April 2014 BCATW Buzz

Register for 2014 Symposium

The upcoming BCATW Symposium is coming up in less than six weeks. Please register now for this ground-breaking event to be held at the beautiful River Rock Casino Resort on May 17. The latest details are on the 2014 Symposium page.

This year’s event will begin with a demonstration of food photography by world-renowned photographer Craig Minielly and we’ll photography our lunches and enter our favourite image in a photo contest, to be uploaded and judged by Craig.

While contest images are being uploaded, New York City-based Lauren Mowery will speak to us about her approach to writing about food and wine while travelling.

UPDATE: for our industry panel, we have Eric Pateman of Edible Canada, Sonu Purhar of Vancouver Tourism, author Jennifer Schell and Travel Guru Percy von Lipinski.

Following a brief talk about food and wine descriptors, we’ll begin our speed tasting with BC wine, beer and spirits producers. Each producer will have 10 minutes to tell each group about their product, their company and their region of origin. After that, we’ll have time to mix casually and revisit the producers for more tastes and stories.

During the tasting, the contest photos will be played in a slideshow and the winner will be announced at 6pm. We can’t tell you what prizes will be given for that and our other drawings, but we bet you can guess.

So please register soon, as the early-bird price ends after April 15th.

Book your room at the River Rock using BCATW to get the $129 rate.

And help us promote the event on social media using the #bcatw2014 hashtag and the https://bcatw.org/bcatw2014 link.

See you there!

Member News

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Active Pass Lighthouse on Mayne Island has been guiding seafarers for 129 years. © Photos by Pharos (Julie H. Ferguson) 2014

Julie H. Ferguson has just returned from five days in the Southern Gulf Islands — not working, just relaxing with naps, reading, good food, and the occasional expedition to take photographs. The weather was kind to her with lots more sunshine than in Vancouver.

With two major overseas visits and a month cruising/touring southern Ontario coming up fast, Julie is researching the locations in preparation for her assignments. She is looking forward to seeing everyone at the annual symposium in May.

Baila Lazarus presented two of her signature workshops, Maximizing Media, to members of Tourism Vancouver Island in Sidney on March 16 and Tofino March 28.

Baila suggests that anyone pitching stories related to tourism try to broaden the hooks to include angles that are more business-related rather than consumer or event-related, which is the usual approach. A story on summer resorts on the challenges of hiring seasonal workers could be a good fit for an HR section rather than a travel section.

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One of the Hanging Houses of Cuenca, Spain

Darlene Foster’s article, Cuenca and the Casa Colgadas was posted in Travel Thru History. She has had a number of weekend get-aways which she will soon be writing about.

Darlene visited Maple Lane School in Richmond last month where she did a presentation and reading from Amanda in Arabia – The Perfume Flask. The children enjoyed learning more about camels and the wonders of the desert.

“A slow feeling of gathering sadness as each familiar place flashes by the window and disappears and becomes part of the past. Time is made visible, and it moves as the landscape moves.” 
Paul TherouxThe Old Patagonian Express: By Train Through the Americas 


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