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Freelance writer wins top prize at media awards in Canada

Trinidad Express / An article that explores Grenada’s culinary landscape has copped the top award at the Caribbean Tourism Organisation’s (CTO) Caribbean Travel Media Awards programme. The article, “Extraordinary Grenada” by Canadian freelance writer Michele Peterson, won the Best of the Best award announced today at the Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards luncheon at Rosewater restaurant in Toronto, Canada. The story, which appeared in Taste & Travel International, takes readers on a satisfying journey through some of the taste-defining places, including the Caribbean’s oldest water-powered rum distillery; an educational herb and spice project with Arawak, African, Indian and British influences; a goat dairy farm; and a fully-functioning 17th century chocolate plantation. Readers also get to savour with Peterson, organic Grenadian goat cheese, cocoa pods and delightful callaloo. “The writer takes us on an incredible journey into the unique foods and attractions available in Grenada. It is an extremely well researched story that provides fascinating insights on the island’s rich culinary history,” judge Jeff Lake, managing partner and senior vice president – Punch Canada said. “It was an original story. Excellent interviews. I felt I was reading something new about Grenada.” Peterson was one of seven travel writers and photographers awarded for their coverage of the Caribbean. The winners of this year’s Caribbean Travel Media awards in Canada are as follows: Been There, Wrote That – Best Feature article In A Consumer Magazine Michele Paterson – Extraordinary Grenada – Taste & Travel International I Couldn’t Have Written Better Myself – Best Feature In A Consumer Newspaper Shari Kulha – A One per cent Solution (Barbados) – The National Post Inner Circle King/Queen – Best Feature article In A Trade Publication Britney Hope – By Way of Barbados – Pax Magazine Virtual Visitor Award – Best Online Feature Steven Threndyle — Exploring the Cayes of Belize on a Stand-Up Paddle Board — Globe and Mail Not Lost in Translation Award — Best Feature by a Canadian journalist that appeared in Foreign Media. Erin MacLeod — Nice ‘n easy listening: why Jamaica loves Celine Dion and Air Supply — Guardian (UK) From Infinity…And Abroad! (Best Feature by a foreign journalist in US or Caribbean Media) Chris Santella — A Belize Lodge Blends Agritourism With Caribbean Delights — National Post Oh Snap! – Best Photograph accompanying a feature Justin Harrington — Tropical Escape: Belize for Every Traveller — Elle Canada Oh My Word, I Blogged! (Best Blog Post) Michelle Peterson — 12 Reasons I’m Tempted to Drop Everything & Move to Grenada — A Taste for Travel. This winner of this award was determined by voters in an online poll.

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