The Culinary Tourism Alliance (CTA) is a not-for-profit, industry led and industry leading association that, for the last decade, has been developing world-class food tourism strategies and implementation plans, experiential food tourism product development, industry education and training, as well as strategic partnership development.
We’re global experts in developing a destination’s ‘taste of place’ into a comprehensive tourism experience experience that fosters local economic development and positions the destination as a food tourism destination. We have extensive experience working closely with departments of both tourism and agriculture in the development of food tourism programs.
Our mission is to help build regional and community identities by supporting agriculture, viticulture and aquaculture resources across the food tourism value chain, which we accomplish by fostering stakeholder engagement and relationship building that results in new and / or enriched food tourism experiences.
In addition to completing the ten-year Ontario Culinary Tourism Strategy in 2015, we were instrumental in the development of the critically acclaimed Blue Mountains Apple Pie Trail, Windsor Essex’s Barrels Bottles & Brews Trail, the Oxford County Cheese Trail, and our own Feast On™ designation program.
We are an Affiliate Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization, a member of their Gastronomic Tourism Network, and participated in the 2nd Forum on Gastronomic Tourism. In 2015, we partnered with Skift to develop the report: Rise of Food Tourism, and our Feast On™ program was profiled in their 2016 report: Food Tourism Strategies to Drive Destination Spending.
Our Feast On™ designation program was developed to promote a region’s authentic taste of place, enable communities to share and tell their stories with pride, and nurture industry and consumer confidence in local food and drink.
It is our goal to #GrowFoodTourism globally by working with locals to create sustainable, authentic, and meaningful tourism experiences through food and drink.