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Taste of Tourism - Artisan of The Year!

December 09, 2011

*TASTE OF TOURISM AWARDS* On Wednesday 16 November, The Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association celebrated excellence in tourism and hospitality at their annual tourism awards ceremony.

The evening honoured those businesses and individuals that exemplify business and customer service excellence, and who help profile the Hills of Headwaters region as one of Ontario's premier tourism destinations.

The evening was hosted at the Dufferin County Museum & Archives, with Master of Ceremonies Wayne Townsend leading guests through a casual and engaging evening of networking and socializing, which began with fabulous taste sensations from some of our region's finest dining establishments: The Globe Restaurant, Hockley Valley Resort, On Your Forks and One99 Restaurant.

Following cocktails and some wonderful culinary creations, guests headed over to the Corbetton Church (part of the Museum complex) and enjoyed a charming & intimate evening, honouring the "best-of-the-best" in the industry, with laughter, amaraderie and celebration!

Dignitaries at the event included Caledon Mayor Marolyn Morrison, Caledon Regional Councillor Richard Paterak, Town of Mono Councillor Elaine Capes, and Dufferin-Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones, who presented certificates of recognition to each award winner.

Recognizing the importance of arts and culture in the Hills of Headwaters region, award recipients received a beautifully framed print from the 2010 Hills of Headwaters Artisan of the Year, Rosemary Hasner, in honour of their achievements.

The judges from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture were impressed with the high calibre of nominees and finalists, and indicated that they had some very difficult decisions to make in order to select a winner in each category. After considerable deliberation, they selected the following winners:

*Best Arts, Culture or Heritage Experience* - Orangeville Music Theatre and the cast & crew of ANNIE

*Artisan of the Year* - Ann Randeraad

*Best Agri-Tourism Experience* - Foodstock

*Tourism Event or Festival of the Year* - Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival

*Best Culinary Tourism Experience* - Foodstock

*Best Overnight Getaway Experience* - Best Western Plus Orangeville Inn & Suites

*Best Customer Service Experience - Business*  - Caledon Country Club

*Best Customer Service Experience - Individual* - Adriana Roche (Gourmandissimo)

*Best New Tourism Business* - Tammeron Centres for Well Being

*Tourism Innovator* - Spring Gait Meadows

*Tourism Ambassador* - Jo Fillery

*Chairperson's Award of Merit* - Maureen Baufeldt (1942 - 2011)