Gourmet Authors Center – Frankfurt Buchmesse 2016. The Gourmand Awards are the major Food Culture food and wine cookbook pdf 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.
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 40 countries and regions for Drinks. 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. 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. It is a major achievement to be on this list of Finalists. 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. Tourism is becoming the force driving food culture. See our categories B15, B17, B21, W1-8, W1-12.