By: Michelle Poirier

The Town of Georgina’s Economic Development and Tourism Division is launching a new culinary event, Taste of Georgina.

“You’re invited to experience the Taste of Georgina, a prix fixe food series that will awaken your taste buds and allow you to explore a variety of local restaurants,” the Town’s website says.

The event will run from Saturday, February 6 to Friday, February 19.

“Taste of Georgina supports and promotes our restaurant sector, which has seen a significant decrease in revenue as a result of COVID-19,” Karyn Stone, Manager of Economic Development and Tourism, said.

“Through this event, the Economic Development and Tourism office hopes to stimulate economic activity in Georgina and help our restaurants keep their doors open during the historically slower winter season.”

One of the participating restaurants is Big Bone BBQ, in Keswick.

“I think it’s great to promote community, and definitely the restaurants, because during COVID-19 I’m going to say three quarters of the restaurants are suffering because of everything going on, so hands down anything that can be done is going to help us,” Audrey Rombos, owner of Big Bone BBQ, said.

She said her restaurant has a strong take-out focus already, but that this event should help other restaurants.

Another participating restaurant is Lake Simcoe Arms Pub, in Jackson’s Point.

“It might open a few people’s eyes of how many restaurants are really out there in Georgina,” Becky Massey, Front of the House Manager at Lake Simcoe Arms Pub, said.

She said business has been quiet, but she is hopeful that the event will bring spark interest in what local restaurants have to offer.

“They might make a fun time of it, saying, ‘okay we’re going to pick these three restaurants and we’re going to try a meal from these three’, or people that haven’t tried one of the restaurants, this can be their tasting experience,” she said.

The Town website says due to COVID-19, this event is being promoted as take-out, delivery and pickup, as indoor dining is not currently permitted during the Provincial State of Emergency.

For more information and to see which other restaurants are participating visit georgina.ca/tasteofgeorgina

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