For the last three months, Tourism Richmond has been searching for the perfect person to be its spokesperson, one who can show the world what Richmond has to offer through the culinary lens. Today they have announced that Lindsay Anderson, who is a local blogger here in Vancouver, has been named the “Richmond Foodie Blogger”. Congratulations!!
It’s a pretty cool gig. It’s a one-year contract role with a salary of $50,000, living compensation and a daily stipend for all restaurant meals. It also includes a one-year membership to the Richmond Olympic Oval – which will come in handy with all the food expected to be consumed. What Lindsay will be doing, is to eat at 365 Richmond restaurants in 365 days, taking photos, shooting videos and blogging about the experience, while actively engaging with the community in person and online through social media.
I have been following the process since the beginning, curious to find out who will land themselves what might be considered a food blogger’s dream job. More than 1,500 individuals, locally and internationally, applied, with only 12 candidates shortlisted for a public voting. Lindsay received the most number of votes at that stage of the process and was definitely viewed as the top contender for this position.
I personally don’t know Lindsay, but I was quite impressed by her campaign where she received support from fans across the world. I wish her the very best, and I can’t wait to see how this all plays out. It’s nice to see that the role of food bloggers is seen as a key influencer when it comes to dining and tourism, and I hope there will be more opportunities alike in the future for other foodies.