Whidbey Island, Washington, USA
May 2018

Whidbey Island Marina at Sunset Washington

Whidbey Island Marina at Sunset, Washington
Photo © Linda Stewart

The Whidbey Island community warmly greeted the attendees of the 2018 IFWTWA Professional Development Conference, which took place May 6 to 9. At the Camp Casey Conference Center, a former historic army post, members enjoyed informative presentations and workshops, and a Tourism Marketplace. Delicious food and drink were in abundance and showcased the Whidbey’s Island cornucopia from land and sea. Participants enjoyed the scenery of the island and had an opportunity to visit merchant shops on a grand tour of the island, which included a “Key to the City” of Langley.

2018 Conference Booklet

IFWTWA extends its sincere appreciation to the following people, organizations, and businesses for supporting our Conference:

Leader at Podium

Conference Chair
Allen Cox

Conference Committee:
Linda Kissam
Mary Lansing-Farah
Sue Montgomery
Todd Montgomery
Janice Nieder
Sherrye Wyatt
Nancy Zaffaro

Our Host: 
Sherrye Wyatt
Whidbey and Camano Islands Tourism

Woman pointing to map

 Keynote Speaker: 
Erin James, Author/Editor
SIP NW Magazine & Cidercraft Magazine

Woman Keynote speaker at podium

2018 Conference Culinary Panel 
Moderator: Andrew Harris

Man standing at podium

2018 Culinary Panel

Georgie Smith, Willowood Farm
Vincent Nattress, Orchard Kitchen
Tyler Hansen, The Oystercatcher
Jessica Hart, 3 Sisters Farm & 3 Sisters Market

Four person panel with moderator

Workshop Presenters:
Barbara Marrett and Shannon Borg

Edward Quan

Man presenting at workshop 

Tourism Marketplace

Lisa Bernhardt, Pacific Northwest Art School
Will Shellenberger, PBY Naval Air Museum
Krista Loercher, Whidbey Island Kayaking
Bev Heising, Whidbey Island Distillery
Crystie Kissler, Finnriver Farm & Cidery
Steve Luke, Cloudburst Brewing
Jeff Lindsay-Thorsen, W.T. Vintners & Raconteur Wine Company

Oak Harbor Yacht Club
Camp Casey Conference Center, Robyn Myers
Seattle Pacific University
Coachman Inn & Suites, Oak Harbor
Whidbey-SeaTac Shuttle & Charter
ShoNuff Foods, Fred and Barbara Bennett
Roaming Radish
Comforts of Whidbey
Dancing Fish Vineyard
Holmes Harbor Cellars
Penn Cove Shellfish Warehouse
Deception Pass Tours Jet Boat
Tillamook Coast
Visit Kitsap Peninsula
San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau
Visit Anacortes
Anacortes Chamber of Commerce
Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor AND Convention Bureau
Experience Olympia and Beyond

Happy Woman with Prizes

Vickie Ashford

Visit Tri-Cities
Olympic Peninsula Tourism Commission
Travel Tacoma & Pierce County
Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism
Long Beach Peninsula Visitor’s Bureau
Visit Lewis Clark Valley
Port of Seattle
City of Oak Harbor
Port of South Whidbey
Visit Seattle

Writers in Attendance:

Linda Kissam
Allan Kissam
Nancy Mueller
Lori A May
Lara Dunning
Kris Grant
Dennis Littley
Linda Stewart
Andrew Harris
Jacqui Gibson
Sue Frause
Tamara Muldoon
Carrie Uffindell
Nancy Zaffaro
Edward Quan
Suzanne Bair
Tom Talleur

Susan Montgomery
Heather Larson
Mary Kay Seales
Todd Montgomery
Debbra Dunning-Brouillette
Janice Nieder
Mary Lancing-Farah
Christine Salins
Lorena Lopez
Priscilla Willis
Tamara Belgard
Lisa Ross
Edward Young
Michelle Williamson
Valerie Rogers


IFWTWA Media Trip participants utilize Twitter, Instagram, Insta Stories, Facebook, Facebook Live and Facebook Stories in addition to social media promotion by IFWTWA and its pages.


Why You Should Become A Coffee Snoot – Part I
Why You Should Become A Coffee Snoot – Part II
Why You Should Become A Coffee Snoot – Part III

Whidbey Island's Leading Chef, Farmer, and Teacher, Vincent Nattress, Listens To His Food!
Fabulous Farm food is Just a Ferry Ride Away: San Juan Island
Best tripping, sipping and savoring around the San Juan Islands Pt. 1: Whidbey Island
Best tripping, sipping and savoring around the San Juan Islands Pt. 2: Orcas Island

Luxury and Comfort at The Inn at Langley on Whidbey Island
Key Points From The IFWTWA Conference on Whidbey
Orchard Kitchen Captures A Moment In Time And Place

A Perfect Weekend Getaway on Washington's Whidbey Island
When Cookery Meets Crockery: A Chef and Potter Collaborate
Trending: The Cider Revival

Penn Cove Mussels For a Perfect Moules Marinière
How One Incredible Whidbey Island Restaurant Blends Local Cuisine & Art
Weekend Getaway to Whidbey Island


Awesome Adventures in Anacortes, Washington
The Oystercatcher with Chef/Proprietor Tyler Hansen (AM Radio Interview)
Roaming Radish's R2 Gastropub with Chef Proprietors Jess & JP Dowdell (AM Radio Interview)
Orchard Kitchen with Chef/Proprietor Vincent Nattress (AM Radio Interview)

Outlets added as they become available

Post Trip Clip Submission

Credit to ©Todd Montgomery 2018 for photos on this page >
Todd Montgomery, Ph.D. Journalist, Pictorials, Street Photography,
Digital Photography, Documentary Research
, Editor, Business & Social Connector
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