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Bristol shortlisted for Best Food Destination award

25th September 2019

Categories: Press Releases

The World Food Travel Association has this week announced the semi-finalists in their 2019 Food Trekking Awards and Bristol is the sole UK representative in the shortlist.

Now in its fifth year, The Food Trekking Awards are the world’s first food and beverage travel trade awards, celebrating excellence and innovation in experiences for food tourism.

The full list of 29 semi-finalists were chosen across six award categories: Best Food or Beverage Destination; Best Food or Beverage Lodging Experience; Best Food or Beverage Tour Experience; Best Creative Use of Space for a Food Lover Attraction; Most Innovative Use of Local Ingredients in a Foodservice Menu and Best Local Storytelling in a Food or Beverage Experience.

Destination Bristol has been shortlisted in the Best Food or Beverage Destination of the Year award in acknowledgement of the work undertaken by the team and businesses within the city.  Over the last two years, Destination Bristol has been developing specific programmes around food and beverage tourism, thanks to funding received from the UK Government’s £40 million Discover England Fund administered by Visit England.

Erik Wolf, Executive Director of World Food Travel Association says: ‘The judges for the World Food Travel Association's 2019 Food Trekking Awards were impressed by Bristol's application for the Best Culinary Destination category. Bristol is an oasis of culinary excellence in Southwest England. We wish the area best of luck in the judges' final reviews in the coming weeks.’

The winners will be announced on November 3 in London at the FoodTreX London Food Travel Innovation Summit, where Justin Hawke from Bristol brewery Moor Beer Company will be one of the speakers.

Head of Tourism at Destination Bristol Kathryn Davis says: ‘We are thrilled that Bristol has made the shortlist for this prestigious international award.  It has been an incredible two years of developing a food tourism strategy and working with businesses to support their development in enabling them to reach the vast B2B travel trade market. This covers producers, restaurants, cafes, breweries, tours and experiences and the sense of collaboration that exists.’

News of Bristol’s place on the shortlist comes after a ground-breaking year in the food and drink sector for the city. In January, Bristol was dubbed the Vegan Capital of the World, by foodie website Chef’s Pencil, who analysed Google search data to compile a list of worldwide places interested in veganism. ‘Move over Berlin and London…,’ says Chef’s Pencil. ‘Bristol is the new European and world-wide vegan capital.’

More recently, two Bristol restaurants were named in the Top 50 Restaurants, by Waitrose Good Food Guide 2020 as Casamia retained its place in ninth position, and Wilks made the list at number 42. Both restaurants have Michelin stars along with three others in the city: Pony and Trap, Paco Tapas and Bulrush. With five Michelin star restaurants in total, Bristol is now the UK city with the most stars outside of London.

The city has also hosted many successful food and drink festivals this year including British Dal Festival, Foodies Festival, Bristol Food Connections, the year-round Love Food Festival and most recently, The Coffee House Project which took place 7-8 September.

Full list of semi-finalists for 2019 Food Trekking awards:

The Peranakan Restaurant (Singapore)
Time Out Market Lisboa (Portugal)
Heirloom Fire (USA)
javara indonesia (Indonesia)
Jamaica Food and Drink Festival (Jamaica)
Destination Bristol (UK)
Sudamala Suites & Villas Senggigi (Indonesia)
Discover San Sebastian (Spain)
Portuguese Table (Portugal)
African Relish Recreational Cooking School (South Africa)
Oldways (USA)
Zingerman’s Food Tours (USA)
Good Indonesian Food (Indonesia)
Maine Food for Thought (USA)
Pipiltin Cocoa (Indonesia)
Local Aromas (Italy)
The Cadushy Distillery (Bonaire)
The Original Taste Of Hoi An (Vietnam)
Food Market Gypsy (USA)
Food Playground (Singapore)
NUSA Indonesian Gastronomy (Indonesia)
Esperienza (Italy)
Bike Food Stories (Italy)
Maiami Seafood Restaurant (Greece)
LEBONPICNIC Made in France (France)
Georgia National Tourism Administration (Georgia)
PT. Berkah Ukhuwah Bertiga (Indonesia)
Discover Boyne Valley Flavours (Ireland)
Visit St. Pete/Clearwater (USA)

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