For Excellence & Innovation in

Food and Beverage Travel Experiences

Winners Announced November 3 | London

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Hear From

Past Winners


"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, Jamaica Culinary Tours
2018 Award Winner 

Most Authentic Food or Beverage

Tour Operator Experience

“Our hands-on cooking classes are specially designed to bring participants on an immersive cultural journey through our food history and heritage. This international accolade is a wonderful recognition.

Thank you!”
Daniel Tan, Owner, Food Playground,

2018 Award Winner
Best Use of Food/Beverage for

Cross-Cultural Understanding

“Thank you for this opportunity to shine and put Las Vegas in the spotlight as this year's Best Food Tour!”
Donald Contursi, Owner,

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours 

2018 Award Winner 

Best Food/Beverage Land Tour

About

The food travel trade industry was born in 2001. Since then, our industry has experienced a tremendous growth in quality products and experiences for food and beverage lovers. But what good are successful accomplishments without the recognition to share with both our industry as well as consumers?


In 2015, our Association recognized the need for an Awards program for our food / culinary / gastronomy tourism industry. Now in their fifth year, the Awards benchmark and celebrate excellence and innovation in experiences offered to food and beverage lovers who travel.

 

The FoodTrekking Awards ceremony takes place at the end of the FoodTreX London | Food Travel Innovation Summit, the day before the start of World Travel Market (WTM). All winners receive complimentary admission to both the ceremony and the full Summit.

FoodTrekking Awards for Food Travel Experiences

 The FoodTrekking Awards celebrate excellence and innovation in experiences for food- and beverage-loving travelers.

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World's First Food & Beverage Travel Trade Awards

Once again, we lead with another industry first. The FoodTrekking Awards are now in their fifth year.

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So far we have recognized 54 winners from 23 countries, for their excellence and innovation. These are true leading companies that demonstrate best practices in the food & beverage tourism industry.

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Not just another awards program. The categories you'll find in the FoodTrekking Awards have been carefully designed to respond to current consumer food travel trends.



Our industry needs successful and innovative role models to emulate, which is why it is essential to recognize excellence and achievement in food and beverage tourism.
- Erik Wolf, Executive Director, World Food Travel Association


What Our Winners Get


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Recognition of Excellence

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Awards

Ceremony

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FoodTreX

London Entry

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Global

Promotion

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Display

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FoodTrekking Awards Categories


Best Food or Beverage Destination

Who Can Enter?

Destination Marketing Organizations

Judging Criteria:

This category is for food or beverage-focused destinations that lead with best practices. Have you recently implemented a food or beverage tourism strategy that is achieving great results? Is the internet starting to notice your unique and diverse food and beverage experiences? Applicants need to provide evidence of why your destination leads with best practices in food and beverage tourism. 

Best Food or Beverage Tour Experience

Who Can Enter?

Any type of tour company

Judging Criteria:

Are you a tour operator that goes above and beyond to give your guests a unique and memorable food or beverage tour experience? Do your guests give raving reviews after participating in one of your tours?  This category is for food- and beverage-tour guides, operators and travel agencies who are leading with best practices. Applicants must provide evidence of why you are the best at what you do and how to stand out from other tours.

Best Food or Beverage Lodging Experience

Who Can Enter?

Any type of lodging or hospitality business

Judging Criteria:

Food or beverage experiences often start and finish at a hotel, B&B or wherever the visitor chooses to lodge. Lodging and accommodations are now making a name for themselves in the food travel industry by highlighting their food and beverage offering as a food-lover's attraction itself, making food or beverage the 'star' of the experience. This category is for food- and beverage-focused lodging experiences that lead with best practices.

Best Creative Use of Space for a Food Lover Attraction

Who Can Enter?

Any type of business or destination

Judging Criteria:

Food and beverage experiences are not always delivered in expected locations like a restaurant. You might offer cooking classes on a boat or other peculiar place, a food tour through unknown areas of town, dining in a cave, or even transforming a historic venue into a food-related experience. Show us how you transformed a space into a unique experience for food/ beverage lovers.

Most Innovative Use of Local Ingredients in a Foodservice Menu

Who Can Enter?

Any type of foodservice business

Judging Criteria:

The use and promotion of local ingredients is growing exponentially. A major reason people travel is to experience food and drink products and ingredients from the area they visit. More than just including local products on your menu, how do you feature them? What do you do that is different from other businesses that just use local ingredients? You might use menu messaging, spotlight local producers or other ways of storytelling. Show us how your menu is special. Foodservice includes all restaurants, cafes, bars, food trucks, caterers, etc.

Best Local Storytelling in a Food or Beverage Experience

Who Can Enter?

Any type of business or destination

Judging Criteria:

Food lovers are explorers, and when we find a great food or beverage experience, we want to hear the story, usually from the producer or manufacturer directly. Applicants need to provide evidence of how you tell the story of your product or business, and also of how you measure successful adoption of your story by the press or consumers.  

MEET OUR PAST WINNERS

2016 Best Beer Experience
2016 Best Beer Experience
2016 Best Food Tour Operations
2016 Best Food Tour Operations
2016 Best Food/Beverage Destination Experience
2016 Best Food/Beverage Destination Experience
2016 Best Foodservice Experience For Visitors
2016 Best Foodservice Experience For Visitors
2017 Best Food/Beverage Event Experience
2017 Best Food/Beverage Event Experience
2017 Best Food/Beverage Destination Experience
2017 Best Food/Beverage Destination Experience
2017 Best Farm Experience
2017 Best Farm Experience
2017 Best Food Travel Journalist
2017 Best Food Travel Journalist
2017 Best Food Tour Operations
2017 Best Food Tour Operations
2017 Best Beer Experience
2017 Best Beer Experience
2018, 2017, 2016 Best Wine Experience
2018, 2017, 2016 Best Wine Experience
2018 Best Food Travel Technology
2018 Best Food Travel Technology
2018 Best Food/Beverage Event
2018 Best Food/Beverage Event
2018 Best Foodservice Experience For Visitors
2018 Best Foodservice Experience For Visitors
2018 Best Foodie Lodging Experience
2018 Best Foodie Lodging Experience
2018 Best Food/Beverage Retail Experience
2018 Best Food/Beverage Retail Experience
2018 Best Food/Beverage Destination Experience
2018 Best Food/Beverage Destination Experience
2018 Best Market Experience
2018 Best Market Experience
2018 Best Cooking Class
2018 Best Cooking Class
2018 Best Food Travel Journalist
2018 Best Food Travel Journalist
2018, 2017 Best Food Travel Blogger
2018, 2017 Best Food Travel Blogger
2018, 2017 Best Beverage Tour on Water
2018, 2017 Best Beverage Tour on Water
2018 Best Food Tour
2018 Best Food Tour
2018 Best Beer Experience
2018 Best Beer Experience
2018 Most Authentic Food or Beverage Tour Operator Experience
2018 Most Authentic Food or Beverage Tour Operator Experience
2018 Best Conversion of Historic Building as a Food Lover Attraction
2018 Best Conversion of Historic Building as a Food Lover Attraction
2018 Best Local Storytelling in a Food or Beverage Experience
2018 Best Local Storytelling in a Food or Beverage Experience
2018 Best Use of Food/Beverage for Cross-Cultural Understanding
2018 Best Use of Food/Beverage for Cross-Cultural Understanding

APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED

*2020 FoodTrekking Awards Applications will open on March 1, 2020

2020 APPLICATION FEE
ALL CATEGORIES


US$195


WHAT WINNERS GET

  • Global recognition of your innovation and excellence on our website (see above), across all social media and in our online community - let consumers know you are the best at what you do!
  • Beautiful winner's trophy for display in your place of business
  • Annual winner logo for your website
  • Complimentary registration for FoodTreX London (up to £400 value)
  •  Public acknowledgement and photo opportunities during Awards Ceremony at the end of FoodTreX London
  • Semi-finalists names (and URLs) are published two months before finalists are announced (two months additional online visibility for semi-finalists )

AWARDS CEREMONY


SUNDAY NOVEMBER 3, 2019

16:00 PM

Attend the FoodTreX London | Food Travel Innovation Summit and stay on to join us for the Awards Ceremony.


Amba Hotel Grand Ballroom

The Strand, Charing Cross

London, United Kingdom