Food & Beverage Tourism Awards


The 2016 FoodTrekking Awards is the world’s first global competition for recognition of excellence in food and beverage experiences for travelers.

One hundred percent of visitors to a destination must eat and drink. They can return home with memories of a chain hamburger and coffee, or they can return with memories of fantastic local food and drink experiences. They just need help identifying and even recognizing those experiences.


Best food or beverage destination
Best winery experience
Best beer experience
Best food or beverage tour operator
Best foodservice experience for travelers


Reviewing the applications is an international panel of expert judges:
Steven Shomler, Journalist, Author, Radio Host (Portland, Oregon, USA)
Gabriela Ibarra, destination marketer formerly with Visit Mexico (Guadalajara, Mexico)
Livio Colapinto, Owner, Zest Food Tours (Italy)
Benjamin Brown, Journalist and cruise industry expert (Las Vegas/Los Angeles, USA)
Stephan Berrouet Durand, Chef, founder of Haitian Culinary Alliance, author (Haiti/New York City)

Food & Beverage Tourism Awards


There will be one grand prize, a second, and third prize for each category (15 winners total this year). In addition to a physical prize, winners will receive global recognition for an entire year, and will be announced in the World Food Travel Association’s newsletter (24,000 readers), its Founder’s Blog, and on social media groups (13,000 followers), as well as in a dedicated press release to our curated in-house media list.


The competition is open to eligible businesses, destinations and organizations from now until March 1, 2016. Winners are expected to be announced on April 1. For more information or to apply*, please visit

Food & Beverage Tourism Awards

World Food Travel Association
4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd Suite 440
Portland, Oregon 97214, USA

*There is an application fee to enter your business in the competition.

April 13, 2016 – UPDATE

The World Food Travel Association (WFTA) announced the winners of its 2016 FoodTrekking Awards for excellence in food and beverage tourism today. Here are the judges picks:

CONGRATULATIONS to all the Winners!

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