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    The World Food Travel Association announces the 2018 FoodTrekking Awards Winners in London. see more

    The World Food Travel Association is pleased to announce the winners of the latest round of the FoodTrekking Awards competition to recognize excellence and innovation in the food and beverage tourism industry. 

    The 2018 FoodTrekking Awards Ceremony was held after the Association's FoodTreX London | Food Travel Innovation Summit on November 4, 2018. Below is a list of the winners for the categories that received awards.

    We congratulate this year's winners for their leadership and vision in our industry.

    The next round of the FoodTrekking Awards will open on March 15, 2019 and close on May 31, 2019. Winners for this round will be announced at the next FoodTreX London | Food Travel Innovation Summit on November 3, 2019.  Nine categories of excellence and innovation in food and beverage tourism will be recognized.

    Learn more about the Awards on the FoodTrekking Awards website. 


    Best Conversion of Historic Building as a Food Lover Attraction

    The Food House at The Green Museum, Djursland, Denmark

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Best Local Storytelling in a Food or Beverage Experience

    GLP Films, USA

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Best Use of Food/Beverage for Cross-Cultural Understanding

    Food Playground Pte Ltd, Singapore


    Most Authentic Food or Beverage Tour Operator Experience

    Jamaica Culinary Tours, Falmouth, Jamaica

     

    "We are truly elated at receiving this recognition at the international level, and buoyed to continue growing our Company as we develop other tours which tell the story of our peoples, culture and history through our food." - Janet Crick, Owner, Jamaica Culinary Tours

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Note: there were two Awards cycles in 2018 in order to align our Awards Ceremony with our FoodTreX London | Food Travel Innovation Summit in early November. The winners above are for the late 2018 cycle. Starting with 2019, there will be only one awards cycle. Visit the Awards website for more details.

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    Next round of FoodTrekking Awards opens for excellence and innovation in food and beverage travel see more

    FOODTREKKING AWARDS APPLICATIONS OPEN
    FOR EXCELLENCE & INNOVATION IN FOOD & BEVERAGE TRAVEL

    Applications are now open for the next round of the World Food Travel Association's FoodTrekking Awards benchmarking excellence and innovation in food and beverage tourism. Now in their fourth year, the FoodTrekking Awards recognize excellence and innovation in both individual businesses as well as destinations. Interested businesses are invited to apply today. Applications will close on September 10, 2018, when the judges begin to process the entries. Winners will be notified on October 10, 2018 and announced publicly at the Food Travel Innovation Summit in London on November 4.

    NEW FOR THIS ROUND

    The follow features are new or improved for this round of awards applications:

    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. Improved winner benefits, including complimentary registration to the Food Travel Innovation Summit (a £399 value).
    3. New public Awards Ceremony (taking place on Sunday, November 4 at the Food Travel Innovation Summit in London).
    4. Improved pricing, with application fees for all categories now the same.
    5. New wire transfer option for application fee payment.

    APPLICATION PROCESS

    The application fee is a flat US$110 per category. Members of the World Food Travel Association will find discount codes available in the online member community. Businesses interested in applying can learn more or apply here.

    REVIEW PROCESS

    Recognition is awarded to a single First Place winner in each category. Winners receive an attractive color acrylic plaque to display showing their achievement; acknowledgment on the News page of the World Food Travel Association; and @mentions of the winning business name and category in the World Food Travel Association's social media channels and most importantly, complimentary entry to the Food Travel Innovation Summit in London on Sunday, November 3 (£399 value).

    ABOUT THE AWARDS

    The FoodTrekking Awards for the food travel industry are another first pioneered by the World Food Travel Association (WFTA). Every so often, you hear about an award for a foodie destination or tour operator, or an award for local excellence, but these awards usually do not bring the international recognition that is afforded by the World Food Travel Association, the world's leading authority on food and beverage tourism. Read more about the history of food tourism. Peruse past winners here.

    FAQ

    The answers to many questions (application process, cost, eligibility, deadlines, terms and conditions, etc.) can be founded in our Association's support portal here. 

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    2018 FoodTrekking Awards Winners Announced by the World Food Travel Association see more

    The World Food Travel Association introduced the FoodTrekking Awards in 2015 to recognize the excellence of experience afforded to customers and visitors by industry stakeholders representing the various awards categories. Applications are processed by a panel of judges, who are experts in the various categories represented. Judges assess how well each applicant has met the criteria. Winners are announced publicly and receive a handsome color plaque and generous publicity from the Association.

    Learn more about the Awards and visit the main FoodTrekking Awards page.
     

    Presenting the 2018 FoodTrekking Awards Winners

     

    BEST BEER EXPERIENCE

    1st Place: Bell's Brewery (Comstock and Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA) 

    Runner Up: Kiuchi Brewery (Naka, Japan) 

     

    BEST FOOD/BEVERAGE TOUR OPERATIONS (LAND)

    1st Place: Lip Smacking Foodie Tours (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA) 

    Runner Up: Naturalwalks (Catalonia)  

     

    BEST FOOD/BEVERAGE TOUR OPERATIONS (WATER)

    1st Place: Bon Beer Voyage (Beercation Cruises)   

     

    BEST FOOD TRAVEL BLOGGER

    1st Place: Taste of Adventure Blog by Krystal Hauserman    

     

    BEST FOOD TRAVEL JOURNALIST

    1st Place: Veruska Anconitano

     

    BEST COOKING SCHOOL/CLASS

    1st Place: African Relish (Prince Albert, Western Cape, South Africa) 

    Runner Up: Food Playground (Singapore)

     

    BEST FARM OR FARMERS’ MARKET EXPERIENCE

    1st Place: London Borough Market 

    Runner Up: Reading Terminal Market (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) 

     

    BEST FOOD/BEVERAGE DESTINATION EXPERIENCE

    1st Place: Canada's Food Island, (Prince Edward Island, Canada )

    Runner Up: Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA 

     

    BEST RETAIL/GROCERY EXPERIENCE

    1st Place: Eataly (Worldwide) 

    Runner Up: La Grande Epicerie (Paris, France)

     

    BEST FOODIE LODGING EXPERIENCE

    1st Place: The Leela Palace (Udaipur, Rajasthan, India) 

    Runner Up: The Louise (Barossa Valley, Australia) 

     

    BEST FOODSERVICE EXPERIENCE FOR VISITORS

    1st Place: Ristorante Grotta Palazzese (Polignano a Mare, Italy) 

    Runner Up: El Farallon (Los Cabos, Mexico) 

     

    BEST FOOD/BEVERAGE EVENT EXPERIENCE

    1st Place: Mistura (Lima, Peru) 

    Runner Up: Salon de Chocolate (Quito, Ecuador)

     

    BEST FOOD TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY

    1st Place: Bitemojo 

     

    BEST WINE EXPERIENCE

    1st Place: Bodegas Torres (Spain)

    Runner Up: Willamette Valley Vineyards (Turner, Oregon, USA) 

     

    2019 Applications Open August 1

    Applications for the 2019 FoodTrekking Awards will open on August 1, 2018 and close on September 15, 2018. Winners will be announced in London at the Food Tourism Innovation Summit on November 4, 2018. New for 2019, the World Food Travel Association has partnered with World Travel Market (WTM) to administer the Best Culinary Destination award, part of the Market’s new awards program. The Food Tourism Innovation Summit takes place the day before WTM opens to the trade at London’s ExCel Centre