International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association

Shares stage with 2012 Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show



Diamond Bar, CA (Dec. 2011) The International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) announces its participation in the January 14-15, 2012 Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show.The Travel & Adventure Show returns to the Long Beach Convention Center showcasing more than 400 exhibitors, amazing trip giveaways, cultural entertainment, renowned travel experts, show only specials, plus a new culinary stage. NEW for 2012, event goers can test their taste buds at the International Fiery Foods Challenge. The biggest show of its kind in the West, this is THE place for the serious traveler. It opens at the Convention Center on Saturday, January 14, from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sunday, January 15, from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.


The IFWTWA is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a booth at the show as well as participating in several culinary and travel related seminars.  Ticket holders are encouraged to stop by booth #1153 to meet with IFWTWA Board Members, learn more about the organization, and  understand the benefits it provides to professional journalists. Lots of destination brochures will also be available.  Author Michael Cervin will be there promoting his newest travel book. Linda Kissam will be there with her newest travel related cookbook.


Attendees are encouraged  to stop by the following culinary seminars, featuring IFWTWA board members Michael Cervin, Maralyn Hill and Linda Kissam.


Saturday, Jan. 14
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Destination Culinary ~ Current Trends and Destinations (Trade)
Moderator:  Juergen Thomas Steinmetz, publisher, eTurbo News
Stacey Mitchell, Director of Sales, Florida Keys & Key West
Maralyn Hill, President,  International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association
Trust Lin, Director, Taiwan Tourism Board

Sunday, Jan. 15
1:15pm – 2:00pm
Drivable Destinations ~ Vacations Within Reach (Consumer)
Moderator: Michael Cervin, International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association


Jeffrey Hentz, Yosemite / Mariposa County Tourism Bureau
Kady Fleckenstein, Santa Ynez Valley Visitors Association
Sunday, Jan. 15
2:30 – 3:30
Travel for Foodies: Tips, Trends and Tools for the Culinary Traveler (Consumer)
While traveling with a culinary focus, you need to understand the fundamentals of food; from pairing local foods with local beverages, to knowing the best foods to increase your metabolism and increasing your energy on the go to searching out the farm to table experience, this panel discussion will provide you with valuable, useful information to make sure every trip is a tasty trip.


Moderator: Michael Cervin, International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association


Linda Kissam (International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Assn.)-

incorporating local wines into culinary travel
Dr. Kathy Gruver, PhD – (Author, speaker) – Staying healthy, understanding organic/GMO local foods as you travel, best foods for metabolism, etc.
Chef Michael Allan Cragg (Temecula CVB) – Ritz Carlton trained chef discusses farm-to-fork foods and how you can eat the best while traveling