Recently announced funding from the Ontario government’s Reconnect Event and Festival Program will support Tourism Kingston’s winter 2021-22 “Love Kingston” program, which focuses on healthy outdoor activities and promotion of local restaurants and culinary events.
Love Kingston is a season-long outdoor illuminated experience paired with a dynamic culinary series.
Love Kingston wraps Kingston's downtown streets, public spaces, and businesses in light during the dark days of winter, providing free, healthy outdoor activities. Tourism Kingston also partners with the City of Kingston and Downtown Kingston BIA on affiliated activities, such as the Love Kingston Marketplace in Springer Market Square.
Complementary and supportive programming within Love Kingston, Kingstonlicious curates and promotes prix fixe menu offerings from local restaurants to provide an attractive and easy-to-navigate culinary experience that supports Kingston's restaurant community, which was especially hard hit during this past year, due to both plummeting tourism numbers and restrictions on in-person dining. The inaugural Kingstonlicious program, which originally ran from January to March of this year, was extended into April and May due to popular demand. Kingstonlicious also featured special food and beverage tasting events, combining at-home meals from local restaurants with online learning experiences with culinary and wine experts.
Combined, the outdoor illuminated experience and the culinary series present a compelling anchor event running throughout the low winter tourism season to draw visitors and residents to Kingston's downtown core to safely explore the community and support local businesses.