The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) has announced that for the first time, 100 per cent of the wine and craft beer they serve will be locally sourced. This initiative reflects the centre’s ongoing commitment to support local businesses and showcase the best Ontario has to offer.
“As Canada’s largest convention centre, it’s important for us to lead by example, support local businesses and make a positive impact on the region,” said David Procopio, director of food and beverage services at the MTCC. “We continue to find ways to increase our ability to buy local, and for attendees to experience the best of Ontario.”
In a typical year, the MTCC serves approximately 38,000 bottles of wine and 94,000 beers. By buying local in large volume, the centre hopes to help support local businesses as much as possible, especially as the region recovers from the effects of the pandemic.
“Partnering with the Metro Toronto Convention Centre has been a tremendously exciting opportunity for us here at Peninsula Ridges Estates Winery. Their commitment to showcasing our world class, locally made craft wine and beer lets visitors from around the world experience the very finest Ontario has to offer. MTCC’s support, by buying local has also had a significant, positive impact on the economic health of our rural communities across the province, and will do so for years to come,” said Norman Beal, president at Peninsula Ridge Estate Winery.
Overall, approximately 65 per cent of all food and beverage items procured by the MTCC are from local farms and suppliers. The facility aims to increase this percentage every year. The MTCC’s culinary team also spearheads a dry age meat-aging program that can serve aged local Ontario beef to up to 3,500 guests.