The first weekend of November was reserved for networking, food writing, food photography and of course gorging. Eat Drink Blog is a food blogging conference held each year. This year, I decided to go along to get a few tips from the pros about photography, social media and writing.
The conference was held in the Central Market in the CBD of Adelaide. With a short tour on day one of the market and a lunch feast on day two they made us feel at home.
ABOVE: Pirogi and a meat doughnut from the central markets – just a quick snack to refuel.
With the choice between a food writing workshop with Dianne Jacob or a winery tour I knew what I wanted to do. I have read Dianne’s book about three times this year since getting it in February – For any food blogger it is has the best advice for writing about food. The afternoon session was a great learning experience. I am looking forward to sharing a story with you that I worked on in the class. It was written in ten minutes! You will have to wait a few weeks though.
Dinner on the Saturday was an extravagant South American and Central American style affair. With tacos, empanadas and churros. I have never seen so much food ever. The meal was on the terrace of the Hilton they even had a lamb on a spit.
Sunday was down to business with talks from guest speakers. I have learnt a few things and some have just stuck the right chord in my head. Over the next month my blog will be transforming into the best food blog in Australia – well I hope so anyway. There is always room for improvement. One of the great talks on the Sunday was from Fiona Roberts who talked about food styling something that I am in desperate need of learning. Today I have just been raiding a few op-shops for some fabric and plates. Colours and texture are important. Green and wood is not a static colour theme of mine. Mind you if you check most of my recipe pictures I seem to stick to these colours. Next year I promise to branch out – PROMISE.
Lunch on the Sunday was provided by a few of the purveyors of the Adelaide Market. Eating like kings again, we got to sample bit sized pieces of meats, breads, paella, freshly cooked ham (my personal favourite), chocolate and more.
Hungry food bloggers, with camera’s in-tow
Tony O’Connell carving freshly cooked ham, O’Connell & Sons Meat Market
BIG THANKS TO EDB2012. Thank you to all the sponsors who made this happen, SA tourism especially for looking after us. Amanda & Christina – Thank you to both of you for organising a great event along with all your helpers. So many people fed us, thank you, there are too many to list all of them. BIG THANKS.
I look forward to next year, to meet up with any of the bloggers I missed. I was lucky enough to meet so many people whose blogs I read and more that I have added to my list. I had a great time and I look forward to seeing everyone again next year.