I am new to blogging and there is so much to learn. I am still finding my way and looking for my niche and having heard about this conference and the fact that is was on my home turf so to speak I signed up.
I haven’t been to a food blogging conference before, but have been to many conferences and I must say this was one of the best I have ever been to. It was a bit daunting to go on my own and have the likes of Lavender and Lovage sit behind me in one of the sessions, but it just goes to show you that even established bloggers have something to learn.
The conference started out with food demos and champagne tasting. I knew it was going to be good. We tried Moet et Chandon, which was ok but sahara desert dry and Lanson which was crisp and fruity. Yes please.
I then went over to the Vitamix demo to watch this lovely lady make veggie soup in one while making strawberry ice cream and smoothies in the other. It was amazing! The soup actually came out hot and luscious.
How to convince the other half that I positively *NEED* a vitamix. Let’s just hope that I win one because let’s face it, I know my husband is not going to notice that suddenly appearing in the house. The ice cream itself was incredibly easy. She added a small amount of cream a large amount of frozen strawberries a bit of cabbage and courgette (yes you read that right) and whizzed it all up. It was sweet, fresh, and tangy. Oh and did I mention it took 25 seconds?
The soup was the most amazing bit to me, and would make me buy it for that alone. I love the fact that all fruit and veg can really be put into the vitamix without peeling so that you get all the goodness and the fibre and it’s incredibly easy to clean. Makes my magic bullet look like the garbage that it is!
Then the sessions started, The ABC’s of writing with Felicity Cloak, some sessions on new tools for your blog, I am going to trial the recipe plug in from Get Me Cooking. I sadly missed the Pen to Paper writing workshop with Diane Jacob, enjoyed the Finding Friends in PR with Helen Best-Shaw, who was also joined by Amanda French who is in PR and writes the blog A Nose for Food. And coincidentally enough she was my foodie penpal for September, so I got to meet her the same week I sent the package.
Sadly the food during the day was not gluten free friendly so by the time I got home I was not feeling too well, however all in all it was worth the commute and the time spent. I am just gutted that family commitments meant that I had to miss Diane Jacob’s writing workshop. I have been reading her book Will Write for Food, which I am really enjoying. She is incredibly talented and seemingly loves to share what she knows.
Everyone was really friendly at the event and didn’t make me feel like the impostor I felt like with my insignificant blog. I met a really interesting lady, the glamourous Jacqueline, who is married to a Parisian man, has a fab blog and splits her time between London, Paris and Hong Kong. Oh, and did I mention that she’s stunning AND nice? Really really unfair to us mortals. Don’t forget to check out her blog.
Although family commitments meant that I missed out on most of the conference, I would do it again. It was really well organised and made the event really warm and welcoming. Everyone involved was really friendly, the demonstrations were great and I learned quite a bit so whether you are an experienced blogger or a complete novice like me, I definitely recommend it.
It has given me a lot to think about, and that combined with the Food Blog course I am on (I hope) will help me polish up this old blog and give me some focus. Watch this space!
Oh I nearly forgot the SWAG!!!!! Wow, what an awesome bag o’ swag!
Have a good one!