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WORLD FOOD TRAVEL ASSOCIATION
ANNOUNCES 2017 FOODTREKKING AWARDS WINNERS
For excellence in food and beverage tourism
(Portland, Oregon, April 6, 2017) — The World Food Travel Association (WFTA), the world’s leading authority on food and beverage tourism, announced today the winners of the 2017 FoodTrekking Awards for excellence in food and beverage tourism.
Rather than another Top 10 or best restaurants list, the FoodTrekking Awards are unique in that they fill a void of recognition of excellence in experience in multiple categories within the food and beverage tourism industry. Food and beverage is the fastest-growing sector of travel, itself one of the world’s largest and most economically significant industries.
LIST OF 2017 WINNERS
Winners are divided this year into eight categories that celebrate excellence in food and beverage tourism.
Best Beer Experience
1st Place: Yakima Valley, Washington State, United States VisitYakima.com
Best Food/Beverage Tour Operations (Land)
1st Place: Eating Europe Tours www.eatingeuropetours.com
2nd Place: Traveling Spoon www.travelingspoon.com
Best Food/Beverage Tour Operations (Water)
1st Place: Beercation Cruise BonBeer.com
Best Food Travel Blogger
1st Place: Taste of Adventure Blog by Krystal Hauserman tasteofadventure.net
Best Food Travel Media
1st Place: Laura Reiley tampabay.com/writers/laura-reiley
2nd Place: GLP Films GLPfilms.com
Best Farm or Farmers’ Market Experience
1st Place: Ranczo Frontiera seryowcze.pl
2nd Place: Eko Snails Garden SnailsGarden.com
Best Food/Beverage Destination Experience
1st Place: Province of Ontario, Culinary Tourism Alliance OntarioCulinary.com
2nd Place: Experience Grand Rapids experiencegr.com/biteseeing
Food/Beverage Event Experience
1st Place: Whistler’s Celebration of Food & Drink WhistlerCornucopia.com
2nd Place: Prince Edward Island Fall Flavours Festival FallFlavours.ca
2017 JUDGES & SELECTION PROCESS
Seven experts in specific fields served as judges for the 2017 Awards:
1. Panna Balazsy (Hungary), Owner, Globalist Kitchen
2. Roberta Garibaldi (Italy), food and wine tourism consultant and coordinator of East Lombardy – European Region of Gastronomy 2017
3. Livio Colapinto (Italy), Owner, Zest of Italy
4. Katarzyna Janiszewska (Poland), Founder, SlowLife.pl
5. Udi Goldschmidt (Israel), culinary tourism consultant to Israel’s tourism industry
6. Brian F Lorge (USA), CCTP, HAAC (USA), Chairman, Certified Ambassador World Food Travel Association; Exec. Dir., American Culinary Federation (MCCA); Fellow, American Academy of Chefs & Les Amis d’Escoffier; Industry Consultant
7. Lawrence Acosta (USA), Owner, Grub Crawl
THE CRITERIA & SELECTION PROCESS
Winners were selected from among all submitted applications. Judges were asked to evaluate the business strategy for the submitting company or organization; the marketing communications that support the product or business; the overall public reputation of the company or product; and as needed, the individual product itself. Each application was reviewed by a minimum of two different judges. For each category, there was one first place winner and up to one second place winner. Not all categories had second place winners. Applications for the 2018 Awards will open in October 2017.
To see current and past winners, visit http://foodtrekkingawards.org/winners
ABOUT THE WORLD FOOD TRAVEL ASSOCIATION (WFTA)
The World Food Travel Association (WFTA) creates economic opportunities where food and beverage meet travel and hospitality. We are a hub that supports the economic viability of food, beverage, travel and hospitality industry stakeholders.
Food is a common denominator shared by everyone around the world, no matter where we live or where we travel. Our research shows that for 93% of travelers, food and drink create memories, and are not just meals.
Without our distinctive food and beverage products, culinary cultures and local hospitality, the unique sense of place that inspires us to travel and even host visitors at home, will be forever lost.