Annual International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association Conference 2022


Food, wine, and travel writers from every level, along with CVBs, destinations, hotels, restaurants, attractions, and those in the food, wine, and travel industry are encouraged to join the annual International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association Conference now to be held March, 2022. Please note details of this conference may change and this page will be kept updated if changes are made.

Keynote Speaker of the event is André Darlington, author of “Booze Cruise: A Tour of the World’s Most Essential Mixed Drinks” and “Gotham City Cocktails: Official Handcrafted Food & Drink From the World of Batman.” Attendees can choose from a series of six professional development sessions to advance writing and photography skills including how to create engaging destination videos, mastering SEO, upping your food writing game, what you need to know about Instagram Reels, how to land the best press trips, and perfecting your pitch to grab and editor’s attention. Plus, a Culinary Panel will be hosted by Andy Harris and will feature a diverse panel of experts from the Tampa Bay area. In addition to the main conference, there will be two pre-trips and two-post trips for registered attendees who apply and are accepted to some great nearby destinations: Orlando, Punta Gorda, Sarasota, and Tampa Bay.

The Conference has some fantastic sponsors lined up for the conference, including Park City, Utah; Medford, Oregon; Whidbey Island, Washington; Sarasota, Florida; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Birmingham, Alabama; Coastal Mississippi; Finger Lakes, New York; Palm Springs, California; The City of St. Petersburg; St. Petersburg Foodies; and St. Petersburg Office of Cultural Affairs, and more.

Learn more about the IFWTWA Conference and register to attend here:

ON BIG BLEND RADIO: This episode of Big Blend Radio’s 2nd Tuesday “Food, Wine & Travel Show” focuses on the Annual IFWTWA Conference with Chris Cutler, Kathy Merchant, Scott Kendall. Watch it here in the YouTube player or listen to the podcast on PodBean or SoundCloud.

Featured Guests:

CHRIS CUTLER: President of IFWTWA, Christine Cutler is a writer, photographer, editor, guide, teacher, traveler, Ohio native, Florida resident, and world citizen. She lives in Downtown St. Petersburg with her husband and crazy Welsh Terrier, but she can’t sit still very long. In addition to maintaining her websites  and  she is executive editor of Food, Wine, Travel Magazine; a travel, non-fiction, and memoir writer; a photographer; and an editor whose work has appeared in various publications.

KATHY MERCHANT: Co-Chair of the IFWTWA Conference 2022, Kathy Merchant is the founder of . Her wine credentials include Diploma from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, French and Italian certifications from the Wine Scholar Guild, and Certified Specialist of Wine.  In June 2020, she published her first book as editor, “Imagineers, Impresarios, Inventors: Cincinnati’s Arts and the Power of Her.” In June 2021, Kathy published her first biography: “Answering the Call of the Wild: The Remarkable Life of Cathryn Hosea Hilker.”

SCOTT KENDALL: Co-Chair of the IFWTWA Conference 2022, Scott Kendall is Editor of as well as a freelance travel writer, photographer, and videographer based in The Woodlands, Texas. He has traveled extensively throughout the US and Europe, including several trips to Italy, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, England, and France. In addition to writing for PlayStayEat, Scott has written for EuropeUpClose, Epicurean Traveler, Food Wine Travel Magazine, International Living, Miles Geek, Touring Bird, Airguides, Travel and Talk, and other publications.

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