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FULL LIST: Armando’s, Colasanti’s, Oxley Estate Winery, Point Pelee, Others Win 2021 ‘Best Of Windsor Essex’ Awards

Wednesday March 24th, 2021, 11:13am


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Tourism Windsor Essex has announced the winners of the 2021 Best of Windsor Essex awards.

Voting ran from February 18th through March 7th with the goal of putting together the most comprehensive list of the “best things to see and do” in the region.

The popular social media campaign drew a tremendous response where Windsor Essex businesses received over 13,742 votes, and handed out 41 awards.

Mayor Drew Dilkens presented awards in a virtual ceremony on YouTube and Facebook

“Originally, we struggled with the timing and practicality of offering the Best of Windsor Essex Awards as an opportunity for locals to engage and support their local businesses. We decided to move forward as we soon realized this year it was more important than ever to feature local – and inspire locals to think about their favourite places to go and things to do,” said Gordon Orr, CEO of Tourism Windsor Essex. “Our Windsor and Essex County residents responded favourably – as we saw an almost 60% increase in people nominating businesses – and over 13.7 thousand people voted for their favourites this year.”

Officials say finalists and winners will be able to use the award to differentiate their business, increase their visibility, validate their achievements, and act as a strong testimonial of their offerings.

“Our goal from the Best of Windsor Essex Awards is to showcase iconic experiences, hidden gems, and everything in between,” said Orr. “We want residents and visitors to be able to use this list as a great way to plan a Staycation in Windsor Essex this year.”

Here are the winners:

Attractions and Events

Best Adapted Event
Amherstburg River Lights Festival

Best Family Friendly Attraction

Best Local Attraction – Historical
John R. Park Homestead

Best Attraction – Outdoors
Point Pelee National Park Tip

Best In-person Event
Downtown Windsor Farmers Market

Best Virtual Event
Cindy’s Live With Tish


Art of the Cocktail
Wolfhead Distillery

Best Brewery Experience
Walkerville Brewery

Best Coffee House or Roaster
Anchor Coffee House

Best Winery Experience
Oxley Estate Winery

Arts & Entertainment

Best Art Gallery or Art Space
Art Gallery of Windsor

Best Museum or Heritage Space
Fort Malden National Historic Site

Best Tour

Best Virtual Performance Group or Show
Windsor Symphony Orchestra

Outdoor Adventure

Best Birding Hot-Spot
Point Pelee National Park

Best Fishing Hot Spot
Belle River Pier

Best Golf Course
Kingsville Golf & Country Club

Best On The Water Activity
Urban Surf Company

Best Park Or Garden
King’s Navy Yard Park

Best Trail
Point Pelee National Park


Best Breakfast
The Twisted Apron

Best Burger Joint
Jack’s Gastropub

Best Farmers Market
Downtown Windsor Farmers Market

Best Pasta House

Best Patio
Jack’s Gastropub

Best Perch
Birdie’s Perch

Best Pizza

Best Pub or Wings
Rock Bottom Bar and Grill

Best Sweets
Sweet Revenge Bake Shop

Best Takeout or Catering
Iron Kettle Bed & Breakfast

Best Vegan or Vegetarian Bites
Healthy Mama


Best Boutique Shop
Cindy’s Home & Garden

Best Local Artisan
Michael Difazio Reclaim Artistry

Best Locally Made Store
Urban Art Market

Best Mall
Devonshire Mall

Best Shopping District

Best Vintage or Thrift Store
Timeless Treasures

Best Bed & Breakfast
Iron Kettle Bed & Breakfast

Best Campground or Cottage
The oTENTiks at Point Pelee National Park

Best Hotel/Motel
Caesars Windsor

Photo Op

Best Photo Op
Windsor Waterfront

You can watch the entire award ceremony below:

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