Food Tourism

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Program Code: 1834

School: School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts

Credential: Graduate Certificate

Program Type: Post-diploma program

Program Length: 1 year/ 2 semesters

Start Date: Fall

Location: Progress Campus

Email: hospitality@centennialcollege.ca

Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 2569

Food tourism is an increasingly popular segment of the tourism industry as culinary experiences drive and are at the core of local, regional and international travel. The School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts’ Food Tourism program will provide learners with the skills required to develop successful food tourism enterprises and gain employment in existing food and culinary tourism agencies and companies while advocating for social justice, equity and access in communities worldwide. In this graduate certificate program, students will gain small business expertise while exploring their creativity and innovation which can be applied within both an entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial setting. 

This graduate certificate program is targeted at working professionals in and around food, culinary, tourism and events industries. Students will learn about the exciting links between experience, gastronomy, wine, culture, food traditions and communities.

Graduates from this program will be prepared to pursue employment in tourism agencies, local and international tourism attractions, culinary establishments, government agencies, historical tourism sites, food writing and culinary experiential travel groups.

The entrepreneurial skills taught in the program will also permit graduates to pursue self-employment and/or consultancy work establishing local food movements such as farmer's markets, community food hubs and destinations attracting food tourism.

It’s Your Shift Training and Awareness Program

The program includes an innovative industry training and awareness certification – It’s Your Shift.  The certification equips students with the crucial knowledge and provides current resources focused on sexual harassment prevention and safe practices for intervention as frontline workers or managers. It will support graduates as they enter the hospitality industry to become leaders for the prevention of sexual harassment and contribute to the evolution of safe and welcoming work environments.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
FOOD-701 Social Media of Food Progress Campus
FOOD-705 Food Writing Progress Campus
FOOD-706 Wine, Beer and Spirits Progress Campus
FOOD-730 Introduction to Food Tourism Progress Campus
FOOD-731 Hospitality Marketing & Business Development I Progress Campus
FOOD-733 Gastronomy & Taste of Place Progress Campus
FOOD-734 Tourism Destinations Progress Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
FOOD-713 Food Freelance Entrepreneurship Progress Campus
FOOD-732 Social Leadership & Business Development II Progress Campus
FOOD-735 Food Origins, Cultural Traditions & Rituals Progress Campus
FOOD-736 Food Distribution and Economics Progress Campus
FOOD-737 Global Tourism Development & Social Justice Progress Campus
FOOD-738 Sustainable Events Progress Campus
FOOD-739 Logistics and Operations Management Progress Campus

Companies Offering Jobs

  • Tourism Agencies
  • Local and International Tourism Attractions
  • Culinary Establishments
  • Government Agencies
  • Historical Tourism Sites
  • Culinary Experiential Travel Groups

Career Outlook

  • Food Writer
  • Local Food Tourism Entrepreneur
  • Travel Counsellor
  • Adventure/Niche Travel Advisor
  • Food & Wine Event Manager
  • Travel Writer

Academic Requirements

  • College diploma or university degree in any discipline
  • We will consider applicants who have successfully completed partial post-secondary education and have relevant work experience in hospitality
  • Proof of English Proficiency

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2017.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $4,458.00 $973.00 $5,431.00
International $13,283.00 $2,256.00 $15,539.00