Build A Buzz For The ‘Burg In Best Of Windsor-Essex Awards

Open Air Weekends, River Lights Winter Festival, the Farmers’ Market, King’s Navy Yard Park and a host of other Amherstburg attractions and historic sites have been nominated in the 7th Annual Best of Windsor Essex Awards.

A mosaic showing Amherstburg nominees in the Best of Windsor-Essex Awards!

More than two dozen Amherstburg hot spots have been nominated in a total of 48 categories from Best Holiday Event to Best Brewery Experience to Favourite Photo Op in Essex County. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday so there is still time to cast your vote and vault Amherstburg attractions into the winner’s circle.

Everyone who votes in all 48 categories can win a $500 prize. You can cast your vote here!

King’s Navy Yard Park was named Best Park or Garden in Windsor-Essex last year, a category it has won for multiple years running. It is nominated in that category again this year as well as in the Favourite Photo Op category for the County of Essex.

King's Navy Yard Park.

River Lights Winter Festival, which shone brightly amid a dark pandemic winter last year while other light shows shut down, took home Best Adapted Event in 2021 and is nominated this year in the best Holiday Event category.

As might be expected, Amherstburg dominates the Best Historical Attraction category, occupying three of the five spots with the Amherstburg Freedom Museum, Fort Malden National Historic Site and Park House Museum.Beer and Yoga at G.L. Heritage Brewery

The Amherstburg Farmers Market was nominated in the Best Farmers Market category and G.L. Heritage Brewery was nominated for Best Brewery Experience again this year.

Just down Howard Avenue, Wolfhead Distillery was again nominated in the Art of the Cocktail category and Fox Glen was nominated in the golf course category. 

It was nice to see some new Amherstburg businesses nominated this year including The Panetteria in the Bakery and Baked Goods category and Pepper Cat in the Date Night Spot category.

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There are Amherstburg entries in the following categories:

Art Gallery or Space

  • Gibson Gallery

Museum or Heritage Space

  • Fort Malden National Historic Site
  • Park House Museum

Attraction – Family Friendly

  • Ure’s Country Kitchen and Mini Golf

Attraction – Historical

  • Amherstburg Freedom Museum
  • Fort Malden National Historic Site
  • Park House Museum

Holiday Event

  • River Lights Winter Festival

Street Event

  • Open Air Weekends

The Art of a Cocktail

  • Wolfhead Distillery

Brewery Experience

  • G.L. Heritage Brewing Co.

Coffee House or Coffee Roaster

  • Caffeine and Co.

Bakery and Baked Goods

  • The Panetteria

Burger Joint

  • Burger 67

Date Night Spot

  • Pepper Cat

Farmers Market

  • Amherstburg Farmers Market

Ice Cream Parlour

  • Waterfront Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt

Lake to Plate Dining 

  • The Perch Pit

Pasta House

  • Riccardo’s Italian Restaurant

Pizza –

  • Armando’s

Plant Based Eatery

  • The Plant Base

Taco Joint

  • Chicano’s Tacos and Tequila


  • Holiday Beach Conservation Area

Birding Hub

  • Holiday Beach Conservation Area

Golf Course

  • Fox Glen Golf Club

Park or Garden

  • King’s Navy Yard Park


  • ERCA Greenways

Artisan or Maker

  • Park House Museum

Boutique Shop

  • Terra Green Gardens

Shopping District

  • Amherstburg

Bed and Breakfast

  • Bondy House Bed and Breakfast

Favourite Photo Op – County of Essex

  • King’s Navy Yard Park

The River Canard Canoe Company is technically in LaSalle but’s it’s a wonderful attraction that is literally across the street from Amherstburg. It’s nominated this year as Best On The Water Activity and Best Attraction – Outdoor.

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