About Savour Ottawa
Who We Are
Savour Ottawa is an initiative spearheaded by Ottawa Tourism, Just Food and the City of Ottawa.
Founded in 1971, Ottawa Tourism is a not-for-profit, membership-based organization, with 350 tourism-related member businesses that work together to profile Ottawa and Canada’s Capital Region as a diverse and exciting place to visit. Ottawa Tourism’s objectives are to promote the destination, increase visitation, and enhance economic impact for the industry and its membership.
Ottawa Tourism’s involvement in the Savour Ottawa initiative derives from the provincial recognition of Ottawa as a culinary tourism destination in 2006. As a result of that designation, Ottawa Tourism coordinated meetings with other stakeholders which evolved into the Savour Ottawa initiative. It has continued to market and promote Ottawa as a culinary tourism destination with great success.
Ottawa Tourism provides promotion and communications expertise for the Savour Ottawa initiative and spearheads its marketing efforts, especially those that are aimed at markets outside of Canada’s Capital Region. Part of its everyday activities, Ottawa Tourism is able to communicate the exciting culinary culture in Ottawa, and to spread the word about Savour Ottawa and the unique products its members serve.
Just Food works to ensure that Ottawa is Food Secure. Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs, as well as to culturally acceptable food preferences for an active and healthy life. As well, foods are produced as locally as possible, and their production and distribution are environmentally, socially and economically just.
Just Food is a local, non-profit, community-based organization that works on both rural and urban food issues in the City of Ottawa. Just Food is governed by its own 8-member Board through its Director, staff and volunteers, and is sponsored by the Social Planning Council of Ottawa. Just Food has a membership of over 1200 people in the City, and works in partnership with many other organizations on key areas of work, including the Ottawa Buy Local Food Guide, Savour Ottawa, Community Shared Agriculture Farm Network, Eastern Collaboration of Food Initiatives, Community Gardening Network, etc. Since 2006, Just Food has worked with farmers in the area to train and provide resources to new and existing farmers who are interested in increasing local food production.
Just Food provides expertise in local agriculture and connections with the local agricultural community for Savour Ottawa. Additionally, it brings community development, as well as community economic development experience to the Steering Committee table and the initiative.
Just Food is also the host of the Savour Ottawa initiative and as such provides an in-kind contribution to the initiative to cover part of the overhead and administrative costs.