Elora Culinary Walking Tour
November 2010 marks the one year anniversary of the weekly Elora Culinary Walking Tour, a concept started by David Medeiros and Barbara Anderson, the husband and wife team who own The Village Olive Grove in Elora, Ontario. They thought a weekly walking, food sampling tour, through the streets of Elora would be a unique culinary tourism experience to showcase the variety of fabulous restaurants, pubs and specialty food shops that Elora has to offer. The Tour also provides some of the history of the town as it winds its way through Mill Street West, Metcalfe Street and Mill Street East.
“The last 12 months have been very busy for the Culinary Walking Tour!”, says David Medeiros, “as we have had over 700 satisfied guests on the Tour. As a result of the Walk, all of the local restaurants and shops including ours have noticed an increase in business, especially during the slower tourism seasons.”
Culinary Tourism is now considered a critical component of travelers’ experience and food is believed to rank at the same level of importance as climate, accommodation and scenery.
“We have trained a number of students from the Centre Wellington District High School Food School, which is run by Chef Chris Jess, to be guides for the Tour. This has provided fun jobs for the students and they have been fabulous tourism ambassadors for the Tour and Elora, while providing a great experience for the guests on the tour,” Medeiros says.
“The Tour is very popular due to the commitment of our culinary partners and we want to thank them for making [it] a great success.” The culinary partners are Whisper’s Restaurant, Cork Restaurant, E&G Fine Pastries, The Cellar Pub and Grill, The Dessert Rose Cafe, The Shepherd’s Pub, Café Crêperie and The Elora Mill Inn.