Federal minister announces funding for food tourism in Nova Scotia

The federal Tourism Minister has announced $277,950 in support of culinary tourism through Taste of Nova Scotia.

Mélanie Joly made the announcement at the Masstown Market Butcher and Creamery Thursday morning, alongside Cumberland-Colchester MP Bill Casey.

The funding is through ACOA’s Business Development Program, with a goal of helping Taste Nova Scotia further establish the province as a culinary destination and develop programs to extend the tourism season.

Thursday's stop is part of the cross-country tour Joly began in November, meeting with local tourism and travel industry experts for roundtable discussions to try and identify opportunities to maximize Canada’s tourism potential.

Taste of Nova Scotia, established in 1989, is undertaking year-round marketing and strategic planning to help draw more visitors to the region.

The provincial government is also providing $40,500 for the project through the Department of Agriculture and $30,000 through Tourism Nova Scotia.