Swere affected, during an event at Italy Arena of the Ttg of Rimini the prizes of the fifth edition of Travel Kitchen Awards, an award for territories and events that promote quality food and wine tourism. The President of the Gist Sabrina Talarico and the President of the TFA Award Helen White, with the marketing director of Enit Maria Elena Rossi, awarded the prizes to the winners of seven different categories (Italy and World) voted on by a panel of 11 jurors. In addition to Elena Bianco, in fact, colleagues and partners of Gist are part of the jury: Fabio Bottonelli, Marco Epifani, Alessandra Gesuelli, Carmen Guerriero, Riccardo Lagorio, Alberto Lupini, Giambattista Marchetto, Ada Mascheroni, Fabrizio Parisotto (Salce) and Marina Tagliaferri. Particular attention was paid this year to the sustainability of the competing projects, understood not only as good practices in the agri-food sector, but also as positive effects on local populations and the protection of tradition and cultural uniqueness.
Here are the 2022 winners
Category: Best food and wine destination – Italy
Name of the project: Roccaverano school
Promoter: Consortium for the Protection of Di Roccaverano
He received the award: Paula Geninattiresponsible for communication / marketing of the Consortium for the protection of Robiola di Roccaverano cheese
The Consortium and Pro Loco winners, who were able to create a sort of showroom in Roccaverano dedicated to the famous DOP Robiola di Roccaverano cheese. More than a tool for promotion and communication, the School is a meeting and visiting place for enthusiasts, a gastronomic and cultural site and a documentation center which attracts tourists and visitors. Since 2019, the School has been organizing farm visits to see how Robiola is born. Create an opportunity for producers to tell the story and the future of their business. It offers pairings with local wines. The school also houses a permanent photographic exhibition that tells, through the shots of photographer Manuel Cazzola, the world of PDO.
Category: Best food and wine event – Italy
Name of the project: Chestnut Day “Keschtnriggl”
Promoter: Lana and Surroundings Tourist Office
He received the award: Nadia Scioni of the Press Way press office for the Tourist Association of Lana and Surroundings.
The Tourist Association of Lana and Surroundings deserves the prize for this event which, for 25 years, in autumn has brought locals and tourists together. By harmonizing traditional habits and customs with modernity, and by respecting the environment, we celebrate the chestnut, a precious food since the Middle Ages. “Keschtnriggl” is the utensil made of chestnut and willow wood used for centuries to peel roasted chestnuts. During the Days, selected restaurants offer traditional and innovative dishes based on chestnuts, and a rich program of themed appointments and excursions completes the offer. The heart of the event is the Feast of Foiana, with traditional music, farmers’ market, specialties made from chestnuts.
Category: Best Food and Wine Tourism Marketing Campaign – Italy
Name of the project: Tradition and innovation in Aeolian cuisine and wine Chapter One – Salina
Promoter: Salinadocfest and Department of Productive Activities of the Sicily Region
He received the award: Carmelo Frittitta – responsible for the Department of Productive Activities of the Sicily Region.
It wins the prize because Aeolian excellences – capers, wines, oil, preserves – are not simply offered for tasting, but are also told, through art forms. The first island to speak for itself – and which is the subject of the award – is Salina. In an artistic performance, the products, the cuisine and the landscapes will be revealed to the rhythm of the music. A 30-minute documentary, meanwhile, offers a staging of the stories of small producers, everyday heroes who normally do not have access to the spotlight: the tomato siccagno, the delights of Malvasia, the recipes for candied capers , the preserves and granitas are set in the splendid Salina, the greenest of the Aeolian Islands.
Category: Best Wine Tourism Publication – Special Prize
Name of the project: Tables Doc Liguria 2022
Promoter: Multiverse Editions
He received the award: Petra Cucci, CEO and owner of Multiverso Comunicazione
The prize is won by a guide, both on paper and online, which delves into the recesses of the regional agri-food wealth of Liguria, with a common thread: the emphasis on the indigenous enogastronomic heritage. In these pages you will find restaurants that respect seasonality and territoriality in the choice of menu and that offer the best products of Liguria. Complete the indication for each of a “symbol” recipe, associated with an oil and a wine. The restaurants in the Guide also offer a complete “Tavole Doc” menu at a great price: a good idea to bring young people closer to conscious and sustainable haute cuisine.
Category: Best food and wine destination – Abroad
Name of the project: Istria – Best food and wine destination
Promoter: Istria Tourist Office – Croatia
He received the award: Marko Markovic from the Istrian Tourist Board
The prize is won by Istria, which already in the 19th century conquered European nobility and intellectuals thanks to its natural beauty, its Venetian and Austro-Hungarian heritage, its Latin, Slavic and Germanic multiculturalism. At the end of the 1990s, the region’s tourist office undertook impressive tourism development work, the cornerstone of which was the agri-food sector. Wine routes are born, events related to extra virgin olive oil, the tradition of truffle hunting is recovered, the first European certification is obtained thanks to ham. In addition, clever policies put renewable energies, nature reserves and parks, and environmentally friendly urban planning at the center of attention. Finally, many gastronomic events have seasonal the territory of Istria.
Category: Best food and wine event – Abroad
Name of the project: Culinary experience in Anguilla
Promoter: Anguilla Tourism Board – Anguilla Bwi
He received the award: Stefano De Paoli – representative in Italy from Anguilla
The prize is awarded to a festival that saw the participation of chefs from the island of Anguilla and around the world last May. Five days that offered Anguilla’s rich gastronomic tradition, based on fresh local produce, with an international twist. The aim was to confirm the status of the island as the culinary capital of the Caribbean thanks to the high level of its restaurants, both gourmet and traditional.
The effort to support new generations of local chefs is also commendable. The young people were able to work alongside their more experienced colleagues and, thanks to part of the profits from the event, will be able to access training in both cooking and hospitality.
Category: Best wine tourism marketing campaign – Abroad
Name of the project: Dia Mundial de La Tapa
Promoter: Spanish Tourist Office – Turespana
He received the award: Isabelle Garana director of the Spanish Tourist Board – Turespaña
He wins not only for the international scope of the project, but for its ability to describe a way of life and consumption, tapas, in their multiple facets and potentials. Spanish embassies and Spanish restaurants abroad are involved, with events, cooking shows, audiovisuals and social campaigns. All to convey a gastronomic experience that not only introduces tourists to Spanish flavors, but projects them into the daily life of the locals, through the sharing of a moment of sociability, the aperitif hour with tapas. A type of preparation – a mini-recipe – which allows the territory and its tradition to live and which is accessible for easy consumption and low prices, even by the youngest.