Ontario's Southwest – Shaped by Nature


Elgin County Economic Development and the Elgin County Homes have successfully completed the 2013 Local Food Challenge to increase the amount of local food served in Elgin’s three long-term care facilities. “This project highlights Elgin County’s commitment to local food and to supporting our local businesses and agricultural producers,” said Warden David Marr.


With a $15,000 grant from the Greenbelt Fund, Elgin was able meet its goal of increasing local food purchases in its Homes from 9% in 2012 to 15% in 2013, spending a total of $116,050.30 on local (Ontario) food.


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The Norfolk County Agricultural Society is excited to announce that “Eat & Drink Norfolk” voted as a finalist for “Best New Event” in Ontario is back for its fifth consecutive year. Dates for this year’s event are Friday April 11th & Saturday April 12th.  “Eat & Drink Norfolk” provides an opportunity to come out to a relaxed atmosphere in the AUD at the Norfolk County Fairgrounds, to mix and mingle while sampling local products from over 40 participating vendors. Many well-known local restaurants, breweries, distillery and food producers are back again while several new vendors are participating for the first time.


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Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) released updated research-based information about its Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) Partnership Program today confirming the importance of festivals and events to the Ontario economy in terms of this industry’s ability to contribute to regional GDP, create jobs and generate taxes at all levels of government. Ontario festivals and events are estimated to annually drive $2.3 billion in contribution to regional GDP, support almost 50,000 full-year job equivalents (FYJE) and generate approximately $1 billion in taxes.


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Businesses and organizations in Windsor and Detroit are collaborating and working together to celebrate cycling for the region’s first North American Bicycle Week taking place March 27-30, 2014. The event is organized by Detroit Bike City and WindsorEats along with partners Bike Friendly Windsor Essex, Cycle Culture, and the University of Windsor Cyclists Association will be hosting the Windsor launch to North American Bicycle Week on Thursday, March 27th.


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Tourism Experts Gather In London

March 13th, 2014 | Posted by JT in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)


On March 19th– 20th, the Four Points by Sheraton London, Ontario, will be transformed with high energy from tourism professionals in Southwestern Ontario, who will gather for the third annual Ontario’s Southwest Spring Conference. This is a forum for those in the tourism industry to stay up-to-date with trends, share ideas & best practices, and network with colleagues.


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The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA®) is pleased to announce that London, Ontario has been selected to host the 39th edition of Country Music Week, September 8-11, 2016. This four-day music extravaganza will culminate with the Canadian Country Music Association Awards broadcast on Sunday, September 11.


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Elgin County Economic Development is pleased to be the recipient of two Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) Marketing Awards of Excellence. Awards for the Elgin County 2012 Year in Review Report and the Artastic Elgin Event were presented at the EDCO annual conference in Toronto on February 6, 2014.


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Jakeman’s Maple Farm is hosting the 9th Annual 4-H Pancake Fundraiser in Oxford, beginning March 1, 2014, and continuing every Saturday and Sunday throughout the month of March as well as breakfast on Wednesday March 12, 2014 (week of March Break) 9:00am – 1:30pm each day. Come to Jakeman’s Maple Farm to enjoy fluffy pancakes drizzled with Jakeman’s Award Winning Maple Syrup, breakfast sausages, and maple baked beans. All meals are prepared and served by Oxford County 4-H members.


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297.5 feet long, 5 stories high, elegant, imposing – hiding secrets of the Cold War. Such is HMCS Ojibwa, Canada’s first Oberon Class submarine as she sits in Port Burwell, the first artifact of the Museum of Naval History. It may be winter, but that doesn’t keep people from touring this amazing boat. “We are having special public tours the last weekends of all the winter months,” said Ian Raven, Executive Director of the Elgin Military Museum. “Even though we are open all winter by appointment for groups of four or more, these weekends give smaller groups and walk-ins a chance to take the tour too.”


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The Norfolk County Agricultural Society is pleased to announce that after an exhaustive search, George Araujo has been named General Manager of the Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show. Araujo has been the Facilities Manager at the Fairgrounds since 2003 and the Executive is excited that a person with his experience both at the Fair and in the Community is taking the position.


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