From Press Release received February 27, 2015:
New Food Blog Writing Award
For the first time, excellence in food blog writing to be honoured by Taste Canada–The Food Writing Awards
Toronto, February 24, 2015--Taste Canada–The Food Writing Awards (tastecanada.org), presenting the highest honour for food writing in the country, has announced a new award category celebrating the very best in writing for a food blog.
In partnership with Food Bloggers of Canada, which represents over 1,700 Canadian food bloggers from coast to coast, the new award, 2015 Food Blog Category: Best Post will honour the best independent food-related blog post written by a Canadian writer (or writers) (one in English and one in French). This adds to four existing book award categories: General Cookbooks, Single-Subject Cookbooks, Regional/Cultural Cookbooks, and Culinary Narratives (English and French). Taste Canada also presents an annual Hall of Fame Award, bestowed upon an individual who has made a significant contribution to Canada’s culinary literature.
“Since 1998, Taste Canada has been recognizing and celebrating superior culinary writing and publishing in Canada,” says Donna Dooher, Taste Canada’s National Chair, chef, cookbook author, restaurateur and industry champion. “The new Food Blog Category recognizes that some of Canada’s best food writers are publishing brilliant material that celebrates food in wonderful and unique ways – using an online platform, instead of paper.”
Well-read blogs incorporate additional elements unique to the blogging platform, for example, how best to integrate writing for a digital medium with beautiful photography. The new award, the first of its kind in Canada, whose criteria were carefully constructed by Taste Canada and Food Bloggers of Canada, also acknowledges that food bloggers often wear many hats: writer, editor, publisher, recipe tester, photographer, social media manager, web designer and technical support.
“Canadian food bloggers are multi-talented in and out of the kitchen and they each bring their unique ability to share their stories about food with their readers,” says Ethan Adeland, co-founder and managing director, Food Bloggers of Canada. “Their blogs are written as a labour of love and outcome of Canada’s culinary and cultural diversity.”
Ethan adds, “Over the last few years, book publishers have been tapping into the rich talent pool of many of the best food bloggers and giving them book deals. The online and
printed worlds are overlapping, so the partnership with Taste Canada is an evolution of that.”
The Food Blog Category: Best Post may be general, or it may be focused on specific Canadian topics or regions, and/or target a very specific audience, such as an ethnic group (in terms of race, nationality, or religious heritage) in Canada or around the world. This category may also explore culinary history, politics, or social awareness.
More details on the submission process, eligibility and criteria are available at tastecanada.org. The submission deadline for blog entries is March 20, 2015. The shortlist will be announced in July 2015. 2015 winners will be announced at the Award Ceremony and Gala Reception in Toronto, with additional details to be announced soon.
About Taste Canada–The Food Writing Awards
Taste Canada—The Food Writing Awards is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1998 that recognizes and celebrates superior writing and publishing throughout Canada’s culinary world, both English and French. The Taste Canada Awards are the highest honour for food writing in the country. Presented in Toronto each fall, these awards are a unique cultural, social and gastronomic highlight. Taste Canada also hosts ‘Taste Canada Cooks the Books,’ a competition that invites culinary students from across the country to make a dish from a Canadian cookbook—with the author on stage. Their goal: to impress the panel of judges and create a dish worthy of earning them the title of Canada’s Best New Student Chef.Please visit tastecanada.org for details.
About Food Bloggers of Canada
Food Bloggers of Canada (FBC) represents over 1,700 Canadian food bloggers from coast to coast to coast. FBC works to promote and showcase the incredible work by Canadian food bloggers in their own respective space while also providing resources to improve their blogs and social media influence. FBC also organizes and hosts Canada’s only National Food Blogger conference. FBC2015 will be in Montreal at Le Westin from Oct. 23-25, 2015.
Saskia Brussaard, Crave Public Relations