News MPP Scott announces $20,000 for food tourism projects SHARE ON: Phil McCabe, contributor, Tuesday, Aug. 13th, 2019 from left to right: Councillor Pat Kennedy, Councillor Brent Devolin, Director of Tourism Amanda Virtanen, MPP Laurie Scott, Councillor Carol Moffatt, Councillor Cec Ryall, and Food Tourism Facilitator Thom Lambert(photo provided by Scott's office) HALIBURTON COUNTY, ON – The province is trying to boost the local economy. Minister of Infrastructure and MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MPP Laurie Scott, announced in a press release today the county is receiving $20,000 for “Food Tourism Projects”. “The County of Haliburton has been working on the development of food tourism, in support of many local businesses for the past several years. With the funding from the Rural Economic Development program, we will be able to launch a number of exciting programs in the back half of 2019 and support a contract position as well. It’s an exciting – and delicious! – time for the Haliburton Highlands,” says County Warden Liz Danielson. This funding allocation is part of the Ontario government’s Rural Economic Development program. Earlier in the year, Haliburton County hired on Food Tourism Facilitator Thom Lambert who helped execute the Dinner of the Dock initiative. All of these efforts are part of the county’s push to create even more economic development through food tourism. Director of Tourism Amanda Virtanen had presented research data that suggested that nature viewing and festivals or concerts were the driving tourism forces in the county.