From the tastiest burger to the best corn maze, locals have had their say about their favourite restaurants and businesses in the bay.
The Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board announced earlier this fall the “Best of the Bay” campaign winners, naming 60 top Bay of Quinte-area tourism businesses and attractions in the annual contest.
Over the summer, the Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board asked residents to share their most-loved Quinte tourism businesses and attractions for the third iteration of Best of the Bay. The campaign netted more than 3,000 survey entries in categories under the themes of food and drink, shop or service, “regionscape,” and arts and culture.
Anna Fraiberg, digital marketing manager for the Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board, spoke about the enthusiastic response from community members.
“It’s exciting because it has been growing year over year,” Fraiberg told Quinteist.
“It seems to be growing by at least 500 survey entries each year. This is the third year. It started in 2021, sort of in the midst of the (COVID-19-related) second lockdown – people were really having a hard time through that,” she noted.
“We wanted to give people something to look forward to, something to champion. In return, it also gives the businesses something to be happy about.”
Fraiberg said those were tough times for businesses and they still are, so it’s “a feel-good moment for them to get that win as well.”
Nominations were eligible for businesses in the marketing board’s partner communities, including Belleville, Brighton, Greater Napanee, Quinte West and The Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.
“Best of the Bay is our way of giving locals a chance to champion their favourite businesses, said Dug Stevenson, Bay of Quinte Marketing Board’s executive director.
“(They’re) the ones they love visiting every single week, and whose owners work so hard to give an excellent experience day in and day out to anyone who comes through their door. It’s also a great way to make those businesses feel special to be recognized by their clients.”
The following businesses were among the top choices:
-Tomasso’s was chosen as the best restaurant for the third year in a row,
-Burger Revolution won the best burger title for the third year in a row,
-The Local Social House was recognized for the best patio in its first year of operation,
-Chilangos won in the best Mexican food category,
-Cricklewood Farms had a double win for best pumpkin patch and best corn maze,
-The best geocaching site went to the Napanee River, host of the Lennox and Addington County mega geocaching event.
Winning businesses receive a physical and a digital Best of the Bay decal to display in their storefront windows and online, along with bragging rights for being named the Best of the Bay by the community.
The full list of the winning businesses can be viewed on the Bay of Quinte website.
Community members who voted were entered into a draw to win gift cards to spend at their choice of winning businesses.