Six Reasons Why I am Going to the Annual Conference (and you should consider coming, too…)

We asked for more workshops. IFWTWA gave us more than any conference in recent years. Here are 6 reasons for going to the 2019 International Food Wine & Travel Writers Conference and the first is: 

Hotel conference room with guests seated for workshop presentation

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Relaxed Wine Country Experience in California? Yes! Visit Livermore and the Tri-Valley

The Tri-Valley is home to nearly 60 wineries, a craft beer trail with 23 stops, the first ice cream trail, California’s largest premium outlet shopping center, a world-class mall, one-of-a-kind boutique shops, hiking and incredible restaurants. From beer & wine tastings, to Dim Sum brunch, regional lunch and dinners, and a tour of the Blackhawk Museum, our media trip participants came away with an inspiring, hands-on experience and stories to share with readers.

Wente Vineyards in Livermore, CA

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Who or what is IFWTWA?

IFWTWA is the acronym for the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers AssnTM. Our members make up a global network of storytelling content creators: writers, bloggers, travel journalists, photojournalists, podcasters, videographers, radio and television hosts, who report on the travel and hospitality industry. 


2017 IFWTWA SoCal Annual Meeting

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Culinary Traveler's Dream Come True: Dining at the James Beard House, New York City by M'Liss Hinshaw

When you are a guest in someone’s home, you try to be respectful. When you’re in the distinguished James Beard’s House, you are very respectful. It was nearly 7 p.m. and we were led into a plain brownstone with a simple plaque at the entrance stating it was the James Beard House.

James Beard House entrance

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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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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

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Mother’s Day Wine Pick: Wente Chardonnay

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

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Exec Chef Chat… on Oceania Cruise Line’s Impressive Marina Ship

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

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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

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8 Ways to Save Money on Your Summer Holiday

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 LearnVest 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

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Juneau Eagle Farts? Feed Your Mind & Bellies in Alaska

DMOs, Tourism and PR industry professionals: You Need Market Visibility—We 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 visitors 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?

Magazine Article Spread: Juneau Eagle Farts? Feed Your Mind & Bellies in Alaska

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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

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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

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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

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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 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. Chef Christopher Plemmons, Darelle’s advisor at Olympic College, has endorsed her for the HES Award. Darelle receives an IFWTWA Hospitality Education Scholarship Award Certificate and an award check with funds to assist with her educational expenses. Congratulations, Darelle!

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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. 

 

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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

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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" 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. Kristin’s award includes a $500 cash prize, an award certificate, and promotion via IFWTWA news, social media and website. 

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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 

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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 & Travel Magazine.

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