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IFWTWA Conference 2019 ~ Santa Fe, New Mexico ~ Open to Members & Guests!

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November 11-14, 2019

We are so excited to announce the 2019 IFWTWA Annual Conference being held at La Fonda Hotel on the Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Open to All ~ Members & Guests.

Santa Fe Botanical Garden

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Congratulations! 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 a leadership/supervisory role with the new incoming students, and she has been involved with every culinary event in which the college has engaged, both on and off campus. Chef Christopher Plemmons, Darelle’s advisor at Olympic College, has endorsed her for the HES Award.

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." Hilarie Larson CSW FWS

 Tasting Wine at Roger Sabon

Hilarie Larson is a Certified Specialist of Wine, French Wine Scholar and Wine Educator who loves to share her travel adventures. Fusing a region's heritage with its people, places and local flavors (especially the wines), Hilarie has a penchant for capturing the essence of a destination. Listen in to Hilarie's radio chat about this special region then sample the recommendations in her article, "The Magic of Chateauneuf-du-Pape" published in Big Blend's Radio & TV Magazine

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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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