Friday, May 23, 2014

Eat your way through Copenhagen when Copenhagen Cooking opens its doors for the 10th time

From 22 - 31 August the summer edition of Copenhagen's food festival Copenhagen Cooking is being held for the tenth time and the people behind Copenhagen Cooking are busy planning the programme. Over ten days, Copenhagen's restaurants, streets and lanes - as well as some rather unusual spots in town - will be bristling with gastronomic events. More than 150 unique events will be taking place and they will cater for all tastes, whether you're into a spit roast at one of the city's central squares or a gourmet dinner accompanied by a musical piece composed specially for the dinner.

There will be both tried and tested events as well as brand new ones on offer on the festival programme, which has not yet been published. The events, Taste the World in Prague Boulevard, where a number of Copenhagen restaurants with international cuisine offer small dishes at special prices, and Nordic Taste where top restaurants from Scandinavia offer tastings at Gefionspringvandet (Gefion Fountain) and for the first time there will be a Nordic Taste Kids area.

”We are really looking forward to welcoming another summer edition of Copenhagen Cooking. This year is particularly special to us because it's the tenth time we've opened the doors to a mecca of unique culinary experiences.  Copenhagen Cooking is wide ranging and includes both popular public events as well as very elitist gastro events. A common factor they all share is that those participating offer a unique dining experience that is specifically designed for Copenhagen Cooking”, says Lasse Fridberg Bilstrup, Head of Development for Copenhagen Cooking.

When Copenhagen Cooking opens its doors for the tenth time on August 22, once again - just as during the festival's winter edition - the focus will be on feeling, under the main theme of ‘Taste of Emotions’.  The theme that emphasizes that food experiences and emotions are intertwined - interpreted freely by each of the festival's participants and event organisers.

Copenhagen Cooking is for everyone

Other events on the programme are Cooking Kids, where children are allowed to compete in their cooking skills, the Risotto World Championships in Torvehallerne (food market) and a food walk in connection with Ecco Walkathon's charity route.  The programme also includes unique gourmet experiences at Copenhagen Airport; a pop-up restaurant that will challenge your view of the world for a few moments through taste, imagination and dialogue.

Once again this year, Copenhagen Cooking's events will be divided into a number of sub-categories, which offer unique food experiences for everyone, whether you are into large, public events or high-level gastronomy. Interested parties can find events under categories such as: ‘Nordic Summer’, ‘Gourmet experiences’, ‘Hidden places’ and ‘Kids’ Cooking’ etc.

Basically, you can find everything from a dinner at a Michelin restaurant to a culinary experience taking place in an unusual place in the city that does not usually host dining experiences.
The first part of Copenhagen Cooking's programme will be published in mid June on:

Copenhagen Cooking, arranged by Wonderful Copenhagen and a number of the city’s gastronomic players, has existed since 2005 in an August edition and since 2011 in a winter edition. Copenhagen Cooking is a tribute to the country's food culture, Nordic cuisine and our local produce. Copenhagen Cooking's summer edition takes place next time from 22 - 31 August 2014.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Sparkling Hill Resort Welcomes the LGBT Traveler

Nestled in the vibrant hills of the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia's Wine Country, is the LGBT-welcoming Sparkling Hill Resort... Luxury on Lake Okanagan.

The Okanagan Valley has become quite popular as one of the top ten wine regions in the world, and their local Mission Hill Winery recently won the coveted International Trophy for ‘World’s Best Wine’ at the 2013 Decanter Awards in London, England for their 2011 Martin Lane Pinot Noir against the leading wineries in the world.. "World's Best Pinot Noir."  In addition, Travel & Leisure named Mission Hill Winery’s Terrace Restaurant as 1 of the top 5 winery restaurants in the world... “it is the centerpiece of the Canadian wine tourism industry and one of the most glorious dining experiences in the world.”

As such, the Okanagan Valley has become one of the most sought after locations for destination weddings, and the Sparkling Hill Resort has become one of the top resorts in Canada for hosting incredible LGBT weddings.

Swarovski crystal-infused Sparkling Hill. Astonishing. Over 3.5 million crystals infused within this modern oasis – a most remarkable hotel and wellness center with European-inspired design elegance. Nestled in the mountains near Vernon, British Columbia, and overlooking Lake Okanagan, your personal journey to whole body health and wellness begins here.

KurSpa, their 40,000 square foot European-inspired spa, clinic, and wellness center is the largest spa in Canada and shines brightly as a worldwide wellness destination. Relax, renew, and revitalize at KurSpa's seven unique aromatherapy, steam, and sauna rooms. Swim in Kurspa's serenity pool featuring underwater music and a Swarovski crystal night sky. Choose from over 100 transformative spa treatments and therapies to detoxify the body and promote optimum health. Consult with our professional team including their naturopathic physician, psychiatrist, massage therapists and kinesiologists. Or, experience the first European Cryotherapy Cold Sauna (-110°C) in North America, their signature KurSpa treatment.

Take in the stunning beauty of the Okanagan Valley from Sparkling Hill's luxury guest rooms and penthouses, which feature sweeping lake and mountain views and operable floor to ceiling glass window walls that can be opened to instantly transform your room into an outdoor oasis. Swarovski crystals illuminate fireplaces, fixtures and ceilings, lending a luminous and luxurious ambience to every space.

Sparkling Hill Resort is also home to the best fine dining destinations in Vernon, BC. PeakFine, their signature restaurant, serves a menu emphasizing the freshest and finest ingredients the Okanagan Valley has to offer. Known as the "Napa of the North" the region's spectacular wines and our own specially-curated Crystal Wines are on offer at PeakFine and Barrique & Java, their more casual wine, tapas, and coffee bar. Stunning Swarovski crystal chandeliers and accents imbue their dining spaces with glamour and elegance, and those seeking an elegantly rustic setting for private dining or special events will find it in Gernots.

Recognized as a trendsetter in healthy living and wellness hospitality, Sparkling Hill Resort is a distinctive destination for the modern sophisticated traveler. Whether planning a couple's escape, corporate wellness retreat, or incentive travel, this British Columbia resort delivers an unforgettable blend of relaxation, restoration, and wellness. Please explore their website; their entire team looks forward to welcoming you to Sparkling Hill Resort on your personal journey to whole body health and wellness.

LGBT #Hashtag RoundUp: #OutInThailand

Welcome to our first of a new series we're launching here at Pink Banana Media... the LGBT #hashtag RoundUp.  These are "social media stories" told by the folks out there Tweeting, posting their photos to Facebook and Instagram and sharing their videos on YouTube and Vine... all using a unique #hashtag and posting with a purpose!

For our first LGBT #hashtag RoundUp, we've chosen Thailand... as a destination, they've been incredibly successful in utilizing social media in their LGBT marketing outreach, starting with the work Carlos Melia ( / @CarlosMelia) did for Tourism Authority of Thailand ( and / @ThaiGayTravel) in 2012 and 2013 and culminating in an LGBT trip in April/May 2014, bringing together a variety of LGBT travel writers, tour operators and travel agents including Out Adventures, Man About World and more.

Their adventures are told below in Social Media Storyboard format, where their Tweets... their Instagram photos and their Facebook posts are brought together to tell a unique story about Gay & Lesbian Travel to Thailand, as told through the power of Social Media and technology today.

(Click images below to view larger Social Media Storyboard image)

For a current and more detailed view, including live links to everything you see above, go to

The Interpersonal Marketing Strategy by Pink Banana Media
This type of outreach is just a small part of the Interpersonal Marketing Strategy developed here at Pink Banana Media, bringing together more traditional marketing such as banner ads, e-mail and PR, and merging that with the power of social media and #hashtag marketing.  For more information, go to: