Vacay.ca has chosen its three finalists for the 2013 Foodie of the Year Contest. The Grand Prize winner receives round-trip airfare, a luxury hotel stay and dinner at the Top 50 Restaurant in Canada of her choice. The three finalists distinguished themselves for their writing ability, passion for food and ability to articulate why Canadian cuisine is so outstanding.
Here are the three finalists and links to the articles that earned them this recognition.
Deborah Son: For her article on Segovia Tapas Bar in Winnipeg
Excerpt: “Each plate of tapas overflows with fresh ingredients and a sexy mingling of flavours that delight the taste buds, leaving you only with the desire to steal another bite. One of my favourite dishes boasts Albacore tuna as the main attraction, with fried peanuts, mint aioli, radish, and Serrano peppers ($12). The fish tasted so fresh and just seemed to melt in my mouth as I took my first bite. Other standouts include savoury braised short ribs with fingerling potatoes as well as lemon mascarpone-filled dates with roasted pistachios and sweet maple syrup.”
Jo-Ann Samo: For her article on Joe Beef in Montreal
Excerpt: “I must admit the Joe Beef experience is unlike any other that you will encounter. It is a cavalcade of outstanding dishes, each a conquest of amazingly glorious, gluttonous and eccentric recipes. Servers were knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming. It’s a celebration that needs to be on everyone’s 2013 bucket list.”
Holly Fraughton: For her article on why she loves Canadian cuisine
Excerpt: “For years, I was an all-around journalist covering everything from the business beat to hard-hitting news stories. … Then, I moved to the not-so-sleepy ski town of Whistler, British Columbia. There, I took a job writing for a popular weekly newspaper, and soon found myself in the position of Arts & Entertainment Editor. Along with that position came a weekly column. A food column. Am I not the luckiest girl in the world?!
More About the Vacay.ca Canadian Foodie of the Year Contest
The finalists were notified on May 3 and each received a telephone call from Vacay.ca Managing Editor Adrian Brijbassi last week to inform them of the procedure in awarding the prize. Vacay.ca editorial members will choose the winner based on the quality of the writing.
The winner will be announced on Thursday, May 23, 2013. The two runners-up will also receive prizes, including gifts from Magellan’s Travel Company.