Pre EDB2011 registration, I had no clue what a hashtag was, had about 18 tweets since my account was opened in 2008 and was invisibly coasting in the food blogging world, quietly following some and replicating recipes as I found them. But it was sheer stroke of luck. One moment the registration was closed and what followed was a series of fortunate events. When the final conference details and list of participants came out prior to the date, the tweets started coming and coming and coming.
On the way to Mascot was unlike any other. My nerves were already getting the better of me and navigator thought to play tricks with turns and shifts in routes changing in the blink of an eye. But this was nothing compared to what I felt when the doors of the Electrolux Demonstration Centre along O'Riordan Road opened its doors. There was so much buzz and excitement that was just contagious! To be around so many amazing foodies is as intimidating as it is overwhelmingly exciting.
|Chef Nonie Dwyer with a lamb butchery masterclass|
The conference was packed full of useful and important information for a food blogger - from legal issues to ethics, from food styling and photography to meat, crab and bread masterclasses, from SEO to personal experiences from successful bloggers. Valerie Khoo from the Sydney Writer's Centre shared 7 tips to create more flair in blog posts and Simon Marnie confirmed his support to the food blogging community. It was great to finally come face-face with so many bloggers who I've followed quietly for years, including Peter from Souvlaki for the Soul, Barbara of winos and foodies, Jen from Jenius, Karen from Citrus and Candy, Sefie Eats and to meet other amazing bloggers was just inspiring! The conference was capped with a lovely dinner at Kingsley Crab and Steakhouse with a menu set specially for the event. Overall, a fabulous event that was a feast to all the senses!
Huge thanks and lots of love to the organisers of the Eat Drink Blog 2011 for their dedication and efforts!! Not only did this event expanded my network in the food blogging circle, the learning was just magnificent! Its just not enough to say THANK YOU!
Now if you'll excuse me, I need to catch up on some serious tweeting.