Only four sleeps until I get on a plane to Adelaide for Eat.Drink.Blog, the annual conference for Australian food bloggers. AND I CAN’T WAIT!
This will be my third food bloggers conference and I would like to say I’ve learned from the first two. Which I have.
But perhaps one of the most important things I’ve learned is to be a bit organised before I go. And to find out who will be there and get to know a bit about them.
This was highlighted to me at the first conference I went to – BlogHerFood 2010 in San Francisco – after a delightful conversation with the absolutely charming Dorie Greenspan. Except I had no idea who she was. Until later. Much later. When I got back to Australia later. I may have even bragged about my baking ability. I’m blushing just thinking about it. She was very gracious. And no doubt stifling a few giggles during our chat.
So my #1 tip before you go to a food bloggers conference is check out who else is going! For Eat.Drink.Blog. you can find this out here. Check out their blogs, write a few comments, say hi via twitter [using #edb2012 so others can follow along] or on facebook.
Tip #2 – pack appropriately – don’t forget to take a camera, phone, necessary charging devices, business cards (or installing the app Bump on your iPhone). I have been known to pack, and carry, every electronic device I own. All I plan to take to Eat.Drink.Blog is my iPhone, a small point and shoot camera [although I am so in love with instagram/hipstamatic/pixlromatic and the camera feature on my new iPhone I may not even bother with my real camera], my iPad, and a small notebook and pen. Gone are the days of lugging my laptop around at conferences. Especially as at BlogHerFood I think I was also carrying about 8kg of conference loot around! [thank you sponsors!]
Don’t forget to pack comfy clothes – we will be eating. A lot!
Tip #3 – be willing to talk to people and get to know them. Work out how to describe yourself and your blog with confidence – have a bit of an “elevator pitch” so you can describe your blog in about 10-15 seconds. A food bloggers conference is not the time to be shy! Dig out your inner extrovert and say hi to people – even if you have no idea who they are! Also be willing to try new things – including new foods. One of the social events at BlogHerFood was sponsored by the American Pork Board – I tried [all in the name of research of course!] bacon ice-cream, chocolate coated bacon, chocolate bacon martini, amazing pork belly and more…
|Still not sure about Bakon Vodka…|
|How beautiful are these slices of golden beetroot?|
Tip #4 – familiarise yourself with the program and work out what sessions you want to go to – especially if there are concurrent sessions. Especially familiarise yourself with the food bits. Don’t eat too much for lunch, or too many cakes at afternoon tea, if there is a massive dinner planned [yep, learned this one from experience…]
|The FABULOUS food styling session at EDB 2011|
Tip #5 – be well rested! Something I preach but don’t practice. I was severely jetlagged at BlogHerFood [not a great idea]. I also suspect I’ll be quite sleep deprived at Eat.Drink.Blog as my final uni assignment is due the day before. And it’s barely started. And yes, I should be writing it now, instead of writing this post!
|Conference treats – soooo yum!|
Are you going to Eat.Drink.Blog? What are you most excited about? What do you want to learn from it? The whole program looks absolutely fantastic – a massive thanks to the whole organising team, and of course to the wonderful sponsors without whom this just wouldn’t happen. Special thanks to the gold sponsors, the South Australian Government and the SA Tourist Commission.