TWEPI Announces 2021 Best of Windsor Essex Awards Winners

Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island has officially announced the winners of the 6th Annual Best of Windsor Essex Awards as voted on by the public.

“Originally, we struggled with the timing and practicality of offering the Best of Windsor Essex Awards as an opportunity for locals to engage and support their local businesses. We decided to move forward as we soon realized this year it was more important than ever to feature local – and inspire locals to think about their favourite places to go and things to do” said Gordon Orr, CEO of Tourism Windsor Essex. “Our Windsor and Essex County residents responded favourably – as we saw an almost 60% increase in people nominating businesses – and over 13.7 thousand people voted for their favourites this year.”

Voting for the awards happened between February 18th and March 7th, 2021 to allow the public let us know their favourite places to go and things to do. This year saw 13,742 votes – an increase of 9% over last year’s voting results, which was a record high in 2020.

The goal of the Best of Windsor Essex Awards is to help create an authentic list of where locals love to go and visit that can be utilized by visitors, when travel is encouraged in the province.

“Now in its sixth year and with record breaking support by locals, you can see how passionate our residents are of their locals businesses and attractions. During a year where supporting our local business was paramount to the success of our industry, you can see by that support that our residents agree” said Orr. “Our goal from the Best of Windsor Essex Awards is to showcase iconic experiences, hidden gems, and everything in between. We want residents and visitors to be able to use this list as a great way to plan a Staycation in Windsor Essex this year.”

Winners were announced during a broadcast media event on Facebook and YouTube. Each winner will receive a commemorative plaque, a letter of congratulations and bragging rights, be included in TWEPI’s 2021/2022 Official Visitor Guide, and branding on the Best of Windsor Essex website. This specifically designed site will feature a mini-profile and photo of each winner and a highlight of the top 5 finalists in each award.

Arts & Entertianment Award Winners

Art Gallery or Art Space or Artist
Art Gallery of Windsor

Museum or Heritage Space
Fort Malden National Historic Site

Tour Experience

Virtual Performance Group or Show
Windsor Symphony Orchestra

Attractions & Events Award Winners

Adapted Event
Amherstburg River Lights

Attraction – Family Friendly
Colasanti’s Tropical Garden

Attraction – Historical
John R. Park Homestead

Attraction – Outdoor
Point Pelee National Park Tip

In-Person Event
Downtown Windsor Farmers Market

Virtual Event
Cindy’s ‘Live With Tish’

Drink Award Winners

Art of a Cocktail
Wolfhead Distillery

Brewery Experience
Walkerville Brewery

Coffee House or Coffee Roaster
Anchor Coffee House

Winery Experience
Oxley Estate Winery

Food Award Winners

The Twisted Apron

Burger Joint
Jack’s Gastropub

Farmers Market or Shop
Downtown Windsor Farmers Market

Pasta House

Jack’s Gastropub

Birdie’s Perch

Pizza Pie

Pub or Wings
Rock Bottom Bar & Grill

Sweet Reveng Bake Shop

Take Out or Catering
Iron Kettle Bed & Breakfast

Vegan or Vegetarian Bites
Healthy Mama

Outdoor Adventure Award Winners

Birding Hot-Spot
Point Pelee National Park

Fishing Hot-Spot
Belle River Pier

Golf Course
Kingsville Golf & Country Club

On The Water Activity
Urban Surf Co.

Park or Garden
King’s Navy Yard Park

Point Pelee National Park

Shopping Award Winners

Boutique Shop
Cindy’s Home & Garden

Local Artisan or Maker
Michael Difazio Reclaim Artistry

Locally Made Store
Urban Art Market

Devonshire Mall

Shopping District

Vintage or Thrift Store
Timeless Treasures

Stay Award Winners

Bed & Breakfast
Iron Kettle Bed & Breakfast

Campground or Cottage
oTENTiks at Point Pelee National Park

Caesars Windsor

Photo Op Award Winner

Photo Op
Windsor Waterfront

The full announcement can be viewed on YouTube at

The full list of winners and finalists can be found at