Between May 15 and May 19, 2016 the streets of downtown Windsor will once again be filled with visitors from across Canada as we welcome over 250 chefs for the “53rd Canadian Culinary Federation (CCFCC) Annual National Convention.”
The five day Canadian Culinary Federation gathering seeks to create opportunities for members to share information and gain unparalleled peer-to-peer education.
As described on the conference website, CCFCC.ca/conference: “The event will feature a mix of networking, business strategy development, educational programming and a one day product showcase. Scheduled sessions include seminars, cooking demonstrations on culinary trends and techniques, hands-on skill sharpening, and culinary competitions for both Junior and Senior Culinary Teams.”
St. Clair College Centre for the Arts, downtown Windsor is host to this gathering. After being selected as the successful host city, over two years ago, through a competitive bidding process with CCFCC, St. Clair College formed a three-way partnership with CCFCC, and Ron Hart, President of the Culinary Council of Windsor. Together they have worked tirelessly in putting together a first-class conference.
While last year’s conference brought participants to the furthest eastern point of Canada — Newfoundland — this year attendees assemble in the southernmost point of Canada. Unique to this location is the fact it is hosted by a community college in Windsor’s downtown core with guests housed at the recently rebranded hotel adjacent to the college, the Best Western Plus.
The venue provides plentiful convention space, auxiliary meeting rooms, and a large fully equipped commercial kitchen. Assisting in the planning for this conference are the students of St. Clair College in the Tourism & Travel; Hospitality – Hotel & Restaurant; and Culinary Management curriculums benefiting from hands-on, real life experience. One local “contributing partner” is Colonial Coffee.