12th.December, 2016 – Press Release
The FBAI celebrate the 4th. India Food Bloggers Awards 2016 (#IFBA2016) and Vikhroli Cucina Season 3
India Food Bloggers Awards 2016 (#IFBA2016), the FBAI’s annual showcase felicitation Awards Ceremony was held on Saturday 10 December 2016, 7 pm at Mahi and followed by dinner and drinks and Vikhroli Cucina Season 3 at the poolside of a JW Marriott Juhu, Mumbai.
The #IFBA2016 Awards formally honoured winners in various categories of food blogging like restaurant review, recipe, culinary travel, micro food blog amongst others by an esteemed Jury.
Sameer Malkani – co-founder of theFBAI said – “#IFBA2016 is our 4th. consecutive year of the India Food Blogger Awards, and we have been growing exponentially and receiving great response and support every subsequent year. The following years will see the Awards held in different cities as well as Internationally. Our community has grown from where we started to a vibrant, engaged and interactive group of folks across the country.”
Felicitating the winners were Sameer Malkani, Kunal Vijayakar, Chef Ranveer Brar, Rashmi Uday Singh, Chef Vicky Ratnani, Rocky Singh and Mayur (Rocky and Mayur), Antoine Lewis, Rushina Ghildiyal, as well as invited reknowned Chefs – Saransh Goila, Rakhee Vaswani and Amrita Raichand.
The one Jury Member who could not make it but judged the blogs and came live via Skype to felicitate the Winners was not other than the Culinary rockstar Gaggan Anand of Gaggan Bangkok.
#IFBA2016 at brought together over 250+ food bloggers, chefs, jury members, partners and food enthusiasts from the industry.
The process is where food bloggers across India and a few International bloggers submit blogs in different categories to be nominated and judged by the Jury. Winners and first and second runner ups are awarded at the Awards in each category.
This year we received over 600 entries from food bloggers in different categories
A week prior to the Awards, the FBAI has an annual food, beverage and hospitality conference – #FBAIDialogues which was a grand success.
#IFBA2016 Notable winners include
1) Ankiet Gulabani – Belly Over Mind – Best recipe Blog – Mumbai
2) Rukshana Kapadia – The Culinary Commentator – Best Restaurant Review Blog – Kolkatta
3) Sonal Holland (Master of Wine)- Sonal Holland Wine TV – Best Wine Vlog – Mumbai
4) Kalyan Karmakar – Finely Chopped – Best General Food Blog – Mumbai
5) Shivangi Sinha – Shivangi Reviews – Best Lifestyle Blog (30 percent food) – New Delhi
(the entire winner list here – http://ifba.thefbai.com/part/ifba2016-winners/ )
Post the Award Ceremony all enjoyed some fabulous cocktails at the Salt Water Poolside by Skyy Vodka. shots by Amarula and some fantastic red and white wine by Two Oceans WIne, followed by some delicious food by Chef Himanshu Taneja of JW Marriott Juhu – who also tied up with Aspri Spirits for some interesting Amarula based desserts.
#IFBA2016 was presented by VikhroliCusinaSeason 3, Godrej Group, JW Marriott Juhu Mumbai, co presented by California Walnuts India and our partners Jet Airways (Travel Partner), Aspri Spirits (Beverage Partner), Veen Water (water partner) and Soulflower (gifting and aromatizing partner).
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