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RFT Editor-in-Chief Finalist for Travel Media Award

Realfoodtraveler.com editor Bobbie Hasselbring enjoys lobster at the Maine Lobster FestivalBobbie Hasselbring, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of realfoodtraveler.com, has been named one of three finalists for the Travel Media Award in the Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence for 2012.

She was nominated for the award by the Regina Regina Opportunity Commission (RROC) for a series of articles she wrote on Saskatchewan. They include “The 24-Hour Royal Canadian Mountie,” her story about living and working as a RCCMP Cadet at the Depot Training Center in Regina; “Fortuna Ristorante Italiano: A New Italian Winner in Regina, Saskatchewan;” and “Italian Star Deli: Authentic Italian Deliciousness,” published in realfoodtraveler and “Why Regina is Canada’s New Foodie Hot Spot” published on vacay.ca.

Tourism Saskatchewan says more than 110 nominations were received in the 15 award categories. Finalists and award recipients will be honored at the 24thannual Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence Gala on April 25 at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina.

Marching with Royal Canadian Mounted Police cadets, Regina, Saskatchewan

Bobbie’s nomination included her story, “The 24-Hour Royal Canadian Mountie,” where she lived and worked as a cadet. Bobbie is on the left. Photo ROCC.

“These individuals and businesses that are being honored on April 25 have demonstrated their deep commitment to excellence, innovation and success of our province’s tourism sector,” said Pat Fiacco, Tourism Saskatchewan CEO, said. “Through their fine work, visitors are treated to remarkable hospitality and experiences the kind that they will long to repeat. The Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence will be a proud night for our industry and it is a privilege for Tourism Saskatchewan to host this celebration that pays tribute to many great people, events and businesses.”

RCMP boot camp, Sasketchewan

Bobbie and a fellow journalist get “dressed down” by a drill instructor at the RCMP boot camp.

Bobbie will be traveling in Texas on the evening of the awards, but, if she wins the Travel Media Award, the RROC host who nominated her will accept the award for her. As you know, Bobbie is no stranger to awards for her writing. Last year, she won Canada’s first-ever Award of Excellence for Culinary Writing, co-sponsored by Canada Tourism Commission and Food Day Canada, for her story “A Taste of the Garden.” The year before, her story “Eastern Townships: For the Love of Lavender,” won a Northern Lights Award.

Good luck, Bobbie. Your realfoodtraveler.com readers are rooting for you!



Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor

RFT co-founder Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. A writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook, Bobbie is editor-in-chief at realfoodtraveler.com.


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