Food Bloggers of Canada and the Okanagan Food and Wine Writers' Workshop teamed up this year to create a food writing contest. It's been fun to read about some of the great Canadian tastemakers and discover writers who bring these stories to life on their blogs.
It's a win-win-win, as writing talent is celebrated, food stories are told, and a large amount of excitement over the possibility of winning airfare from a major Canadian airport to and from Kelowna, workshop registration fees and accommodations is generated.
Today, we are thrilled to announce the shortlist and unveil the short-listed bloggers' names and their fantastic food blogs. The winner will be announced on May 1, 2015.
First, FBC and Okanagan Food & Wine Writers' Workshop need to thank the jury of food media professionals who contributed generously of their time, expertise and talent. They all have busy schedules, and yet this contest could not have taken place without the participation of these lovely individuals. They are:
- Anita Stewart, author and co-author of 14 books on food and wine, a University of Guelph Food Laureate, and founder of Food Day Canada;
- Dianne Jacob, author of cookbooks and the essential reading for food writers Will Write for Food (new edition coming summer 2015), editor and food writing coach;
- Robert McCullough, publisher, Appetite by Random House and vice-president at Penguin Random House of Canada;
- Melissa Hartfiel, freelance designer, photographer and writer, and co-founder and managing director of editorial of Food Bloggers of Canada.
We thank Tourism Kelowna for its significant contribution as our contest sponsor and workshop supporter.
Thanks also to the support by the BC Wine Institute.
Thanks to all writers who submitted their work to this contest. Prior to distributing the entries to the jury, Ethan Adeland of Food Bloggers of Canada removed author names and URLs to anonymize the submissions. The jury only now sees the short list with writers' names attached.
The five short-listed entries are below in alphabetical order. We have attached the blogger names and their URLs to the short list.
A Visit to Sober Island Oysters by Lia Rinaldo
Brewing New Life into an Old Pear by Tiffany Mayer
Getting to Know: Chef Rob Bragagnolo by Annie Chu
On Returning Home by Aimée Wimbush
Searching for Saskatoons by Renée Kohlman
(DISCLAIMER: This blog post was written up in the wee hours of the day from Reykjavik, Iceland. I'm returning home from an extraordinary professional development experience at the Iceland Writers Retreat. Typos are due to jet lag, extreme weather, a brain overflowing with rich experiences, lots of learning, meeting some of my writing heros, and dealing with a language with 14 vowel sounds in it. Please excuse any typos and awkward grammar.)