences.

In addition to the delicious culinary creations, the Summit will host a number of exciting panel discussions and presentations from culinary and agritourism experts like chef Jason Bangerter of Langdon Hall, in conversation with our very own editor Katie Bridges; Lori McCarthy, the founder and operator of Food Culture Place, a Cultural Food Residency program crafted to invite people to experience Newfoundland’s way of life; and chef Tammy Maki, the CEO of the award-winning Raven Rising-Global Indigenous Chocolates.

The Chef's House at George Brown College, where the Culinary Tourism Alliance's Taste of Place Summit is taking place

Attendees of the Taste of Place Summit on June 28 can also opt in to enjoy the Waterloo Region Taste of Place Experience the day before on June 27. The culinary adventure (available only to attendees of the Summit) explores the backroads of rural Ontario, giving you a chance to enjoy a Feast On® lunch in the company of some of the province's top culinary connoisseurs.

Taste and learn from the makers themselves — try gouda with cheesemakers Adam and Hannie VanBeirjeik at Mountainoak Cheese; sample seasonally inspired fare at Langdon Hall Hotel & Spa, one of the country’s top restaurants; and cap it all off with gin mules and craft beer at Willibald Farm & Distillery.

A bartender at the Culinary Tourism Alliance's Taste of Place Summit

You know what they say about the early bird — register for the Taste of Place Summit before April 30 and you'll be automatically entered to win a $2,000 Air Canada voucher, giving you the chance to fly and try your own taste of place experience straight from the source.

The Taste of Place Summit promises a culinary experience for industry professionals unlike any other — one that’ll leave a lasting memory long after your plate is clean.

The Taste of Place Summit is on June 27-28, at George Brown College.

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