Industry Update
Press Release15 September 2010

Culinary Tourism World Summit Lands in Halifax, NS from September 19-21, 2010

Halifax World Trade & Convention Centre the site for two days of groundbreaking culinary tourism events including keynotes by Robert Kenner of Food, Inc and Food Network Host Chef Michael Smith

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Destination Halifax

Halifax, Nova Scotia -- Halifax NS welcomes the Culinary Tourism World Summit, a gathering of international culinary and tourism industry professionals, to the Halifax World Trade & Convention Centre beginning this Sunday, September 19th. The event features two days of sessions from renowned culinary and tourism leaders, interactive breakouts, and special events including a dinner that takes delegates on a journey through the cuisine of Nova Scotia.


Renowned keynote speakers include Robert Kenner, Producer and Director of Food Inc., who will make the opening address at the Halifax convention centre on Monday, September 20 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The public is invited to attend the morning keynote, with tickets available for $30 per person. In the afternoon, Food Network Host Chef Michael Smith will speak on the Culinary Tourism World Summit theme of "One World, One Table."

Also open to the public is the Monday Lobster Dinner, sponsored by Taste of Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada Lobster, which is followed by chocolate sampling at the "Salon du Chocolat – A History of the Evolution of Chocolate" presented by the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and MARS Chocolate. The dinner is open to the public at a cost of $125 per person + tax and tickets are available at Ticket Atlantic's website.

During the two-day of Halifax meetings, delegates will participate in twenty sessions on themes such as culinary tours, social marketing, understanding consumer perceptions of "local," and how destination marketing organizations work with culinary communities in their respective regions, including four international chefs and Patricia Lyall, President & CEO of Halifax, NS marketing organization Destination Halifax.

The Culinary Tourism World Summit theme, "One World, One Table: Using Culinary Tourism for Economic Development" will explore cuisine as an attraction that can be leveraged for economic development. To find out more about the Halifax convention, visit

To learn more about host city Halifax, NS, visit

About Destination Halifax

Destination Halifax is a partnership of the Province of Nova Scotia, the Halifax Regional Municipality, the Hotel Association of Nova Scotia, the World Trade and Convention Centre, and participating industry members. Since its inception in 2002, Destination Halifax has operated with a goal of promoting the Halifax Regional Municipality as a year-round destination of choice for business and leisure travelers.

Emily Kimber
Communications Manager
Phone: 902-423-1133
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