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Winter Bites is back!

January 5th, 2015 | Posted by JT in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)


Winter is here and that means Winter Bites Restaurant Week is back! During Winter Bites Restaurant Week, January 12 to January 18, 2015, diners can visit participating Essex County restaurants and indulge in a 3-course meal starting at only $10. Participants can dine on prix-fixe menus with $10, $15, $25 or $35 options. Each restaurant will offer a unique Winter Bites menu where diners can select from a variety of appetizers, entrees and desserts.


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Ojibwa_TIAC_2HMCS OJIBWA came up a winner last night for the second time this month.  The Elgin Military Museum received the TIAC Brewster Travel Innovator of the Year Award for Ojibwa’s opening season at the Travel Industry Association of Canada awards gala in Ottawa Wednesday night.


“This is an incredible finish to a great year,” said Ian Raven, Executive Director of the Museum.  “We were honoured to be finalists in the company of such amazing competition.  Every one of the four finalists should be on every Canadian’s must see list.”


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Western University researchers and partners released the SmartAPPetite app recently, providing Southwestern Ontarians customized tips about local food, healthy eating, recipes, and information about local farmers and food providers.  As part of an effort to connect the region to healthy, local food options, the smartphone app promotes the motto ‘Buy Local, Eat Smart, Get Healthy,’ and its creators aim to give a boost to the local food economy while helping people improve their diets.


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SWOTC would like to help you grow your business by utilizing on-line customer service training at no cost to you. To determine your interest in this type of computer based learning for your staff, we would appreciate it if you would take four minutes to complete this survey.


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The 2013 International Children’s Games (ICG) has been selected as the Tourism Event of the Year! The award was presented last night (November 13) at the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario’s “2014 Tourism Industry Awards of Excellence” event in Collingwood.  The ICG was singled out for its focus on increasing visitor satisfaction, economic spend, and long-term impact on the region.


ICG 2013 was a catalyst that drew the Windsor Essex community together to offer over 5,000 visitors an unforgettable experience and an introduction to all the region has to offer.


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The excitement was palpable last night in Collingwood as the Elgin Military Museum waited to hear the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario announce this year’s tourism award winners.


After years of hard work, Executive Director Ian Raven was proud to accept the Tourism Innovator of the Year Award for small business, recognizing the 2013 first season of Cold War submarine HMCS Ojibwa. The award recognizes an individual or business that has created a new, innovative product that will promote and enhance tourism in their local community, region or the province of Ontario.


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The WindsorEats walking tour, Drinks of Walkerville, has been selected as an Ontario Signature Experience. The Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC) has launched Ontario Signature Experiences (OSE) to promote and market must-see travel experiences that will appeal to global target markets. The OSE program is designed to showcase the best and most unique tourism experiences in the province that will motivate more people to visit Ontario.


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Amazing Grazing is a first time event, which is a food show with a twist! The London Chamber of Commerce and The Western Fair District have joined together to host this event which will showcase the strengths of working with agriculture and agribusiness, by connecting to the consumer and highlighting the job opportunities within the agricultural sector. The event will be held at the Western Fair District on Nov. 21st.


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Ontario’s Legislative Assembly has selected 2013 Strip Room for Burning Kiln Winery as their official VQA red wine for 2015. “We are honoured to have our Strip Room 2013 chosen as the official red wine of the Ontario Legislature. As we move closer to becoming our own designated viticulture area, this award helps shine the spotlight on Ontario’s South Coast Wine and Growers Association and our Norfolk County home,” said Karen Matthews, Director of Winery Operations at Burning Kiln Winery.


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Elgin County has initiated the development of an exciting Regional Community Improvement Plan that will help promote the unique economic development advantages of the County. A Community Improvement Plan (CIP) is a planning and economic development instrument that sets out tools and strategies for improving the built, economic, and social environment of a municipality and region. Importantly, through the development of a CIP, the County will be able to offer financial incentives to local business and landowners to assist with improvements to private property.


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