International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Conference

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Listen to the Big Blend Radio interview with travel writer Allen Cox – Editor-in-Chief of Northwest Travel & Life Magazine and VP of the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA), along with Sherrye Wyatt – PR & Marketing Manager at Whidbey and Camano Islands Tourism in Washington state, who discuss the 2018 IFWTWA Conference in Whidbey Island, held May 5-8, 2018.

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2018 IFWTWA Conference Agenda includes:

Day 1: Arrival and hosted evening Welcome Reception at the Oak Harbor Yacht Club.

Day 2: Professional development workshops, panels, keynote presentation, tourism marketplace, and shop and dine around the village of Coupeville.

Day 3: Whidbey Island Tour, including a visit to a mussel farm, island villages, state parks, farms and wineries.

Post-Conference Fam Trip: Attendees may apply to attend a more in-depth island tour that will also include Camano Island and the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, among other itineraries. Keynote speaker is to be announced. Panels will include a chef/farmer panel and a tourism panel with a focus on arts, history and adventure, each with local Whidbey Island panelists.

Workshops will focus on professional development topics, such as leveraging social media to build your brand, beyond farm-to-table: food writing trends, mining dozens of stories from one destination, and more. The tourism marketplace will have approximately a dozen exhibitors representing destinations around the the NW and beyond, with an opportunity for networking, mining story ideas and press trips.

The 2018 IFWTWA Conference is held at historic Camp Casey with lodging at Coachman Inn, Oak Harbor.

Whidbey and Camano Islands are located in the middle of Puget Sound and an easy drive from Seattle. A great antidote for big city pressures, these rural islands feature wide-open beaches, scenic vistas, outdoor adventures, great art, fine dining, and more. See


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Formed in 1981 in Southern California, the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) is a premiere global network of food, wine and travel journalists and the people who promote them. These professional writers, bloggers and photographers focus on sense of taste and place. Their niches include food, wine, travel and destination activities, as well as the culture and history. See

International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association



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