FoodTrekking Awards

Recognizing excellence and innovation in food and beverage tourism.

Food and beverage businesses are an important part of the travel experience! If you’re not convinced, ask yourself, could a sudden influx of new visitors fill empty seats in your restaurant, cafe, hotel or tour, all day long? Travelers and consumers alike need to know about your business! 100% of visitors to a destination must eat and drink. They can return home with memories of chain coffee and hamburgers, or with memories of your fantastic local food and drink experiences!

The FoodTrekking Awards were founded by our Association in 2016 to recognize excellence and innovation in food and beverage experiences for travelers. Since then, dozens of businesses, destinations and organizations in a variety of categories have been recognized for the fantastic experiences they offer.

Recent Updates

New for 2018! We have refreshed the Awards in several important ways.

  1. The Awards categories have been overhauled to more precisely reflect the needs and interest of our industry. We’re pleased to announce nine (9) new awards categories:
    1. Best Use of Local Ingredients in a Foodservice Menu
    2. Best Conversion of Historic Building as a Food Lover Attraction
    3. Creative Use of Space for Food/Drink Experience
    4. Most Innovative Food or Beverage Marketing Campaign for a Destination
    5. Best Use of Instagram to Promote Food/Beverage Tourism
    6. Best Local Storytelling in a Food or Beverage Experience
    7. Most Authentic Food or Beverage Tour Operator Experience
    8. Best Food & Beverage Packaging Waste Reduction Campaign
    9. Best Use of Food/Beverage for Cross-Cultural Understanding
  2. New public Awards Ceremony taking place on Sunday, November 4 at the Food Travel Innovation Summit in London (always the Sunday before World Travel Market begins).
  3. Applicants are now encouraged to include videos of their entries. Videos of winners are promoted by our Association after winners are announced.
  4. Improved pricing, with application fees for all categories now the same. There are no other fees whatsoever. Learn why we charge an application fee.
  5. Enhanced winner benefits, including a complimentary registration to the Food Travel Innovation Summit (a £399 value).  Learn about all benefits that winners get.
  6. New wire transfer option for application fee payment.


  • Awards are US$110 per entry.
  • Association members save 20-50% depending on membership type (login to Members Area for details).

Good to Know

  • Beginning in mid-2018, the Awards were moved to take place in the middle of the calendar year, so that the Awards Ceremony can take place in conjunction with our Food Travel Innovation Summit in London, preceding World Travel Market.
  • Judges are anonymous and are sourced from our Certified Ambassadors, Board of Advisors and industry partners. We do not accept judges with a potential conflict of interest.