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Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting

WATER FACTOIDS

  • Water is everywhere, covering 3/4 of the planet’s surface.
  • 97% of the Earth’s water is salt water and over 2% is polluted or part of the ice cap, leaving less than 2% available for human use.
  • Water cleanses, comforts and heals.
  • An indispensable nutrient, it makes up most of human body weight.
  • 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
  • A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math and difficulty focusing on the computer screen and/or on a printed page.
  • Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79% and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.
  • 84% of Americans feel the pollution of water is a major problem.
  • United Nations’ International Decade for Action, Water for Life ~ Celebrated in Berkeley Springs February 24-27, 2011. 

28th ANNUAL BERKELEY SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL WATER TASTING
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ~ February 15, 2018
Travel Berkeley Springs – Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
1-800-447-8797 •  www.berkeleysprings.com
Press Contact only: Jill Klein Rone ~ 304-258-3302

February 22-25, 2018

BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV – The 28th Annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting welcomes nearly one hundred waters from across the country and around the globe on Saturday, February 24. Held at The Country Inn in the historic spa town of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, it is the largest and longest running water tasting competition in the world dubbed by media “the world’s most prestigious water tasting,” and this year celebrated as the Olympics of Water.

Tasting of municipal waters, followed by purified drinking water, begins at 2:30pm. Bottled waters, both still and sparkling, are tasted at 6:30pm. Winners in all categories are announced at a public awards reception at 8pm.

More than 700 distinct waters have entered over the life of the event coming from all over the United States and from as far away as Greece, New Zealand and Korea. “The impact of winning this event is extraordinary for a bottler,” said Jeanne Mozier, one of the event founders.  “Several have experienced exponential growth, others closed major deals, and almost all winners redesign their labels to display their winning medal.”  Three new countries were added this year: Trinidad-Tobago, Jamaica and Turkey.

Mozier pointed out that the municipal competition looks like a battle of the titans this year with more than a half dozen gold medal winning waters returning to defend their title as best tasting water in the world.

A distinguished panel of media judges determine the official winners, but there is a role for the public. All day Saturday, they taste water along with the judges. Most importantly, the public votes for the People’s Choice award for best packaging. “How the product looks has become ever more important as the bottled water industry continues to grow,” said Mozier. “There are now more than 600 brands of bottled water.”

A second People’s Choice event is introduced this year: Best Flavor Essence Sparkling Water.

Mozier admits the event is a little tame. “The real excitement for the audience comes at the conclusion,” she explains. “Once the awards are presented, we stage the now world-famous ‘water rush’ where folks scramble to take home some of the hundreds of bottles of water that have been used for display.” The “water rush” was highlighted by cable television’s Games Across America.

Watermaster Arthur von Wiesenberger, noted expert and author from Santa Barbara, CA, trains the media judges and directs the challenge of evaluating a product where tastelessness is the most sought after quality. The unique event, dubbed the “granddaddy of water tastings,” by von Wiesenberger, is produced by Travel Berkeley Springs and open to the public.

Handcrafted glass water drops, created by West Virginia’s Appalachian Glass, are presented as awards in the municipal, bottled and still water categories as well as for purified drinking water and best packaging design.

Judges in 2018 include representatives from USA TODAY, Charleston Gazette Mail and Recreation News, and journalists whose work appears in the Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine and Virginia Living among others, and in podcasts and blogs. The award-winning event was featured on a National Geographic Today television special as well as repeated documentaries and has been named to various top event lists.

“Water: Beneath the Surface and Around the Globe,” the event’s seminar, addresses threats and solutions of drinking water on Friday, February 23 from 1 – 5pm. Speakers include Dr. Terry L. Polen, Economic Development Director and Ombudsman with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection; Dr. Zohreh Y. Movahed, Project Engineer and Water Management Consultant with WATEK Engineering Corporation and Ben Movahed, President of WATEK;

Frostburg State University’s Dr. Jonathan Flood, an Assistant Professor of Geology; and Henry R. Hidell, III, founder of Hidell International.

Jane Lazgin, former Communications Director of Nestlé Waters North America is also a presenter at the seminar. Lazgin is the 2018 International Water Tasting Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. WaterExpo Guangzhou 2018 and Guangzhou Informa Yi Fan Exhibitions Co., Ltd of China is the presenting sponsor of the Lifetime Achievement Award. “We are always thrilled when our global reach is reinforced by major international sponsors,” said Mozier, “and we welcome China to our line-up.”

There are other tastings around town for the public to enjoy including flavored sparkling water at the Fairfax Coffee House, West Virginia jams and jellies at Berkeley Springs Memories, West Virginia Moonshine and Bourbon flights at The Country Inn, and Sweet Water Brews and small plate pairing at Tari’s Café on Friday from 5-8pm.

The water tasting weekend begins on Thursday, February 22, with preliminary tastings at The Country Inn that are free and open to the public.  The seminar and Saturday’s award ceremony are live streamed on BerkeleySpringsWV Facebook events page.  Special events and activities continue everywhere in Morgan County through Sunday, February 25.  For more information, call 800-447-8797 or check the award-winning Website — www.berkeleysprings.com.

 

Water Seminar: Threats and Solutions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ~ February 15, 2018
Travel Berkeley Springs – Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
1-800-447-8797 •  www.berkeleysprings.com
Press Contact only: Jill Klein Rone ~ 304-258-3302
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BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV —- Experts in the world of water come together at the 28th Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting in an afternoon seminar on Friday, February 23 to address threats and solutions to drinking water supply. Topics range from water in ancient cultures to a remarkable solution for water in congested communities. Water: Beneath the Surface and Around the Globe, is free and open to the public from 1-5pm at The Country Inn.

The afternoon session begins with Dr. Terry L. Polen, Economic Development Director and Ombudsman with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection presenting an overview of state and federal environmental water regulations.

Dr. Zohreh Y. Movahed, Project Engineer and Water Management Consultant with WATEK Engineering Corporation and Ben Movahed, President of WATEK present their revolutionary cost effective holistic water and sanitation solution for congested communities that lack indoor plumbing.

Fountains of healing, transformation, and clairvoyance in Ancient Greece and Italy is the topic of Frostburg State University’s Dr. Jonathan Flood, an Assistant Professor of Geology.

Jane Lazgin presents “Ask Me Anything!” In addition to taking questions, the former Communications Director of Nestlé Waters North America offers facts that led to a major beverage milestone, and the trends taking bottled water beyond this revolution.

Continuing discussion of these and other vital water related topics, including the recent disaster of no water in Cape Town, South Africa, is moderated by global water expert, Henry R. Hidell, III, founder of Hidell International during the last hour of the seminar.

“The global situation with water is dire,” said Festival producer Jill Klein Rone, “but our speakers aim at presenting solutions that communities and individual can undertake. There is hope.”

The two-day Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting hosts nearly 100 waters from all over the world at The Country Inn on Friday and Saturday, February 23 and 24.  It is produced by Travel Berkeley Springs. The seminar and Saturday’s award ceremony are live streamed on BerkeleySpringsWV Facebook events page.  For more information call 800-447-8797 or check the award winning website—www.BerkeleySprings.com

Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Lifetime Achievement Award for on-going distinguished contributions to the bottled water industry was given for the first time in 2012.

BERKELEY SPRINGS 2017 INTERNATIONAL WATER TASTING LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
TO BE AWARDED TO SCOTT SHIPE
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Lifetime Achievement Award 2015: Jack C. West

Lifetime Achievement Award 2014: Dian Taylor

Lifetime Achievement Award 2013: Henry R. Hidell, III

Lifetime Achievement Award 2012: James M. Stevens, Sr.

The Golden Award of Excellence 2012: Kunlun Mountains Natural Mineral Water