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BCATW 2014 Symposium: The Taste of Travel

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8811 River Road
Richmond, BC

Join the B.C. Association of Travel Writers for our 2014 Symposium – The Taste of Travel.

The keynote speaker is Lauren Mowery, a wine, coffee, and tea writer from New York City who is a contributor to Fodor’s and the Village Voice. Her blog, Chasing the Vine, won the Wine Blog Award in 2013 for Best New Blog.

The symposium will begin at 11am with a food photography seminar by acclaimed Nikon Ambassador Craig Minielly, who will demonstrate his award-winning techniques. After photographing our lunches, we’ll enter our images in a photo contest to be judged by Craig at awarded at the end of the day.

The industry panel will feature:

Percy von Lipinski, an award winning reporter for CNN travel where he was known as the CNN Travel Guru. Percy also works with Universal Studios in Hollywood to scout new locations for upcoming movies, and he produces Electronic Press Kits (EPK´s) for some of the biggest names in Hollywood.

Jennifer Schell, a food and wine writer, columnist, and Editor of B.C. Food & Wine Trails Magazine. She is the author of The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine & Cheese Maker – An Okanagan Cookbook, winner of Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best Local Cuisine Book, Canada.

Eric Pateman, the owner of Edible Canada on Granville Island, has worked in the hospitality industry for over two decades as a chef, hotel consultant, entrepreneur. He is the co-author of the BC Seasonal Cookbook, and recipient of the Mayor of Vancouver’s Art Award for Culinary Arts in 2013, one of Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40 Business People in 2007, and to Western Living Magazine’s list of the Top 40 Foodies Under 40 in Western Canada in 2008.

Sonu Purhar, international media relations agent for Tourism Vancouver, is a freelance writer and works with journalists from some of the world’s foremost publications to help them cover Vancouver. Sonu has presented at writing conferences in North America and the U.K., and was formerly assistant editor at a WestWorld magazine.

The day will close with a post-symposium tasting experience to introduce us to BC wine, beer and spirits producers.

Doors open at 10:30am for networking.

Register by May 11. $35 members, $70 non-members.