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Culinary Tourism Alliance

550 Bayview Avenue, Suite 402

Toronto, ON   M4W 3XE


Copyright Culinary Tourism Alliance 2019

Food tourism and food tourism development are community experiences.


Agritourism | Cultural Tourism | Ecotourism | Food Tourism | Rural Tourism | Sustainable Tourism


Capacity Building

We naturally bring our passion and entrepreneurial spirit to each and every project and we pride ourselves on taking a capacity building approach to food tourism development. This means that we develop methodologies to build capacity within food tourism communities and work tirelessly to provide the knowledge, skills, tools, and resources for them to successfully grow food tourism as a collective. It also means that we work very closely with out clients over the course of each project, and make added value supports available to them to ensure that they are confident in playing a leadership role.

Community-based Participatory Research

The food tourism value chain includes accommodations, attractions, beverage producers, culinary schools, farmers’ markets, festivals and events, growers, producers and suppliers, restaurants, retailers, and tour operators. Along with various levels of government, public sector institutions, industry associations, and not-for-profit organizations, these businesses form a destination’s food tourism community. We believe in the power of synergy, and we know that partnership approaches allow for key stakeholders to participate in and contribute to the food tourism development process. This is why we practice community-based participatory research.

Agile Project Management

We scope out projects in consultation with each client, and develop work plans that leverage the combined skills, experience, and capacity that is available. We also work horizontally and collaboratively to maximize the experience and expertise of each team member. Most importantly, we allow for projects to evolve in a way that is highly respectful of the needs and interests of each client. This flexible approach allows for activities to proceed in a manner that is responsive to external factors. It also allows for continuous input and feedback to be gathered, incorporate, and used to inform decisions.






Our Clients

Interested in working with us? Our clients come in all shapes and sizes!

  • Government (municipal, provincial, national levels in departments including: economic development, tourism, agriculture etc.)

  • Regional Tourism Organizations + Destination Marketing Organizations

  • Industry Associations

  • Educational + Research Institutions 


Banff and Lake Louise:

Taste of Place and the Indelible Awe Experience  

GFT worked with Banff & Lake Louise Tourism to position food and drink as a demand generator in Banff National Park. Although working to develop food tourism in a national park, an area where food is not grown, raised or harvested, posed a challenge our project team overcame this by working closely with restaurant owners and tourism partners. 


Becoming a Global Food Tourism Destination

GFT worked with Scotland Food & Drink and the Scottish Tourism Alliance to develop Scotland’s first National Framework to grow food tourism. The resulting 

action plan capitalizes on Scotland's tourism assets and infrastructure, providing the nation with an opportunity to highlight their quality products, and to establish Scotland’s identity as a place of outstanding food and drink experiences.

Temiskaming Shores:

1 Lake, 2 Provinces,

3 Cultures

With the City of Temiskaming Shores, GFT conducted 

research and scoping for the a new food tourism product. Timiskaming is well positioned to invest in the process because of its engaged food tourism community. By investing in this new product, the history and heritage of food and agriculture in the area will be celebrated and positive economic growth can be realized. 

Peterborough & the Kawarthas:


Agritourism Potential


GFT is undertaking research with Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism to determine if agritourism is a viable tool for sustainable economic growth. The 

project includes a literature review and a concept map. Various community engagement methods will inform recommendations around agritourism development. The project will wrap up with a community forum.

If it’s interesting… we’re interested! Tell us about your next project idea.