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Wrap Up: 2015 Eat Drink Blog Conference

By October 22, 2015 canberra foodie activities, canberra restaurant reviews, cbr foodie

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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 learnt about reviewing restaurants and how not (or how) to get sued by Matthew Evans and Wendy Johnson.

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.

Saturday started bright and early with a local producers breakfast at the Farmers Market (I sadly missed this as me and early starts don’t mix) and we explored Westside down on the lake for lunch.

The workshops were held in the Nishi Gallery which is a light filled gallery the perfect size for an intimate conference.

We and had Poachers Pantry, The Cheese Project and Lerida Estate come to us for afternoon tea and a 5 course regional produce dinner at A.Baker complete with Mount Majura wines.

Sunday breakfast was provided by The Fix Cold Pressed JuicesThe Muesli BarA.Baker and Six8 Coffee Roasters.

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.

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To make Todd proud…

~ Link Love ~

Locals

Mouthless Mutters

The Food Avenue

The Girl Has Sparke

The Food Marshall

Inexplicable Wanderlust

Travel and Beyond

Gourmet Gardener

The Foodie Chain

CBR Foodie

Shenannagans

Martini Whisperer

Yummy Lummy

Good Food Week

Gather and Graze

The Balanced Lunchbox

Gnome Angel (a sneaky food blogger trapped in a quilt blogger body)

Xpatriat Games

Weekend Parent

Cider Teak

Intolerant Chef

Fran Eats

ACT Food Revolution

Dreaming of Almonds

Anything But Toast 

In Search Of Golden Pudding

Little Lauren

Cassie Laura

Hungry Planet Blog

Dory The Explorer

My Plate Now

This Canberran Life

Fine Eating

Reset and Rise

Interstaters

Little Lioness

Champagne and Chips

The Hungry Mum

My Family Kitchen

Alexcellent Blog

Sherrys Pickings

Lets Make A Panda

For The Love Of Food

The Life Of Clare

The Divine Family Tree

The Flo Show

Please Pass The Recipe

Tiffin Bite Sized

Little Food Blog

Willunga Wino

City Mum Rural Life

Whole Food Mum

Insatiable Munchies

Good Food Thyme

The Pineapple Cake

The Blonde Tourist

The Goodie Cupboard

Mums Take Five

Health Trends Tested

The Kitchen Apothecary

Nanny She Can Do

The Food Extinguisher

Play With Food

Kris Goetz

Hip Cook

Megans Kitchen

Anisa – The Macadames. xx

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14 Comments

  • Reply Fiona October 24, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Amazing weekend full of wonderful food, people and talks!

    Lovely photos!!!

    • Reply Anisa October 24, 2015 at 4:25 pm

      Agreed! Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  • Reply Shari from GoodFoodWeek October 27, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    A great ‘little’ wrap up of Eat.Drink.Blog – thanks for the link love. And it was awesome to meet you in person and I look forward to catching up in the future 🙂

    • Reply Anisa October 27, 2015 at 3:17 pm

      Thanks love. Looking forward to catching up too 🙂 xx

  • Reply Flore @ TheFloShow.com October 28, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Gorgeous post Anisa! I looooove your photos!
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    • Reply Anisa October 29, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      Thank you so much. So nice to have met you. Xx

  • Reply Liz Posmyk (Good Things) October 29, 2015 at 8:13 am

    Lovely to meet you at EDB.

    • Reply Anisa October 29, 2015 at 4:38 pm

      You too Liz. Xx

  • Reply Carla and Emma The Merrymaker Sisters October 29, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Your blog is beautiful! <3 <3

    • Reply Anisa October 29, 2015 at 4:37 pm

      Thank you so much for stopping by 😬

  • Reply Alex October 29, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    Hello Anisa, lovely to “meet” you through your blog (we didn’t get to meet in person at EDB!). What a lovely wrap up and beautiful photos. I had to miss the Farmers Markets too! 🙁 And Sunday as my child was sick, but I still got so much out of the time I WAS there!

    • Reply Anisa October 29, 2015 at 4:38 pm

      It’s a shame we didn’t get to meet but I’m sure there will be other opportunities. Thanks for stopping by. Xx

  • Reply Nadia (City Mum ~ Rural Life) September 4, 2016 at 8:03 am

    What a wondeful wrap up of a fantastic weekend. Like you, I was also so nervous about what all the other bloggers would be like. Your photos are amazing. I’m very slack and never got around to writing the blog post!

    • Reply Anisa September 4, 2016 at 8:06 am

      Thanks so much for stopping by. I had a lovely time, it’s such a shame they aren’t doing it again this year. Take care 😘😘

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