Original Top 50 Restaurants in Canada List announces Foodie of the Year Contest

Vacay.ca will have 2013 awards for First Nations, Female Chef and Food Truck
Oct. 1, 2012 - PRLog -- TORONTO, ONTARIO (September 28, 2012) — Following the groundbreaking success of the first-ever Top 50 Restaurants in Canada List, Vacay.ca today announces a spectacular contest that will see one Canadian crowned Foodie of the Year in April 2013. The winner will have the opportunity to dine at one of the 2013 Top 50 Restaurants in Canada, which will be announced in April, as well as receive round-trip airfare to that restaurant's destination city and a four-night luxury hotel stay. There will be secondary prizes as well, with all prizes totalling well over $5,000.

To be eligible for the Foodie of the Year contest, Canadians simply have to vote for their favourite eatery by emailing vote@vacay.ca, as well as follow Vacay.ca on Twitter (@VacayCanada) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Vacay.ca). Votes from the public will be added to those of the revamped Vacay.ca academy of judges and will be used to determine the 2013 Top 50 Restaurants in Canada List, which will include a second annual People's Choice winner.

"As the only democratic list of its kind, we wanted to make sure we rewarded the dining public, whose patronage is really what determines whether a restaurant stands above its peers. We have a mix of food industry professionals, exceptional food and travel writers, and passionate foodies on our judging panel. When you add in the public's vote, then the Vacay.ca list is truly representative of a cross-section of tastes, budgets, regions and experiences in Canadian dining," says Janine MacLean, a chef and food columnist who takes over as the Chair of the Top 50 Restaurants in Canada List and will also help curate the first Vacay.ca Top 24 Brewpubs in Canada List, due out in time for this year's Oktoberfest celebrations.

The Top 50 Restaurants list for the first time will also include winners for Best First Nations restaurant, Best Female Chef and Best Food Truck in Canada.

In April 2012, Vacay.ca launched the inaugural list that named the best 50 restaurants in Canada. Vij's in Vancouver was named No. 1, with other notable restaurants such as Hawksworth, Les 400 Coups, L'Abattoir, Bao Bei, Toque!, Langdon Hall and Araxi also earning honours. The list was met with great enthusiasm from foodies across Canada and the world, and from the Canadian food industry itself. It garnered global publicity that has helped shine a light on the tremendous efforts of the chefs and food industry workers in Canada.

"The Vacay.ca list was founded to celebrate Canadian cuisine. With our audiences coming from primarily the United States and China, we have managed to export word of our fantastic food scene to those keen to travel to our nation," said Vacay.ca Managing Editor Adrian Brijbassi. "Everyone took notice in the first year we established the list. We continue to work to further perfect the list of Canada's 50 best restaurants. Having a chef with Janine MacLean's background at the head of our voting academy is essential to getting the Canadian public and visitors to the nation the best possible list for their dining out choices."

MacLean has helped start up Oliver & Bonacini restaurants in Toronto and recently worked in the kitchen at Bannock. The new judges she has recruited for the 2013 Top 50 Restaurants in Canada List include notables such as:

Rebecca LeHeup, Ontario Culinary chair
Arlene Stein, Evergreen Canada
John Plashko, Food & Beverage Magazine writer
Renee Lavalee, Taste of Nova Scotia chair
Bryan Picard, Chef at The Chanterelle Inn, Nova Scotia
Martin Ruiz Salvador, Chef, Fleur de Sel, Nova Scotia

More exciting changes will be announced in the coming weeks, MacLean says.

To see the 2012 Top 50 Restaurants in Canada List and how the votes were determined, visit http://vacay.ca/top-50-restaurants.


Vacay.ca (www.vacay.ca) is the Concierge to Canada and the Publisher of the first-ever Top 50 Restaurants in Canada list. The online magazine spotlights the endless vacation possibilities in the country for visitors as well as domestic travellers, and raises awareness for charitable causes. Its mix of user-generated content, award-winning journalism, documentary-style videography and social-media focus has made it a fast-growing publication with a dedicated following of travel enthusiasts. Vacay.ca has launched a grass-roots charity initiative, called “Hot Chocolate Tuesdays,” to ease the pain of homelessness and poverty this winter, and is teaming with Big Brothers/Big Sisters to chronicle how activities and destinations help to build strong relationships. In October 2012, it will publish the first-ever Top 24 Brewpubs in Canada list.

Contact: Rod Charles, Director of Public Relations
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