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Bonaire designated as a Culinary Capital by World Food Travel Association

Posted by Caribbean World Magazine on 25 July 2022 | 0 Comments

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25 July 2022

Island recognized as a must visit destination for food & beverage 

Kralendijk— The World Food Travel Association (WFTA) has certified Bonaire as a Culinary Capital. Through this program, the WFTA, a non-profit organization recognized as the world’s leading authority on food and beverage tourism, vets destinations based on their scores across five culinary criteria: culture, strategy, promotion, community and sustainability. The program was launched to give food lovers confidence to travel to new and unexpected food and beverage destinations by assessing, certifying, and promoting places that showcase their unique gastronomy and culinary culture to visitors. With dining offerings ranging from chefs’ tables to food trucks, Bonaire is the second destination to be honored as a Culinary Capital.

“I loved reading Bonaire’s application because it opened up a rich culinary culture that we knew nothing about before,” said Erik Wolf, WFTA’s Executive Director and Founder. “Now the rest of the world will begin to hear more about the fantastic food and beverage products and experiences that this destination offers.” 

The collaboration between both the island's public and private sectors, along with the support of Bonaire Hotel and Tourism Association (BONHATA), was instrumental in bringing this Culinary Capital certification process to fruition.

Miles B. M. Mercera, Tourism Corporation Bonaire’s CEO, is delighted with the positive news: "This certification is a great boost for Bonaire and all the hardworking professionals who have put the diverse culinary culture of our small island on the map in recent years,” he said. “It’s also an important step in our overall vision to develop and promote our gastronomic scene along with other island experiences that go beyond the fantastic diving we’ve always been known for.” 


Culinary Capitals is a culinary destination certification and development program. It is presented by the WFTA, the world's leading authority on food and beverage tourism. Culinary Capitals was launched in mid-2021 to help lesser-known culinary destinations recover economically from the pandemic. The unique program is now gaining momentum, as more culinary destinations around the world are becoming aware of it.



The WFTA is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2001 by Erik Wolf, its current Executive Director. It is recognized as the world’s leading authority on food and beverage tourism (a.k.a. culinary tourism and gastronomy tourism). The WFTA’s mission is to preserve and promote culinary cultures through hospitality and tourism. Every year, the organization provides professional programs and services to 200,000 professionals in 150+ countries. The Association’s work and programs are aligned with its six major practice areas that include Culinary Culture; Sustainability; Wine & Beverages; Agriculture & Rural; Wellness & Health; and Technology.