If you follow me on instagram, you would have seen my weekend frenzy of photos showcasing the 2015 Eat Drink Blog Conference last week. Behind the haphazardly snapped images of food was very well executed (and I can imagine stressful) planning, a collection of educating workshops, a group of truly inspiring food bloggers and a group of sponsors who the weekend relied upon.
Honestly, I was really apprehensive of what the weekend would be like. I naively expected to encounter an unapproachable and intimidating group of women (maybe a handful of men) and some average at best workshops. What eventuated was quite the opposite. From the minute I arrived at the registration point, there wasn’t a moment I was forced to grab my phone and scroll aimlessly to avoid looking like a deer in the headlights. Everyone was so easy to talk to, friendly and genuinely as interested as I was in what brought us all here.
The name tags were a great conversation starter, almost every delegate wearing them the entire weekend like a life line. Some of us are bloggers with a bit of experience, others with many years under their belt and a handful of delegates still building the confidence to launch their blogs.
Everyone’s story was different; from dealing with food intolerances to wanting to emulate The Londoner, or working their way through their grandmothers recipes to committing to trialling health trends so we don’t have to, everyone’s path was as unique as it was inspiring.
We were taught SEO by Todd Wright of Threesides Marketing and how not to piss off Google.
We were shown how to style a salad by photographer and stylist Tess Godkin, although she made it look so simple, we were all in awe with how the photos came out.
For those without DSLRs, there was a session on iPhone photography by Alice Lau of Girl in a Food Frenzy too.
The Merry Maker Sisters shed some light on self publishing a cookbook and how not to eat your profit margin in postage.
The inspiring Amanda Whitley from Her Canberra talked to us about full time blogging and Carly Jacobs from Smaggle about how the hell to fit blogging in around your normal life (work, family, kids, sport, exercise, relaxing – do you remember that?).
Despite everyone’s level of experience, I think we all got something out of the weekend, if nothing but a bunch of new blogs to follow.
And the food? Naturally, we were positively spoiled.
Friday we started with a selection of food at The Hamlet that could be described in no word other than glorious.
After a flurry of eating and shaking hands with apologetically oily hands, we trapsed from venue to venue on a food discovery tour. Starting with a whiskey tasting + matched canapés at Marble and Grain, followed by an ice cream appreciation (including generous tasting) with Mr Frugii, finishing with a cocktail sampling at Hopscotch. It was the perfect way to kick off the weekend.
The workshops were held in the Nishi Gallery which is a light filled gallery the perfect size for an intimate conference.
For lunch we all chose our favourite foodie activity, the options ranging from a Cupping at The Cupping Room, Cooking demonstration and lunch at the The Boat House, Brewing demonstration and lunch at the BentSpoke, Roasting demonstration and lunch at Two Before Ten to a Canberra region wine education session at The Canberra Wine House.
My love for coffee took me to The Cupping Room and the session was nothing short of perfect. Sat in the glorious Canberra October sun, we heard stories of the world barista champion (who happens to be a Canberran local) smuggling milk through international borders to ensure his coffee creation wasn’t tainted by substandard milk products. We were taught about the coffee making process from bean to cup and of course sampled many coffees with matched foods. I am sure the other foodie activities were equally as good.
Overall I thoroughly recommend the conference to any bloggers wanting to meet other like minded people and explore their craft. I left the weekend inspired, somewhat intimidated but mostly happy to have met everyone I did.
To make Todd proud…
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Gnome Angel (a sneaky food blogger trapped in a quilt blogger body)
Anisa – The Macadames. xx