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New program encourages people to explore food culture in Ontario

You can do your part to help support food-oriented businesses across Ontario
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You can now download one of 80 passports to help you plan a food tour across Ontario -- all while supporting small businesses.

Agatha Podgorski, Director of Communications for the Culinary Tourism Alliance, said you can explore a whole host of different businesses that are open across Ontario.

"There's wineries, there's breweries, there's restaurants focusing on local, but there's also experiences that support food and drink businesses. There's tours, picnic spots, hikes, companies that are offering guided touring spots that are safe while we are in this mess."

She said you can download one of over 80 passports to help plan your trip.

"It's a program that's meant to help you discover all of the great places to drink or eat in the province that are supporting our local agricultural sector and the small- to medium-sized businesses that make eating in this province so special and so unique."

Podgorski said one of the reasons they started the program is to increase collaboration within the food industry.

"The fact is -- we will only be successful in growing our food identity in this province if people start working together and get on the same page. So what we're looking to do is actually connect businesses and other businesses like them and people that can supply them with local foods, and they can be doing that year round."

You can download the passports here.

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