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Town Of Essex Seeking Feedback From Farmers, Food Producers, And Agricultural Businesses

Sunday February 7th, 2021, 3:41pm


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If you’re farmer, brewer, cheesemaker, or other type of food or beverage producer, the Town of Essex wants to hear from you as part of the development of a local agritourism strategy.

The town will be hosting a Virtual Industry Forum on Thursday, February 18 from 9:30am to 11:30am, to learn about agritourism and provide their feedback on opportunities to grow and spotlight agritourism in the Town of Essex.

“The Town of Essex already has a rich agricultural history and a number of thriving agritourism businesses, from award-winning wineries to on-farm accommodations and experiences,” said Nelson Silveira, Economic Development Officer. “This project will help the municipality plan to grow that sector of the economy and provide business owners the tools they need to expand their agritourism offerings.”

The Town is working with the Culinary Tourism Alliance, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bridging the gap between farming, food and drink, and the tourism industry, to facilitate research and create the local agritourism strategy.  An important part of this process is gaining a clear understanding of industry needs, including identifying current and prospective agritourism businesses.

Forum participants will also hear from guest speaker Caroline Millar, a world-renowned agritourism industry expert. Caroline and her relatives operate a 650-acre mixed farm and the 5-star Hideaways accommodations.

To RSVP for the virtual event, you can fill out the online form or email [email protected] with the following information (full name, email, telephone number, business name and address, type of business, and whether the business currently offers agritourism experiences.)

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