Weekly gastronomy agenda: Taipei International Food Show, Wine Blog Awards
Friday 18 June 2010
June celebrates a wide array of foods and beverages with competitions, reviews, flavor votes, classes, new products and new places to eat. This week events take place in London, Taipei, Washington and Bordeaux celebrating wine, coffee, bloggers and international foods with the World Barista Competition, Bordeaux Fete Le Vin, the 20th annual Taipei International Food Show and the Wine Blog Awards Vintage 2010.
World Barista Competition
Olympia, London, UK
The 11th Annual World Barista Championship is co-located with the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) Conference & World Championships at Caffe Culture, the leading coffee exhibition in the United Kingdom. The combined events will welcome over 10,000 coffee industry professionals and enthusiasts. Over 50 national barista champions worldwide are to compete over three days with the hopes of becoming the 2010 World Barista Champion. Additional competitions will also be taking place during the SCAE event including the Cup Tasting (pick out the different brew), Ibrik (coffee and culture from Middle East, Turkey and Greece), Latte Art and Coffee in Good Spirits (Irish coffee perfection). Registration for the event includes conference, access to exhibit floor and much more. Prices vary based on number of days and membership status £150-495 (€176-582).
20th Annual Taipei International Food Show
Taipei World Trade Center, Taipei, Taiwan
The 20th Annual Taipei International Food Show, considered Asia's most important food show and known for product launches that end up in markets all around the world, expects over 40,000 visitors this year. The pavilions range from various national trade and gastronomy promotion from Austria to Brazil as well as product-centered sections devoted to health food, wine, coffee and tea, frozen foods, edible oils, processed meats and many more. If you are interested in attending and tasting some Hello Kitty dark chocolate, a pre-registration form for industry professionals is required. The event is open to the public from 9am-5pm on June 25-26 only; tickets are NT$ 300 (€7.36).
Bordeaux Fete Le Vin - Bordeaux Wine Festival
Bordeaux's seventh wine festival will welcome close to 500,000 visitors during the four-day event devoted to blossoming vines and winemaking. There are a number of ways to participate in the festivities, which take place every two years: wine tastings, wine master classes, a barrel-rolling competition, a 2km "wine-route" chateaux and vineyard tour and special events including "Homage to the art of perfectly matched food and wine" and "A meeting with Bacchus." A tasting pass includes 12 tastes, a glass and additional tickets for €15 or with Pass Duo the pass can be shared with a friend for €20 (includes extra glass). For more information on the event and additional package and tour pass rates, go to: http://bordeaux-fete-le-vin.com/uk/programme/index.html
Wine Blog Awards Vintage 2010 @ North American Wine Bloggers' Conference
Walla Walla, Washington, USA
The winners from the fourth annual public online vote for the web's finest wine are to be announced at the sold-out North American Wine Bloggers' Conference, June 25 in Walla Walla, Washington. If you are planning to attend the European Wine Bloggers' Conference in Vienna, Austria this October 22-24, registration is open for bloggers (€154.50) and non-bloggers (€307.50).
1st Virtual Wine and Spirits Fair
Online @ WineFair.com
This is the world's first 3D virtual wine fair for the profession (June 21-25) and the public (June 26-27) taking place at WineFair.com in seven different languages: Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. Participation is free after completing an online form. By using various technologies, attendees can enjoy many of the traditional benefits of attending a live event including wine education (podcasts), appointments with specific exhibitors (chat and webcam) even business card exchange.
The Summer Fancy Food Show
Javits Center, New York City, USA
North America's twice-yearly Largest Specialty Food & Beverage event takes place every June in New York City and winter in San Francisco. Approximately 2,500 exhibitors will present over 180,000 products including confections, cheese, coffee, snacks, spices, ethnic, natural and organic goods, while 24,000 attendees are expected from 81 countries. The event first began in 1955 and each expo introduces the latest trends like tea cocktail infusions and raw agave gelato. Tickets purchased by May 21 are $35 (€27.37) and after go up to $60 (€46.92). http://www.specialtyfood.com/fancy-food-show/
2010 World Pastry Forum
June 30-July 4
JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
A series of how-to professional pastry workshops with three-hour demonstration courses and 6.5-hour hands-on classes ranging from Whimsical Cake and Competition Showpieces 101 to Liquid Desserts and the Art of Mixology. The demo program consists of ten courses and tuition costs $1500 (€1243.47); the five hands-on classes are $2000 (€1657.96); in addition both include: lunch daily, a World Pastry Forum chef's jacket, instructor notes and recipes, July 4th graduation party, admission to the World Pastry Team Championship including the awards ceremony and Gala Dinner, demonstrations, and hospitality room. http://forums.worldpastryforum.com
National Cherry Festival
Traverse City, Michigan, USA
The 84th National Cherry Festival is billed as "Awesomely Awesome and Fun" and expects 500,000 visitors during the eight-day event to enjoy all things cherry including air shows, bike tours and the crowning of the Cherry Queen. http://visit.cherryfestival.org
2010 World Pastry Team Championship
JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
This year's theme is ‘Childhood' and teams from Denmark, UK, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea and USA will be competing for the title ‘World Pastry Champion' by preparing bonbons, entremets, entremet glace, petits gateaux, and plated desserts judged on artistry and degustation. Spectator seats range from $50 (€41.47) for professional pastry student to $250 (€207.38) for VIP. http://www.pastrychampionship.com
Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, Australia
This international professional wine event takes place every three years and is hosted by the 14th annual Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference (AWITC) and Wine Industry Suppliers Australia (WISA). Approximately 4,000 wine industry professionals discuss new products and technology and the discussions could lead to more screw tops, new greener packaging and processes. AWITC includes 53 workshops with speakers from China, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, USA and UK. http://www.winetechexpo.com.au
Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery 2010
St. Catherine's College, Oxford, UK
The 29th annual symposium will focus on the history and culture of ‘cured, fermented and smoked foods' with 220 international scholars, journalists, chefs, scientists, sociologists and anthropologists. Considered to be the oldest and most important event addressing food and cookery with academic papers. Past themes have included ‘fat' and ‘nurture' and 2011 will be ‘celebrations' and 2012 ‘stuffed and wrapped foods'. For more information:
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