2017 FoodTrekking Awards Winners Announced


Awards given for excellence in food and beverage tourism


PORTLAND, Oregon, USA (April 10, 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. Food and beverage is the fastest-growing sector of travel, itself one of the world’s largest and most economically significant industries.


Rather than another Top 10 or Best Restaurants list, the FoodTrekking Awards are unique in that they recognize excellence in experience in multiple categories within the food and beverage tourism industry.




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 at FoodTrekkingAwards.org.




This year, winners are divided into eight categories that celebrate excellence in food and beverage tourism:


Best Beer Experience

1st Place:   Yakima Valley, Washington State, United States     www.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:   Bon Beer Voyage (Beercation Cruises)   www.BonBeer.com


Best Food Travel Blogger

1st Place:   Taste of Adventure Blog by Krystal Hauserman     http://tasteofadventure.net


Best Food Travel Media

1st Place:  Laura Reiley     www.tampabay.com/writers/laura-reiley

2nd Place:  GLP Films     www.GLPfilms.com


Best Farm or Farmers' Market Experience

1st Place:      Ranczo Frontiera      www.seryowcze.pl

2nd Place:     Eko Snails Garden     www.SnailsGarden.com


Best Food/Beverage Destination Experience

1st Place:  Province of Ontario, Culinary Tourism Alliance     www.OntarioCulinary.com

2nd Place:  Experience Grand Rapids     www.experiencegr.com/biteseeing


Food/Beverage Event Experience

1st Place:   Whistler's Celebration of Food & Drink     www.WhistlerCornucopia.com

2nd Place:   Prince Edward Island Fall Flavours Festival     www.FallFlavours.ca




Seven food, beverage, tourism and hospitality experts 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, pl
  5. Udi Goldschmidt (Israel), culinary tourism consultant to Israel’s tourism industry
  6. Brian F. Lorge (USA), CCTP, HAAC (USA), Exec. Dir., American Culinary Federation, Michigan Chapter
  7. Lawrence Acosta (USA), Owner, Grub Crawl


For more information on current and past winners, visit http://foodtrekkingawards.org/winners.


High-resolution, professionally taken photographs are available on request.  For interviews with WFTA Executive Director Erik Wolf, or any of the winners, contact Kuvy Ax at 720.329.7327 or kuvy@rootpr.com.



The World Food Travel Association (WFTA,) founded in 2003, 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 purely for sustenance.


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, would be forever lost.


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News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kuvy Ax


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Erik Wolf

World Food Travel Association

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