The World Food Travel Association has just released its winners for the first annual FoodTrekking Awards for excellence in food and beverage. Presented to restaurants, wineries, breweries, tour operators and tourism boards, the FoodTrekking Awards serve to recognize establishments across the world that provide authentic experiences that bring out the best of their region.
The 2017 FoodTrekking Awards will be accepting applications in the coming months. Those interested in applying can find out more on the contest page.
Best Foodservice Experience
Grand Prize: Restaurant Aanaar at the Hotel Kultahovi, Inari, Finland
Runner Up: La Cuina del Vent, Catalonia, Spain
Best Tour Operations
Grand Prize: Turkish Flavours, Istanbul, Turkey
Runner Up: Odyssey New Zealand, Napier New Zealand
Runner Up: Italian Food Artisans, Santa Barbara, California, USA
Best Beer Experience
Grand Prize: BlackLab Brewhouse & Kitchen, Barcelona, Spain
Runner Up: Brouwerij De Koninck, Antwerp, Belgium
Best Wine Experience
Grand Prize: Miguel Torres S.A., Barcelona, Spain
Runner Up: Netofa Winery, Netofa, Israel
Best Destination Experience
Grand Prize: Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Kentucky, USA
Runner Up: Visit Helsinki, Finland
Runner Up: Tourism Nova Scotia, Canada
A note on interpreting the winners:
The World Food travel Association [WFTA] is a non-profit and non-governmental organization dedicated to food and drink tourism. For more information on the WFTA, visit them online.
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