Taste Real Summer

Taste Real Summer Challenge


This is the summer to plan a staycation and discover fun outings right in your own backyard. We have lined up some of the best food-related adventures to enjoy this summer!

We invite you to explore Wellington County's back roads and uncover colourful markets, fully-stocked farm stores, and other local food treasures. Discover quaint rural downtowns, quirky cafes and bakeries, farm-to-table restaurants and pick up treats along the way.

Are you ready for the challenge? Share your experiences with us and get the chance to win a total of $200.00 worth in gift cards to any Taste Real partner restaurant(s).

Here is how to participate in the #tasterealsummer challenge:

  1. Pick any or all of the experiences listed below.
  2. Snap a photo and share with hashtag #tasterealsummer on social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram)
  3. Ensure that your profile/photo permissions are set to public so we can see your photos and share them.
  4. That's it! You will be entered in a contest for a chance to win a total of $200.00 worth in gift cards to any Taste Real restaurant(s). Enter as many photos as you like. More photos mean a higher chance of winning!

We have a WINNER! Congratulation Kristine on your photo of Mapleton Chai ice cream with candied Mapleton Bacon. View the winning photo entry. Enjoy your local food from Taste Real partner restaurants.

This Taste Real Summer Challenge (“the Contest”) is administered by The Corporation of the County of Wellington (the “Sponsor” or “the County”). Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the Contest should be directed to the Sponsor at christinam@wellington.ca. By participating in this Contest, each contestant agrees to be legally bound by these Official Rules and Regulations (the “Rules”).

The contest will begin Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 12:00am and close on Monday, August 31, 2020 at 11:59pm. The winners will be notified by September, 14, 2020.


The Contest is open to all legal residents of Canada who:

(i) are eighteen (18) years of age or older as of the date of entering the Contest;

(ii) are not employees, representatives and agents of the County of Wellington. Members of the immediate family, representatives and agents (parents, children, siblings and spouse, regardless of where they live in Canada) and household of such employees may participate but are not eligible to win.

(iiv) have agreed to comply with applicable federal, provincial, municipal and local laws (including, but not limited to, laws relating to libel and obscenity), assume responsibility for their activities, and not to harass, disrupt, abuse, or invade the privacy rights of others; and

(iv) have read and accepted and agreed to comply with these Rules.

  1. There is no limit of entries per person allowed for the contest.
  2. No purchase is necessary to enter the contest or win.


One prize of $200.00 in value.

On or before September 14, 2020 at 12:00 pm ET, in the County of Wellington, in the Province of Ontario, the winning entry will be selected from all entries received. The contestant who owns the selected entry, and who is otherwise eligible to win, will be the selected contestant who is eligible to win the prize subject to compliance with these Rules.

In order to be declared a winner and be able to claim a prize, each person who is selected as a winner will have to:

a. Be reached by the email and/or phone number/or social media contact by the contest sponsors within ten (10) days following the selection of winners on September 14, 2020.

b. Meet all Contest eligibility criteria and otherwise complying with these Rules.

c. Correctly answer, without assistance of any kind, whether mechanical or otherwise, a time-limited mathematical skill-testing question to be administered by the County of Wellington.

d. Complete a Contest Declaration and Release Form and return it to the County of Wellington, to the specified address, within ten (10) days of being contacted as a winner on September 14, 2020.

e. Upon receipt of the Contest Declaration and Release Form duly filled and signed by the winner, the County of Wellington will contact the winner with instructions on how to claim the prize.

f. In the event that any one of the conditions mentioned herein is not respected, the winner’s entry will be voided and a new selection will be made following the official contest rules until a new winner is selected.


  1. The odds of winning the Prize is dependent on the number of eligible entries received by the Sponsor during the Contest Period in accordance with these Rules.
  2. The County of Wellington, and its members, trustees, agents, officers, contractors, volunteers, and employees will not be held responsible for any claims, demands, actions, complaints, suits, or other forms of liability that shall arise out of, by reason of, or be caused by the submission of a contest entry.
  3. The County of Wellington reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual from the Contest and to ban the individual from any future County of Wellington contest if it believes the participant is in violation of the official rules, acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.
  4. The prize must be accepted as awarded. No substitution of the prize is permitted except by the County of Wellington in its sole discretion. The County of Wellington reserves the right to substitute any prize with another prize of equal or greater value, if a prize cannot be awarded as described for any reason.
  5. The prize is transferable; however, it is not redeemable for cash or credit, in whole or in part.  The prize cannot be combined with any other offer.
  6. Entrants agree to abide by the terms of these Official Rules and by all decisions of the County of Wellington, which are final in all matters pertaining to the Contest. By entering, participants release and hold harmless the County of Wellington, its members, trustees, agents, officers, contractors, volunteers, and employees from any and all liability for any injuries, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with the Contest or any prize won.
  7. By entering, you consent to the County of Wellington’s use, should you become a winner, of your name, place of residence, and your testimony without further compensation or notice, for publicity, advertising, or informational purposes in any media or format (including the Internet) in connection with this Contest, the County of Wellington, or future similar contests. By entering, you declare that you have complied with the Contest Rules.
  8. A selected entrant may be required to provide the County of Wellington with proof that the selected entrant is the authorized account holder of the social media account associated with the selected entry. In the event of a dispute regarding who submitted an entry, it will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the person who is assigned an email address by an internet provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g. business, educational institute, etc.) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address.
  9. The Sponsor reserves the right to void any entry and/or withdraw, suspend, amend or terminate this Contest in whole or in part (or to amend these Rules) in any way at any time without prior notice (but subject to applicable law), in the event of an error, technical problem, computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failure or any other cause beyond the reasonable control of the Sponsor that, in the Sponsor’s sole discretion determines, interferes with the proper conduct of this Contest as contemplated by these Rules, or in the event of any accident, printing, administrative, or other error or any kind, or for any other reason.
  10. The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, and without prior notice, to adjust any of the dates and/or timeframes stipulated in these Rules, to the extent necessary, for purposes of verifying compliance by any contestant or entry, with these Rules, or as a result of technical problems, or in light of any other circumstances which, in the opinion of the Sponsor, in its sole and absolute discretion, affect the proper administration of the Contest as contemplated in these Rules.
  11. In the event of any discrepancy or inconsistency between the terms and conditions of these Rules and disclosures or other statements contained in any Contest-related materials, these Rules shall prevail, govern and control.
  12. This Contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial, municipal and local laws and regulations. The decisions of the Sponsor with respect to all aspects of this Contest are final and binding on all contestants without right of appeal, including, without limitation, any decisions regarding the eligibility/disqualification of contestants, entries, and votes.


Personal information (PI) is collected in this survey under the authority of the Municipal Act, s. 11. The purpose of this collection is to celebrate National Public Works Week. The PI provided in this survey is protected in accordance with Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA). Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the collection of personal information (PI), please contact the Manager of Privacy and Information, County of Wellington, Office of the CAO, T 519.837.2600 x2522.

By entering the Contest associated with this survey, each contestant expressly consents to the Sponsor, its agents and/or representatives, storing, sharing and using the personal information submitted with his/her entry only for the purpose of administering the Contest and in accordance with Sponsor’s privacy policy, unless the contestant otherwise specifies by giving Sponsor notice in writing.

No further informational or marketing communications will be received by the entrant unless the entrant provides the County of Wellington with explicit permission to do so. Please see the County of Wellington's Privacy Policy for additional details.

plate of food with cider pairingCelebrate Food Day Canada

Participate in a feast from coast to coast to coast -  Let's all eat together on August 1 to celebrate Food Day Canada. Whether it's a backyard BBQ, a picnic in the park or a meal in a local restaurant, share your photos! #fooddaycanada.


vegetables laid out on table with purchase signsFarmers' Markets

Visit a new farmers' market this summer! Pick one or all 6 of Guelph-Wellington farmers' markets and share your food photos.


fresh picked berries in a bowlU-Pick

Did you get to pick your own strawberries this year? Lucky you! Did you know that there are berries and vegetables you can pick your own at local farms? Check out what's on offer.

table with local food map, coffee and a penPick up a Local Food Map

Ready for your own local food adventure? Pick up a local food map at any participating Taste Real businesses or contact us so we can send one to you. Show us where the map takes you.


picnic table full of bbq foodHave a Picnic

Step outside and experience Wellington County for day trips full of food and scenery. Share a snap of your picnic destination or get inspired by our list of beloved local picnic spots - with all the Fixin’s to fill your basket.


outside restaurant patio with people eatingVisit a Restaurant or Patio

It's patio season - like never before. Even though inside dining rooms have opened, why not try out one of the many new or expanded patios local restaurants and cafes have created.


flight of four beers on tableSip and Savour

Cocktail, brew, cider, or wine - Wellington County's Beverage producers have you covered. Check out our list of local beverages and share a photo of your favourite.


hands holding ice cream conesFrozen Treats

Ice cream, popsicles, and more - tag us in your next photo enjoying a cool treat. Find locally made cool treats.


shelf full of preservesFarm Markets or Farm Stores

Wellington County is home to many amazing farm markets/farm stores. Discover a new one or share your favourite one with us.


take out window lined with gourmet burgersOrder Take Out

#TakeOutTuesday or not, ordering takeout is a great way to enjoy delicious food and support a local restaurant. Make us hungry by sharing your takeout photos.


fresh picked berries sign on country roadsideVisit a Farm

Are you staycation-ing? Why not visit a local farm this summer. Please remember to check hours and purchasing procedures before heading out and respect safety rules outlined by the farm/business.


butcher knife and meat sitting on tableBBQ Meats

If you are looking for BBQ meats or meat specialties - for excellent selection and quality visit these outstanding local butcher shops and see what they have to offer.


girl eating corn on the cob in a fieldPick your summer Favourite Food

What's our favourite local summer food? Is it fresh sweet corn, a crisp cider, or lavender ice cream? Share your beloved summer foods with us.


close up of tiny butter tartsFind your favourite Butter Tart

Is there anything more 'Ontario' than the iconic butter tart? Check out our line up of amazing butter tart locations in Wellington County.


home made tomato salad in a bowlPrepare your (new) Favourite Recipe

Whether you loved cooking all along or finessed your skills during isolation, share one of your new (or old) favourite dishes using local foods.


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