The 365 Days of Dining in Richmond, BC Campaign!
365 Days of Dining at 365 different restaurants in Richmond, BC for ONE food blogger!
Yes! Rub your eyes and clean your ears… although you can’t technically hear me, but it’s true! If you haven’t heard of the 365 Days of Dining campaign set out by Tourism Richmond, then I hope you’re sitting. This is a dream job for food lovers and especially food bloggers! Get paid to eat at 365 restaurants for 1 year! If you missed my Foodie Friday segment on NEWS 1130AM radio this morning (11am every other Friday) here’s a quick recap.
Tourism Richmond is looking for a food blogger to dine at 365 different restaurants in Richmond in 365 days. This foodie gig includes $50,000, apartment and living compensation (negotiable upon final selection) and a daily stipend for all restaurant meals. To keep your life balanced and health in check, the job even includes a one-year membership to the Richmond Olympic Oval. The job is open to anyone around the world eligible to work in Canada for 12 months and applications are open March 1 to 31, 2012.
The selected applicant will have to visit at least one of Richmond’s 800+ restaurants a day and post online content daily. He of she will manage community engagement across various social media channels and must explore all of Richmond has to offer outside of the food scene as well. They’re not looking for a food critic, but someone who can share the story of Richmond in an honest way. To apply see here.
Follow Me Foodie Thoughts/Tips on Applying
First off, kudos to their marketing team. I for one, am more than enthusiastic about the initiative and what it means to food bloggers, the blogging community, and social media in general. It gives social media increasing credibility and respect as it sees blogging as a valuable source rather than simply being “free media”. Just like any industry there is the good and the bad, and it’s up to each person to decide what he/she wants to read anyways. The campaign is a brilliant idea that’s one step ahead of the game and I can’t wait to see what comes of it. If you do plan on applying, here are a few helpful tips and my 2 cents on who I hope the final candidate will be.
1. Be honest.
This was one of my first concerns when I heard about the initiative. To me, honesty is important and I hope that whoever is chosen will stay true to oneself while being respectful and professional to parties involved. That’s why I was pleased to hear that “for a transparent and authentic experience for both the blogger and his/her followers, content will be determined by the selected candidate with minimal input from Tourism Richmond.”
2. Be open minded.
Let’s face it. Out of 800+ restaurants in Richmond about 50% are Asian so it’s important to be open minded and experimental with food. It’s okay if you don’t like something, but at least give most of it a try, if not all of it. Things like tripe, duck tongue, fish gas bladder, pork’s tongue and bitter melon are things you might have to try. It might take a while to warm up, but you have a year to do it! In the end most of it tastes like chicken or beef anyways… or some gelatinous texture.
3. Be passionate.
Although it is a dream come true for many foodies, this is a serious commitment and it’s not as easy as it sounds. Of course have fun and absorb all the perks of the job, after all you deserve it for beating out the hundreds that will apply, but when you’re doing it for 365 days it’s going to feel a little like “work”. Therefore I hope it’s work that you love!
This is an experience of a lifetime and I encourage everyone and anyone to apply if your heart is in it. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you’re from, what you did… as long as you love me baby… okay that was lyrics from Backstreet Boys, but the first part still applies! Male or female, young or “mature”, local or non-local, 1 follower or 100 000 followers, can collector or baller, beginner or expert, foodie or “food person”, life is better knowing it was a “no” than wondering if it could have been a “yes”. It is any man/woman’s game and you don’t know what they’re looking for. So stop it! That’s right. Stop reading. Stop reading and go apply or pass it on to friends who would make a great fit!
- If you have a food blog already, the blog entries for the 365 Days of Dining will go under a separate blog created especially for the campaign. You will be able to continue blogging on your personal site.
- The job description doesn’t say, but expect a truckload of Facebook “Friend” Requests if you get the gig! *Ahem* dining partners.
- To see what people are saying on Twitter the official hash tag is #Richmond365
PS: I am overwhelmed by the support and words of encouragement to those who have encouraged me to apply. I am truly honoured. After some consideration I have decided that… heeeyyy! didn’t I tell you to stop reading and go apply already?