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Writers Conference & Workshop Registration Now Open

Three-day development conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico offered by IFWTWA for experienced and novice food, wine and travel writers. Substantial savings on registration fees are available now for a short time. 

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The International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association is pleased to announce Early Bird Registration is now open for its annual travel writer development conference. Substantial savings are available on registration fees for both members, guests and non-members through the month of June. Savings up to $100 is available. 

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Vermont's Tastemakers are Making Waves ~ IFWTWA reports on upcoming food and beverage trends

Vermont is best known for maple syrup, skiing, fall foliage, and Ben & Jerry’s. But, in the past decade agriculture and food as well as the craft beer movement have positioned Vermont as best in class for foodies and beer connoisseurs, with travelers from across the globe coming to Vermont to taste our award-winning double IPAs, cheeses, ice cream, and, well… just about everything is great in Vermont!  #ExploreVTFood

Vermont Cheese Plank sampling with fresh raspberries, basil and edible flowers

IFWTWA member journalists explored the largest city (Burlington) and smallest city (Vergennes), the largest lake - Lake Champlain, and the mountains (Stowe, Vermont’s Highest peak)! We met with some of the regions tastemakers who are making waves nationally, and learned about up-and-coming food and beverage trends. Enjoy our members' stories of Vermont >>  

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Mother’s Day Wine Pick: Wente Chardonnay ~ by Linda Kissam

This year, pour Mom what she really wants for Mother’s Day—a knockout Chardonnay from a winemaking family who knows their way around tasteful California wines. Honestly, I haven’t found many Chardonnays that I could rave about. That has all changed… and just in time for Mother’s Day!

Wente Winery Chardonnay wine bottle, wine glass & violet plant on wooden table

On a press trip hosted by Visit Tri-Valley and the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association, I was introduced to Wente Vineyards Riva Ranch Vineyard 2017 Chardonnay (about $20) at the Wente Winery. The wine is a WOW. The winery is gorgeous. Lucky are the moms who find this wine on their patio or dining room table.

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Exec Chef Chat… on Oceania Cruise Line’s Impressive Marina Ship ~ by Deirdre Michalski

Have you been on a cruise and ever wonder how all of that fine cuisine and afternoon teas are orchestrated? Join Deirdre on just that exploration with an Executive Chef aboard Oceania’s Marina Ship. She will give you a peek behind the kitchen door, and how Chef Alban’s love of cooking was born. She also explores all the 10+ dining venues, specialty restaurants, wine dinner programming and more! 

Grinning waiters giving thumbs up behind a luscious blue martini

The complete article which includes a recipe for Watermelon & Duck Confit Salad from the Red Ginger Restaurant, and a stroll through the many dining experiences aboard Oceania's Marina Ship, first appeared on Tastes & Travel, April 21, 2019. A portion of the article is reprinted here with the author's permission. All rights reserved. 

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Visit Greece! Individual Tailor-made Press Trips Just for Members

Nowhere in Greece offers the exotic story lines like Halkidiki. The region is the perfect combination of distinctive Greek culture, unspoiled landscapes, dazzling colors and mysterious fragrances.

Beautiful rustic rocky beach with crystal clear aqua ocean and cypress tree in Greece

Come experience the glorious natural setting, the famous culinary fare of the region, and the living traditions of its people. This is a place where all your senses will come to life and boundless stories can be told. Think chic, cosmopolitan beaches, secluded bays, and out-of-the-way coves. Just the tantalizing scent of the pine trees and the salt brine of the sea bring relaxation to the body and spirit, leaving you to develop stories your readers will never forget.

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8 Ways to Save Money on Your Summer Holiday ~ by Andrew Schrage, Money Chasers Editor in Chief

Rest and relaxation aren’t the only things you get from vacation. If you aren’t careful, you could end up with a lot of debt. A recent survey by Learn Vest of vacation-going Americans found 74% went into debt to bankroll their getaway, spending $1,108 on average for a single trip. Of those surveyed, most spent about 10% of their annual income on one trip, and most of them did not budget for the trip in advance.

Saving money in jar for travel vacation with passport & camera

The good news is that vacations don’t have to be such an enormous expense. There are ways to rein in spending and still have the vacation of your dreams. Check out the following eight ways to do so:

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Discover Juneau Eagle Farts! Feed Your Mind & Bellies in Alaska

Attention: Tourism and PR industry professionals. You Need Market Visibility. We Can Help You Get It. IFWTWA will connect you with top journalists to promote your region. If you run a professional tourism agency, hotel, public relations firm, theme park, convention and visitor’s bureau, destination management organization, tourist board or other entity with a big footprint in your area, you know your venue: your city, your region, your country. But how do you get the word out to potential guests and visitors? Consider an Associate membership with IFWTWA and engage directly with our experienced writers, bloggers and content creators. "We Don't Just Talk: We Do"


Big Blend Magazine page spread Juneau Alaska & IFWTWA

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Meet Marie-Annick Courtier, a book author, culinary coach & IFWTWA member

Marie-Annick Courtier is a native of Paris, France, a Wellness and Culinary coach, an author and Sommelier. A member of IFWTWA since 2016, Marie shares with us her inspiration for writing books, and her passion for healthy eating and coaching others. She has authored an impressive number of books, 13 to be exact. We are so pleased to have her share her insights with us and hope you enjoy getting to know Marie as much as we have. Image: Marie (center) surrounded by IFWTWA friends,

Marie-Annick Courtier, healthy eating and lifestyle coach

In Marie's words... Concerned with the sufferance I witnessed in this country due to unhealthy eating habits, in early 2000, I decided to start a business that would promote scientifically sound nutrition and healthy lifestyle. It was a niche for sure and little did I know, how quickly my business would take off. Many of my clients had allergies, serious health issues, or simply wanted to be healthy. After a couple of years of positively changing lives, many of my clients urged me to share my knowledge and recipes.

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IFWTWA Absorbs Cajun and Louisiana Creole Culture

Imagine a five-day immersion trip into the heart of Louisiana. A group of eight IFWTWA journalists toured the best Lafayette has to offer. The Southern spirit was ever present as they were absorbed into the Cajun and Louisiana Creole culture. 

Captain Tucker petting an alligator

From swamp boat tours to rum tasting, zydeco breakfasts, regional dinners, and a cooking class at the famous Tabasco Factory, IFWTWA participants had an impressive hands-on experience they can’t wait to share with their readers -- read our member's stories here

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Santa Fe Conference for Travel Writers & Content Creators ~ SAVE the Date!

We are so excited to announce the 2019 IFWTWA Annual Conference will be held November 11-13, 2019 at La Fonda Hotel on the PlazaTM in the exciting and culturally rich city of Santa Fe, New Mexico. IFWTWA Conferences are open to both members, their guests and any interested parties wishing to explore becoming a travel writer or experienced writers looking for networking and educational opportunities. The Conference focuses on professional development, industry connections, exhibitors and sponsor brand exposure.

Santa Fe Botanical Garden

IFWTWA holds an “all hands” conference every 12-18 months in either North America or an International location. These events often include press trips, professional training, food and wine tastings, culinary events and attraction tours all rolled into one great event at the destination and the surrounding areas of our conference. 

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Darelle Rancap receives IFWTWA's 2018 Hospitality Education Scholarship Award

IFWTWA is proud to give back to the food, wine and travel industries by selecting promising students preparing for employment in the tourism and hospitality industries to receive our Hospitality Education Scholarship (HES) Award. We are pleased to award the 2018 scholarship to Darelle Rancap, a student in the Olympic College Culinary Arts Program in Bremerton, Washington, USA.

Darelle RancapDarelle Rancap consistently maintains high academic performance and has a passion for learning and succeeding in the culinary arts. She has taken on leadership and supervisory roles with new incoming students, and she has been involved with every culinary event in which the college has engaged, both on and off campus. 

Darelle excels at plating and artistic presentation of her food. She plans to complete her education in the culinary arts and continually progress in the workforce with the goal of becoming an executive chef. 

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The Magic of Chateauneuf-du-Pape

"The wine world has its share of eponymous regions; so famous, that just the mere murmur of their name evokes a sense of wonder.  Chateauneuf-du-Pape is one of those regions. The rich, bold and sensuous red wines that are created from this parcel of land in the south of France have been renowned for hundreds of years. For those of us who love wine Chateauneuf-du-Pape is practically a place of pilgrimage.

 

It doesn’t matter from which direction you approach the village. Whether it’s from the rocky plateaus to the north and the city of Orange, from the east and the medieval town of Courthezon, or from the flowing Rhone River to the west – the omnipresent ruins of the famed chateau acts as a beacon to the wine-lover.

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Tour the Kentucky Bourbon Trail with Mint Julep Tours

"For whiskey enthusiasts, a visit to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail is a premier trip to make. For bourbon fans, it’s Mecca. Ninety-five percent of the world’s bourbon is made in Kentucky where the limestone encrusted spring-fed waters contribute to the flavors of these delicious whiskeys."  Nancy Zaffaro

Lux Row Distillers Rick House photo by Nancy Zaffaro

Nancy ZaffaroConfetti Travel Cafe is a long-time bourbon fan. This was not her first visit to the region, but on this trip, she was traveling solo, arrived in Louisville during very heavy rains and had only one day to spare. Taking one of Mint Julep Tours’ all-day Bourbon tours was the way to go. Find out more: Tour the Kentucky Bourbon Trail with Mint Julep Tours 

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Congratulations Kristin Henning! IFWTWA's 2018 Excellence in Journalism Winner

IFWTWA Excellence in Journalism logoEvery year, IFWTWA members enter their best work for the Excellence in Journalism Award competition. Many entries prove our IFWTWA members have what it takes to excel in the food, wine and travel writing fields but only one entry rises to the top.

Kristin HenningPlease join us in congratulating Kristin Henning, winner of the 2018 Excellence in Journalism Award for her story Finding Your Rhythm on the Camino de Santiago published at Travel Past 50.

“Finding Your Rhythm on the Camino de Santiago” virtually puts the reader on the road with Kristin. The story is not only rich in its descriptions of the experience but also explores the question of what might motivate one to take on the popular pilgrimage. The story goes beyond mere place to plumb the depths of what makes walking the Camino a transformative experience.

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Exploring Doha, Qatar with Travel Writer, Beth Graham

"If the Middle East is on your bucket list, Qatar is a country you won’t want to miss. Aside from being one of the wealthiest economies and the country with the highest per capita income in the world, you’ll find this destination teeming with culture, uber-luxurious hotels and some pretty amazing food."  Beth Graham

Souq Waqif Doha Qatar Photo by Beth Graham

Beth Graham is featured on BlendRadioandTV.com, in the weekly Big Blend e-Newsletter, and her article appears in the February-April issue of Big Blend Radio & TV MagazineBeth shares travel tips and chats about travel to the Middle East with Big Blend's hosts Lisa & Nancy. Listen in at your leisure:

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DIGIPROVE Creating Trust in Digital Content

The International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association is proud to announce DIGIPROVE as an official sponsor. Online theft of photos and stories is a constant threat to writers and artists. Internet scammers threaten and try to extort users into paying fees for alleged copyright violations. Digiprove protects the theft of stories and photos published by our journalists on our flagship publication, Food Wine and Travel Magazine.

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IFWTWA is very much aware of this threat and takes the lead among industry Associations with a unique proactive approach to protect the work of our members. Thanks to our exclusive arrangement with Digiprove, all member stories on Food Wine and Travel Magazine are signed with one-time irrefutable cryptographic signatures conferring copyright protections on member stories and photos. The proof is stored on Digiprove's servers as third-party authentication.

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