Foodies with an appetite for travel invited to submit food porn photos

Travelers with fond food memories of eating the best authentic Neapolitan pizza in Italy or boeuf bourguignon in France are being invited to submit their photos in a Facebook contest.

The European Travel Commission, an independent tourism body made up of 39 member countries, launched a social media campaign "A Taste of Europe" Tuesday in which foodies can win a trip for two to the continent. The contest is only open to US fans.

Between September 6 and 30, fans of the visiteurope.com Facebook page can upload a photo of a meal they had that best describes the theme of the contest along with a backstory on their epicurean experience.

For example, the photo can be of a favorite European dish or a memorable dining experience from a recent European vacation.

Voting will begin October 1 to 16 to determine the top 10 finalists. The grand prize winner will be selected by a panel of judges and announced on Facebook October 24.

Luring travelers with the draw of gastronomy is a popular tactic used at tourist boards. Singapore, for instance, is currently on a worldwide food tour with their campaign, "Singapore Takeout," a pop-up restaurant concept that brings their cuisine to cities like London, Paris, Moscow,  New York, Dubai and Sydney. Traditional Singaporean fare is a culinary melting pot of flavors like Chinese, Malay, Indian and Indonesian.

For more info on visiteurope.com's contest, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/visiteurope and http://www.visiteurope.com/.

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