Om Nom Niagara
Om Nom Niagara 2020
March 31 – May 31, 2020
From Boston clam chowder to Montreal smoked meat sandwiches, Halifax has donair, Prince Edward Island has lobster, and Philly has its famous cheese-steaks – what do you think is Niagara’s official dish?
Are you a foodie with more spare time to dedicate to your culinary hobbies these days? Are you looking to exercise some creativity in the kitchen? Or do you simply have an appetite for local Niagara cuisine and want to virtually celebrate Niagara’s unique food culture, here’s your chance with Om Nom Niagara!
As an international destination with a big food and drink focus, visitors have come to Niagara and Niagara Parks seeking the authentic tastes of one of the world’s most desired natural sites. Famous cities and sites all over the world have dishes that are officially theirs, so what is Niagara’s?
With Om Nom Niagara, you can choose while showcasing Niagara’s food culture and virtually share the region’s one-of-a-kind foods with people from near and far. The best part? Whether you live near or far, you can participate online, from the comfort of your own home!
Submit a dish or dish with a specific ingredient that you feel defines Niagara based on your experience with the region, and let’s figure out just what is Niagara’s official dish!
Not from Niagara? You don’t need to be local to participate! Put your taste buds to the test and try the nominated dishes at Niagara Parks restaurants during the voting period in May.
Help us determine this year’s official dish by voting for your favourite one.
NOMINATION SUBMISSIONS (April 1–30, 2020)
Food nominations for Om Nom Niagara will be accepted between April 1 and April 30, 2020 via Niagara Parks’ online submission portal. Nominations can range from appetizers and entrées, to desserts and everything in between. The only rule: nominations must be delicious and representative of Niagara through name, ingredient(s), history or culture. Nominated foods can be family recipes, passed down classics or new favourites!
VOTING (May 1–31, 2020)
The top five nominated submissions will be shortlisted and opened for online voting. Adapted recipes will be shared on our website and social media so you can try making them at home and vote for your favourite. The dish with the most votes will be named Niagara’s official dish of 2020!
Since 2014, Niagara Parks’ Feast On certification has distinguished our restaurants as champions of Ontario food and drink. From local produce and protein to craft brewers, Niagara VQA wines and nearby distillers, our menus feature ingredients and products as unique as the place where they’re produced.
HERE ARE SOME LOCAL FLAVOURS TO INSPIRE:
Stonetown Cheese (St. Marys, Ontario)
These handcrafted alpine-style cheeses are low in sodium and made with fresh whole cow’s milk. Stonetown’s cheese making process is very similar to how cheese has been made for centuries in the mountain dairies in the Swiss Alps.
Kozlik’s Canadian Mustard (Toronto, Ontario)
Kozlik's Canadian Mustard is family-owned and operated since 1948, producing handmade mustard in small batches. These mustards are crafted with 100% Canadian mustard seeds and ingredients from local suppliers.
Quinta Quinoa (Guelph, Ontario)
Guelph-based Quinta Quinoa specializes in growing and preparing high quality, local, gluten-free crops. Its varieties are grown using best practices by Canadian farmers focusing on local quinoa of the highest quality and purity.
Thornloe Cheese (Thornloe, Ontario)
Based in northern Ontario, Thornloe Cheese is a 100% Canadian, 100% farmer-owned company that has produced a respected brand of cheese products for over 71 years. The company’s secret to success is old-fashioned cheesemaking techniques and fresh milk produced locally.
Silversmith Brewing Company (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario)
Silversmith Brewing Company is housed in an old church built in 1894 and features delicious hand-crafted beers available on tap, in bottles and in cans. This brewery is best known for its award-winning Black Lager.
Niagara Oast House Brewery (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario)
As one of Canada’s original producers of traditional-style farmhouse ales, Oast Brewery follows the Niagara winemaking tradition of crafting a truly unique product that derives both its character and distinction from the region.
The Butcher Shoppe (Toronto, Ontario)
This family-owned business opened its doors in 1984 in the Kensington Market area of downtown Toronto. Offering a breadth of products, Butcher Shoppe meats are meticulously chosen from quality and carefully cut to order.