GLP FILMS WINS 2ND PLACE FOOD TRAVEL MEDIA AWARD FROM WORLD FOOD TRAVEL ASSOCIATION

 
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The World Food Travel Association (WFTA), the world’s leading authority on food and beverage tourism, announced 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.

GLP Films won 2nd Place in the Best Food Travel Media category for the recent short-film series on food travel in Peru. The series included three short-films featuring authentic stories of local chefs and restaurateurs in Lima and Cusco, Peru. The documentary-style stories covered the hard road to success with a world-renowned Nikkei chef at one of the world's top 50 restaurants; profiled an 85-year-old matriarch with a hole-in-the-wall family restaurant steeped in local tradition; and celebrated an alternative to Peru’s traditional machismo culture through a woman owned homestyle restaurant.         

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. Watch GLP Films’ winning food travel films, "Nikkei: The Story of Chef Mitsuharu Tsumura" and "La Tia Julia: Love and Ceviche," below:

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 at FoodTrekkingAwards.org.

2017 WINNERS

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

BEST FOOD TRAVEL MEDIA

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

2nd Place:  GLP Films     www.glpfilms.com

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 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

2017 JUDGES

Seven food, beverage, tourism and hospitality experts served as judges for the 2017 Awards:

Panna Balazsy (Hungary), Owner, Globalist Kitchen

Roberta Garibaldi (Italy), food and wine tourism consultant and coordinator of East Lombardy – European Region of Gastronomy 2017

Livio Colapinto (Italy), Owner, Zest of Italy

Katarzyna Janiszewska (Poland), Founder, pl

Udi Goldschmidt (Israel), culinary tourism consultant to Israel’s tourism industry

Brian F. Lorge (USA), CCTP, HAAC (USA), Exec. Dir., American Culinary Federation, Michigan Chapter

Lawrence Acosta (USA), Owner,

 

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