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Free Drink Culture Shortlist 2019


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Finalists 2018 Gourmand Awards

Best in the World 2019
All these finalists are Winners in their countries. They qualify now to represent their country in the Best in the World event of 2019.

  • 109 Finalists
  • 33 countries
  • 23 Categories
  • 74 Free PDF
  • 35 websites

The quality of free information on internet is rising fast. For the first time, the Gourmand Awards separate Free and Paid content. The lists are different, and the awards events will be at different times. The categories remain the same for both.

The finalists all have the right to use the free red round Winner logo of the Gourmand Awards in their internet promotions. They can also order the printed individual Winner certificate.

  • 10: 2018: Publication of the Finalists Free Drink List
  • 11: 2018: Announcement of date and location of Best in the World 2019 event
  • 12: 2018: Publication of the finalists lists for Paid
  • 12: 2018: Registration starts for the Best in the World event
  • Spring 2019 Best in the World event


W1-1 Wine/Drink person of the Year

To be confirmed

W1-2 Publisher of the Year for Free Drinks Books

Sri Lanka: The story behind your cup of tea, Merrill Fernando (Dilmah Ceylon Tea) Free PDF

W1-3 Magazine: Digital

Brazil: Revista Brasilera Viticultura Enologia (Ass. Brasileira Enologos)
Canada: LCBO Food & Drink (LCBO)
France: Culture Cognac (BNIC)
Germany: Ochse (Deutsche Wein Institut)

W1-4 Best of the year in all categories

Australia: South Australia International Wine Tourism Strategy 2018 (SATC) 26 Pages, Free PDF
Belgium: Trade & Terroirs, Giulia Meloni, Johan Swisnew (AAWE: KU Leuven) 62 Pages, Free PDF
France: AgriFrance 2018 Rural Report: Digital Technology Revolutionizes Wine Industry (BNP Paribas Wealth Management) 44 Pages, Free PDF
Spain: Guía de Enoturisme de Catalunya, Lluis Tolosa (INCAVI Agencia Catalana Turismo: La Vanguardia)
USA: Causal impact of medals on wine producers prices, Emmanuel Paroissien, Michael Visser ( 27 pages, Free PDF)

W1-5 French Wine

France: AgriFrance 2018 Rural Report: Digital Technologies Revolutionize Wine Industry (BNP Paribas Wealth Management( 44 pages, Free PDF
USA: Risk Attitudes in Viticulture, French Growers, Joel Aka, Adeline Alonso Ugaglia, Jean-Marie Lescot (AAWE) 35 pages Free PDF

W1-6 European Wine, except France

Czech: Prague Wine (Prague City Tourism) 70 Pages, Free PDF
Hungary: Hungary goes ProWein 2018 (Hungarian Tourism Agency) 68 Page, Free Pdf
Spain: Guia Wine Up! Monovarietales 2018-2019, Joaquin Parra (Wine Up!) 802 pages, Free PDF

W1-8 Wine and Spirits Tourism

Australia: South Australia International Wine Tourism Strategy 2018 (SATC) 28 Pages, Free PDF
Austria: Wiener Heurigen Guide 2018, Michael Eldmoser, Elmar Feigl (Wiener Heurige Association) 35 pages, Free PDF
Canada English: Wine Country Ontario (Wine Marketing Association Ontario) 100 pages, Free PDF
France: Top wine destinations 2018 (Great Wine Capitals of the World) 63 pages, Free PDF
Spain: Guía de Enoturismo (Grandes Pagos de España) 50 pages, Free PDF
Sweden: Karlsson

W1-10 wine Professional Institutions

Armenia: Structural Analysis of Armenian Wine Industry Lina Bitsch (ICARE) 100 pages Free PDF
Australia: Annual Operating Plan 2018-2019, $50 M Package (Australian Government: Wine Australia)
Belgium: Trade & Terroir, Giulia Meloni, Johan Swisnew (AAWE: KU Leuven) 62 pages, Free PDF
Chile: Vinos Brasil (Prochile) 25 pages, Free PDF
Germany: Deutcher Wein Statistics 2017-2018 (German Wine Institut) 40 Pages, Free PDF
New Zealand: Annual Report 2017 ( 44 pages, Free PDF
South Africa: SA Wines industry Statistics (SAWIS) 31 pages Free PDF
Spain: Experiencias de éxito en enoturismo (AEE)
USA: Wine Shipping Report, 2018, Direct to US Consumers (Sovos) 36 Pages, Free PDF

W1-10 wine Professional private

France: Sustainability & Responsability at the heart of Pernod Ricard, 32 Pages, Free PDF
Japan: We are Suntory 48 Pages, Free PDf
Netherlands: Rabobank Wine Quarterly, 8 Pages Free PDF
Norway: Future Proofed Packaging (Elopak) 38 Pages, Free PDF
South Africa: Distell Sustainability Report 2018, 64 Pages, Free PDF
Switzerland: Tetrapak Sustainability Report 2017, Food People Futures, 36 Pages, Free PDF
Thailand: ThaiBev Sustainability Report 2017, 154 Pages, Free PDF
UK: Diageo Sustainability & Responsability Report 2017, 84 Pages, Free PDF
USA: State of the Wine Industry 2018 Rob McMillan (Silicon Valley Wine Division) 45 pages Free PDF

W1-12 Digital: Ebooks, Institutions / Brochures

Australia: Granite Belt Wine Country 2018-2019, 32 pages, Free PDF
France: Saint Emilion Practical 2018 (St Emilion Tourism) 94 Pages, Free PDF
Greece: Wine Tourism The Northern Greek Vineyards (Wines of North Greece) 8 Pages, Free PDF
Hungary: Hungary goes ProWein 2018 (Hungarian Tourism Agency) 68 pages, Free PDF


W2-1 Drinks with no alcohol

France: Nestlé Waters Facts & Figures (Nestlé Waters) 16 pages, Free PDF
South Africa: Rooibos Tea (WIPO) 12 pages, Free PDF
UK: Non Alcoholic drinks & the risk of cancer (WCRFN) 9781912255229 64 pages, Free PDF

W2-2 Coffee

El Salvador:
France: Drinking coffee, mate & very hot beverages (IARCancer) 512 pages Free PDF
Italy: La Pavoni (La Pavoni) 71 Pages, Free PDF
Kenya: Coffee in Kenya (Kenya Tourism Board) 15 pages, Free PDF
Mexico: Convención Comité Nacional Sistema Producto Café, Arguelles Miceli (Amecafe) 31 pages PDF
Netherlands: Exporting Sustainable Coffee to Europe (CBI) 10 pages Free PDF
Netherlands: The Challenge of Coffee Processing, Rob Farr (Jacobs Douwe Egberts) 41 pages, Free PDF
Switzerland: The positive cup (Nespresso) 102 pages, Free PDF
UK: ICO Annual Review 2016-2017 (International Coffee Organization) 50 pages, Free PDF

W2-3 Tea

FAO: Intergovernmental group on Tea 2018, 16 pages, Free PDF
Sri Lanka: Tea and your Health, Tissa Amarakoon, Robert Grimble (Dimlah Ceylon Tea) 154 pages Free PDF

W2-4 Spirits

OIV: Chestnut Wooden Barrels for Ageing Wine Spirits (ANIAV-OIV)
Poland: Polish Wine Museum ( Polish Vodka Foundation)
Thailand:ThaiBev Sustainability Report 2017 , 154 Pages, Free PDF

W2-5 Cocktails

France: Cocktails in seven continents (Vergers Boiron) 19 pages, Free PDF

W2-6 Matching Food and Drink

Austria: Austrian Food & Wine ( 48 pages, Free PDF
Austria: Wiener Heurigen Guide 2018 Michael Eldmoser, Elmar Feigl (Wiener Heurige Association) 35 pages, Free PDF
Japan: Official Book 2018 (Sakura Womens Wine Awards) 84 pages, Free PDF

W2-8 Beer

Chile: Cerveza en China (ProChile) 20 pages, Free PDF
Czech: The Beer Guide to Prague (Prague City Tourism) 68 pages, Free PDF
Denmark: Carlsberg Sustainability Repot 2017, 80 Pages, Free PDF
Spain : Menus Saludables, Oscar Manresa, Tomain Fornell (Cerveza y salud , FEN) 80 pages, Free PDF
USA: Beer Styles Guidelines 2018, (Brewers Association) 66 pages, Free PDF


W3-2 Drinks Education


W3-3 illustrations

Italy: (Movimiento Turismo del Vino)

W3-6 Drinks and Health

Australia: Annual Alcohol Pollcy 2018 (FARE: Foundation Alcohol Research Education)
Canada: Alcohol and Cancer Risk, (EducAlcool) 16 pages, Free PDF
France: Consumption Alcoholic Beverages 2018: World (IARCancer) 128 pages, Free PDF
Scotland: Monitoring Evaluating Scotland Alcohol Strategy (Health Scotland) 37 pages, Free PDF
Spain: Menus Saludables, Oscar Manresa, Romain Fornell (Cerveza y Salud, FEN) 80 Pages, Free PDF
USA: Older Adults and Alcohol, (National Institute on Aging) 24 pages, Free PDF

W3-8 NATIONAL Websites

New Zealand:
South Africa:

W3-9 LOCAL Websites



W 4-1 Drinks Special Awards

These Special Awards are final. They do not compete with each other. If present, they will be called to the stage at the Best in the World event in 2019.

Australia: National Alcohol Strategy 2018-2026 (Australia Dept. of Health)
Italy: Ferrari Press Award (Ferrari Trento Wines )
Norway: Global Conservation Strategy for Coffee Genetic Ressources, (Crop Trust: World Coffee Reserves) 72 pages, Free PDF
OIV: Chestnut Wooden Barrels For Ageing of Wine Spirits (Aniav-OIV)
Spain: Meritxell Falgueras
UK: Masters of Wine Examination 2018 (Institute Masters of Wine) 5 pages, Free PDF

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The Gourmand Awards in Macao - Registration & Facts


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The Gourmand Awards are the major Food Culture event in the world.

They started in 1995 for cookbooks and wine books, at Frankfurt Book Fair. They now include all Food Culture content. The Gourmand Awards are open to all, big or small, print or digital, for sale or for free, with or without ISBN, trade or self published, private or public, in any language. It is free to participate, anyone can send entries. There is no comparable international cultural event in the world, except the Olympics. We are inspired by the Olympic spirit.

1- The countries

This year we had entries from 215 countries and regions. There are 193 countries in the United Nations. For the Finalists, we have considerably reduced from the entries the number of countries, and entries. There are now Finalists for Food from a total of 134 countries (116 UN members) and regions. There are 40 countries and regions for Drinks.

2- Categories

There are 100 categories for Food, 30 for Drinks. This is necessary to reflect the wide diversity of world food culture. It gives a chance to many countries to win in a category. In the Olympic games, they have 303 competitions/categories for 202 countries. On our list our finalists, we have 130 categories for 134 countries and regions. In total, there are 1372 entries now finalist, 1144 for food, and 228 for drinks. This represents less than 3% of the total of similar books and other formats published and available every year. It is a major achievement to be on this list of Finalists. There are 67% of the categories with 12 or less finalists, 26% with 13 to 19 finalists, and 7% with 20 to 30 finalists.

3- Trends

Food Culture is now taken very seriously by most governments and individuals. Food is at the heart of the issues of our future, collectively and individually.Trends in Food and Drinks culture are now global, everywhere in the world, which this list of finalists makes very clear. We see six major trends, combining or competing at a different pace in different countries, with change accelerating:

  • Tourism is becoming the force driving food culture. Food is the first positive criteria and motivation generally, for 35%, up from 25% fifteen years ago. We have 160 entries for tourism (12%). See our categories B15, B17, B21, W1-8, W1-12.
  • Social media and television continue to expand the food culture market, helping print. See our categories A07, A08, A09, A13, B18, B19.
  • Health and Nutrition have joined with Ethics and Environmental concerns, spreading the same issues worldwide. For instance Vegan has become mainstream in very few years, everywhere. See our categories D01, D02, D08, D09, E06, E13.
  • Local has become the key word. There is a major effort everywhere to save local food culture, and transmit it. It is helped by tourism and the locavore trends. Slow Food has won. See our categories C01, D05, D07.
  • Quick and easy comfort food is still very important, especially in Asia. See our category E01. In 1995, when we started, this was the leading category.
  • Children and Family food books are rapidly expanding. See categories D03, D11.
  • There are minor new trends starting now Sports and Food, see D13.
  • Seniors and food, see D12 Breakfast, see E15.
  • Embassies and Gastro Diplomacy, see F08.

4- Digital

We have 19 categories (15%) exclusively for digital, with 195 digital entries now finalists (15%). You can find in the list of Finalists approximately 50 free Food and Wine PDF to download, selected for their quality, nearly all produced by public institutions. Unfortunately, they tend to disappear quickly, so do not be surprised if you cannot find them. We cannot help. See categories A06 for FAO, UN-IOM, UNDEP-Canada, UNESCO, UNWTO or B17, W1-12. For cookbook professional online newsletters, see B03.

5- The next step

The Best in the World will be announced in Yantai, China at the Gourmand Awards annual event May 25-28, 2018. The top 3 in each category will have the right to Best in the World. We do not announce results before the event. It is not necessary to attend to win. Apart from the honors at the event, the major opportunity is meeting the other participants, for business and pleasure. As previous participants have written, it may be the best four days of your life if you participate. Guests from over 60 countries had already indicated they wanted to come as of January 12, 2018. There are among them 81 guests who have already been at our events in Yantai. They come back even if they have no entry in the competition, it is so important for networking, business, and food culture.