Food Tourism Entrepreneurship Program (H417)

  • Program Name:
    Food Tourism Entrepreneurship
  • Code: H417
  • Credential:
    Ontario College Graduate Certificate
  • Method of Study:
  • Duration:
    1 year (3 semesters)
  • Centre:
  • School: Hospitality & Tourism Management
  • Location: St. James Campus
  • Starting Months: September
  • Domestic Tuition:
  • Experiential Learning:

    The 3rd semester is devoted to experiential learning. It is anticipated that most, if not all, experiences will be paid. Collaborations with industry partners will also be explored to identify opportunities for applied research experiential learning. In the 3rd semester, there will be an experiential learning trip connected to course outcomes.

  • Fall 2021 Delivery:
    Semester 1: Online
  • Winter 2022 Delivery:
    Semester 2: Choice

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Program Overview

The Food Tourism Entrepreneurship graduate certificate prepares graduates to create "tastes of place" experiences that support local economies by fostering relationships between stakeholders in agriculture, hospitality and tourism. Exploring the geography of food and beverage, students will learn to develop partnerships to communicate and market unique experiences that emphasize sustainability and transparency. Graduates may find career opportunities at local and international tourism attractions, culinary travel groups/associations, restaurants, wineries, breweries, cideries, distillers, agricultural destinations, destination marketing and development organizations, and government agencies, in roles such as Culinary Tourism Program Manager, Marketing Travel Consultant and Conference Services Manager. 

Full Description

The Food Tourism Entrepreneurship program will prepare graduates to harness local economies and cultures of food and drink production and consumption, and channel them into successful and resilient tourism “experience” enterprises. Geared towards diploma and degree graduates who want to specialize in food tourism development and entrepreneurship, this three-semester program builds on the strengths of George Brown's School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and our Chef School. Business graduates may also be interested in pathways in this field.

Students will learn to:

  • Connect and work with businesses, communities and associations in municipal, regional, provincial, national and international locations.
  • Support local economies by fostering relationships with stakeholders in agriculture, hospitality, tourism and agritourism.
  • Bring creative entrepreneurship skills to the small and medium businesses that make up the food tourism sector.
  • Continue to provide consumers with "taste of place" experiences that build on new business models and opportunities.
  • Develop the partnerships and tools to generate, capture, communicate and market unique experiences that speak to consumer values of sustainability and traceability.

The first two semesters of this program each include six courses provided through hybrid delivery. The third semester includes six online hours per week plus work-integrated learning, an independent study project and an experiential learning trip.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Research and assess local, national and global environments for food and beverage tourism opportunities that connect to local producers and provide tourists with authentic destination experiences.
  2. Develop sustainable food and beverage tourism products and experiences that equitably support the local environment and economy while recognizing the diverse cultural needs, experiences, and practices of local and global communities.
  3. Design marketing strategies to promote existing and new food enterprises, products and experiences using a variety of platforms appropriate to the target market.
  4. Develop business plans for sustainable food enterprises that strategically respond to evolving and changing market needs.
  5. Design innovative, creative and adaptive ideas and strategies for dynamic and ever-changing food tourism enterprises, products and experiences to ensure business competitiveness and sustainability.
  6. Select sales and customer service strategies and apply them to an enterprise's needs to ensure business long-term operational sustainability.
  7. Prepare and follow a plan for ongoing personal and professional development to establish and maintain entrepreneurial networking and business relationships and opportunities.
  8. Plan, implement and evaluate projects by applying management principles to support a small business's operation and administration.
  9. Select and implement risk management strategies to support all aspects of a small business operation.


Required Courses


Information about the courses being delivered for this program in the Fall 2021 semester is now available.



Code Course name
HOST1165 Gastronomy and Tastes of Place 1
HOST1166 Entrepreneurship in Food Tourism
HOST1167 Innovation and Leadership in Food Tourism
HOST1168 Food Tourism Marketing
HOST1169 Circular Economy and Sustainable Chef
HOST1170 Global Tourism Management


Code Course name
HOST1211 Gastronomy and Tastes of Place 2
HOST1212 Event Planning for Food Tourism Management
HOST1213 Fundamentals of Wine and Beverage for Tourism Management
HOST1214 Food Writing and Social Media of Food
HOST1215 Sustainable Tourism and Ecopreneurship
HOST1216 Food Tourism Business Research


Code Course name
HOST1303 Special Topics in Food Tourism Entrepreneurship
HOST1304 Work Placement

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Your Career

Graduates may find career opportunities in:

  • Local and international culinary tourism attractions
  • Culinary travel agencies/tour groups/associations
  • Restaurants and resorts
  • Farms and fisheries providing tourism experiences
  • Wineries, breweries, cideries and distillers
  • Destination marketing and development organizations
  • Government agencies

Career Options

Graduates may pursue employment in such roles as:

  • Tourism Entrepreneur
  • Culinary Tourism Program Manager
  • Communications Coordinator
  • Travel Consultant
  • Food and Beverage Manager
  • Conference Services Manager


The food tourism sector's return to the impressive growth and innovation of pre-pandemic years is going to be founded on creative entrepreneurship and local "taste of place" experiences that explore the geography of food and beverage in traditional and new ways. According to Destination Canada, Canadians spend $43 billion a year outside the country, while inbound visitors to Canada spend $22 billion. There is immense opportunity within Canada and, as Marsha Walden, President and CEO of Destination Canada, has said, “If we could capture 25% of that outbound revenue it would be a huge boost to our industry.” New enterprises that grow from the disruption of the global pandemic will be agile, local and will reinvent the way consumers connect with their culinary landscape.

Educational Pathways

This graduate certificate program is well suited to graduates of programs in hospitality, tourism, culinary arts, business or marketing, including:

  • Baking and Pastry Arts Management (H113)
  • Culinary Management (H100/H116)
  • Culinary Management – Nutrition (H119)
  • Food and Beverage Management – Restaurant Management (H132)
  • Hotel Operations Management (H133)
  • Special Event Management (H131)
  • Tourism and Hospitality Management (H130)
  • A wide variety of Business programs

Tuition and Fees

Domestic Tuition


Additional Costs

*Amounts listed are the total of tuition, ancillary fees, student service and materials for the three semesters of programs starting in Fall 2021. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2022 and at later dates.

International Students

Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information. 

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College fee requirements.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements

A diploma or bachelor's degree in Food and Beverage Management, Hotel Management, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Special Event Management, Culinary Management, Culinary Management – Nutrition, Business or a related area.

Applicants who do not meet the above requirements but who have experience in the industry may submit a resume and be interviewed for consideration.


College or University credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit our Transfer Credit Guide for more information.


Applicants with international transcripts who do not provide English proficiency test results must test at the College level in the George Brown College English assessment to be considered for the program. In addition, applicants who are accepted based on work experience only will be required to take the English Admissions Assessment in order to evaluate the appropriate level of English language proficiency.

Please visit English Proficiency for more details.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information regarding country specific admission requirements.  

Special Requirements


Students should be aware that various allergens including nuts, dairy and shellfish are routinely used in practice labs. Students should also note that George Brown College is sensitive to religious observances; however, while products purchased for consumption meet all provincial and federal regulations, they may not meet specific dietary laws related to Halal and Kosher foods.

How to Apply

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges.

International Students

Visit the How to Apply page for more information on how and when to apply. 

International students should apply through the George Brown College Online Application System.

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