Food agenda: Vote for your favorite food blogger
Saveur magazine's second year hosting the online competition but the Best Food Blog Awards has become a coveted award for bloggers. Past winners include David Lebovitz, an American blogger in Paris. Other highlights for this week's food agenda includes the chance for American baristas to show off their espresso-pulling chops and vie for the chance to represent the US at the World Barista Championship.
15th Annual Singapore World Gourmet Summit
April 25 - May 8
The upcoming edition celebrates the event's 15th anniversary of bringing together Michelin-starred chefs and fine cuisine to what's fast becoming a gastronomic hub in Asia. This year's lineup includes well-known Irish TV chef personality Rachel Allen, Korea's first celebrity chef Edward Kwon who owns a European-style bistro in Seoul, and a host of international chefs. The event draws 15,000 visitors from around the world.
Nominations close for Saveur's 2nd annual Best Food Blog Awards
Saveur, an international gourmet food, wine and travel magazine, hosts the second annual Best Food Blogs awards. Nominations close April 26. Categories include best baking and desserts, wine, food photography, regional cuisine, special interest, culinary travel, individual post, innovative video content, and kitchen tools and hardware coverage. Last year's winner for Best Baking and Dessert blog was David Lebovitz, an American blogger in Paris. Cast your vote at www.saveur.com/2011-best-food-blog-awards.jsp
US National Barista Championship
April 27- May 1
Houston, TX, USA
It's where the best baristas in the country show off their coffee-pulling chops. The five-day event will see competitors face off in a series of rounds that include multi-courses of espresso-based beverages to a panel of sensory judges. The winner will represent the US at the World Barista Championship in Colombia in June.
4th annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine show
April 28 - May 1
Near Monterey and Carmel, CA, USA
This is another American, star-studded food and wine show that has brought out Michelin-starred and James Beard Award chefs like Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, Jacques Pepin and Tom Colicchio. The four-day event includes a chance to rub shoulders with celebrity chefs on the golf course, watch TV chefs cook in a live demo and partake in wine seminars.
3rd Annual Camp Blogaway
April 29-May 1
Near Big Bear, California, USA
Described as a bootcamp for recipe and food bloggers, Camp Blogaway is a writer's retreat. The three-day event teaches participants skills on how to improve their blog and increase visibility and traffic to their site in a saturated digital sphere. The retreat will be held in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California and is currently sold out. There is a waiting list.
52nd Annual Stilton Cheese Rolling Competition
Every May Day, the village of Stilton celebrates their beloved cheese, also referred to as the 'King of Cheeses,' with the traditional sport of cheese rolling. The cheese is not rolled down a hill but rather down Main Street with the help of 'Cheese Rolling Champions.' For directions to Stilton and more information on the event, fair and dance, visit: http://www.stilton.org/about_rolling.html
15th Annual Webby Awards and People's Choice Awards announced
The Webby Awards presents two honors in every category - The Webby Award and The People's Voice Award - in each of its four entry types: Websites, Interactive Advertising, Online Film & Video and Mobile & Apps. Members of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences select the nominees for both awards in each category, as well as the winners of the Webby Awards. Online voters can also choose their favorites. Food-related nominees include Doritos, King of ads, Epicurious.com, and Perrier by Dita. The gala ceremony is June 13 in New York.
5th Annual Vegas Uncork'd
May 5 -8
Las Vegas, NV, USA
This year's edition of Uncork'd, presented by Bon Appétit magazine, has upped the celebrity wattage with a tribute dinner to French chef Paul Bocuse called "Toques Off to Paul Bocuse," a lavish, multi-course dinner that will be held May 7 at the MGM Grand. The chef lineup is a veritable who's who of the restaurant world, including Alain Ducasse, Hubert Keller, Joel Robuchon, Michael Mina, and Jacques Torres, all of whom will help prepare the feast.
James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards
New York, NY, USA
The prestigious James Beard Foundation Awards announces the winners of this year's food journalism awards. For the first time this year, judging will be based solely on content and not on the outlet or the type of specific media. Categories include American cooking, International cooking, Photography, TV Food Personality and Host, TV program, Documentary, Blog and Food Writing.
6th Annual Weekend des Grands Crus
May 7- 8
For its sixth edition, the wine event of the year in France has changed its name from what was known as The Week-end des Grands Amateurs to the Weekend des Grands Crus. The event is a chance for Bordeaux wine lovers to taste more than a hundred crus with the chateaux owners and producers and tuck into fancy French meals.
21st Annual James Beard Foundation Awards 2011
New York, NY, USA
The James Beard Foundation (JBF) Awards honors a wide range of talent in the food and beverage industry in the US including chefs, restaurateurs, cookbook authors, food journalists, restaurant designers, architects, farmers, bread bakers, winemakers, cheese makers and more at a black-tie gala. The awards are considered a "social and gastronomic highlight of the year," and will name many "Best" including Young Rising Chef, New Restaurant and International Cookbook.
May 10 - 12
A forum for showcasing the latest products in the nutraceutical and food ingredient industry, Vitafoods Europe brings together tradespeople from all over the world. Last year about 500 companies exhibited innovative products and drew 8,500 attendees from 90 countries.
Decanter New World Fine Wine Encounter
Decanter magazine hosts a one-day trade show featuring new world wines from 60 wineries. Representatives include winemakers for Argentinian Malbec, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Australian Shiraz. This year's featured country is Chile.
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