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RealFoodTraveler Editor-in-Chief Earns First-ever Canadian Culinary Journalism Award

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Veteran food and travel writer and editor-in-chief of, Bobbie Hasselbring, has earned the top spot in Canada’s first Culinary Journalism Awards, co-sponsored by the Canadian Tourism Commission and Food Day Canada. Bobbie, who is the founder of and a freelance food and travel writer/editor, was honored recently at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco during Canada Media Marketplace, Canada’s tourism event for journalists.

Bobbie was presented with a plaque and a check for $1,000 for “Best Writing in Any Medium” for her story “A Taste of the Garden,” which appeared on

Anita Stewart, a highly-regarded expert on Canadian cuisine, author of 14 food-related books, and the founder of Food Day Canada, said of Bobbie’s winning entry, “Bobbie wrote lyrically about the Les Jardins de Metis [Maritime Quebec’s Reford Garden]. “Taste of the Garden” is an excellent history of Redord Gardens and Bobbie provided an in-depth discussion of the food and the chef’s culinary philosophy. In both words and images, she expertly captured its spectacular beauty.”

Another judge wrote, “[After reading Bobbie’s story], I’m fantasizing about cooking in the kitchen.”

The competition, open to journalists writing about Canada’s culinary scene for American audiences, drew dozens of entries from journalists from all over the U.S. and beyond. The judging panel included some of Canada’s top culinary literary figures, including Stewart, Elizabeth Baird, cookbook author and former Executive Food Editor of Canadian Living magazine, and Alison Bell, a food educator and chef at David Thompson Secondary School in Invermere, British Columbia.

Bobbie, the author of dozens of articles and books, has lived in the Pacific Northwest for more than 20 years and has written for the Oregonian (FOODday, Travel, Living), Northwest Palate, Northwest Travel, Via, MotorHome magazine, Home & Away, and many others.

When asked about the award, Bobbie said, “The writers who submitted work for this competition are the best in the business so I am really surprised and deeply honored to be the first to receive Canada’s culinary journalism award. Canada has not traditionally been seen as a food destination, but it should be. The country has some wonderful culinary traditions and its chefs and food producers are doing some amazing things with food all around Canada. It’s a great privilege to be able to tell the world about Canada’s culinary gifts.”

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Bobbie Hasselbring

RFT founder and the website’s former editor-in-chief, Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. She’s been an award-winning writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook.

7 thoughts on “RealFoodTraveler Editor-in-Chief Earns First-ever Canadian Culinary Journalism Award

  1. Marilyn

    Congratulations on this well-deserved award! Canada is a wonderful culinary and garden destination, as your excellent article made clear.

    1. Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT EditorBobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor Post author

      Thanks Jessica and Marilyn. I’ve received such lovely support from writers and readers about this award and about “A Taste of the Garden.” And you’re so right, Marilyn, that Canada is a wonderful culinary destination and one that is largely undiscovered. Cheers! Bobbie, RFT Editor

  2. Belinda Shannon

    Hi Bobbie: I read your article “A Taste of the Garden”, and it makes me proud for you. It also makes me want to go out into my flower garden and find something tasty! (I love capers, so trying a daisy bud in something is tempting) Have fun with your writing, travels, and food!

    1. Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT EditorBobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor Post author

      Hi Belinda,
      Aren’t you kind? Gosh, everyone has been so supportive about this Canada Culinary Award. It’s been pretty fun and, you know, edible flowers really are delicious. Plant that garden, girl! — Bobbie RFT Editor

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