Grand Rapids has claimed the number two spot, worldwide, for "Best Food & Beverage Destination Experience."

The World Food Travel Association announced the winners of the 2017 FoodTrekking Awards last week.

Grand Rapids came in second place in one of the eight categories.

According to a press release, the submission included information about the booming craft beverage and food scene including aspects such as: Grand Rapids Food Trail, beer tourism, the Beer City Passport, Downtown Market Grand Rapids, Cocktail Week GR, local farmers’ markets, an agriculturally rich area and more.

Grand Rapids came second only to the Province of Ontario.

Judges evaluated the business strategy for the submitting company or organization; the marketing communications that support the product or business; the overall public reputation of the company or product; and as needed, the individual product itself.

Other categories include: Best Beer Experience, Best Farm or Farmers' Market Experience and Best Food Travel Blogger. To see those results and more, click here.

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Kayla Fortney is a digital producer at WZZM 13. Have a news tip? Email, visit our Facebook page or Twitter.